Looking for a great trail in Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve, Arizona? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve ranging from 2.5 to 13.9 miles and from 1,604 to 2,283 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Easy, long trail with small inclines - great cardio workout

Great trail. The weather was perfect, started out overcast and windy. We went a different route. I thought DT stood for Dixie Trail but it stands for Desert Tortoise. We took Hawks Nest to Desert Tortoise to Valle and then onto Dixie Mountain Loop. 5.84 miles. I would say moderate.

Hiking recommended. Well maintained trail. View of the summit very beautiful. Some mountain bikers. Take water and cap at this time of the year.

Perfect running trail.

Nice, easy trail. Clearly marked. My dog enjoyed :)

Nice trail. sadly I must have bumped my recorder. it didn't record the whole trail. very quiet trail. really enjoyed it.

Super great views and well maintained..a lot of bikers though so be mindful when hiking/running

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1 month ago

Great trail with desert views. Moderate with nice compact trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike. Perfect weather.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice loop to test your legs and cardio before you try one of the longer or more difficult sections of Sidewinder. Usually pretty crowded with hikers but wide enough that all can share without much trouble. I love adding this on to the end of the AW loop ride as you get to climb a bit, get some views, and get dropped right back at the AW trailhead.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Climbs from AW trailhead will test your cardio in a few spots. Some nice longer but gradual climbs too. Once you get to the second summit its a fun descent to Ocotillo. Then some nice flow back to AW Trailhead.

Climbs to top will test your cardio. Descent is fun as is flow on Ocotillo back to the trailhead.

This was a really pretty hike and very relaxing. Some more challenging areas but definitely manageable, even for an inexperienced hiker (like myself). I will go on this hike again.

2 months ago

Good hike.

beautiful trail. trekking poles and good shoes makes it work. Be sure to take water. Dont attempt entire trail above 90 degrees

Nice Easy Trail, we’ll maintained....enjoyed 15 Hot Air Balloons above...sadly we didn’t see the Momma Owl with her 3 Owlets in the nest, plenty of free parking, washrooms on site! In the area so completed Pinnacle Peak Too :)

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Very pretty hiking trial with lots of different plants! The terrain is hilly and a bit rocky but not at all a scramble!

This trail is not an easy run with the rocky uphills, but it’s a great hike with nice desert views.

Very fun trail! Pet and kid friendly.

Adding the summits makes it quite a bit more challenging.

This is a nice hike but a pretty busy trail. I'd say its on the easier side of moderate unless the 6 mile distance is an issue. The pup and I took a short detour to Dixie summit which was definitely worth it for the views. I prefer the rugged steep inclines some of the trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve area have to this area though.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to moderate. Clean. Great view. Loved it.

What a great way to spend the day. This trial is amazing with the scenic views and wildlife, Owls, Turtles and some kind of rabbit with big ole ears. Had a blast on the trial and will recommend it to everyone.

I truly could not love this trail more!! Great distance with a mix of good hills with the 2 summits!! Not too busy but enough people to know you’re not alone on the trail, especially if you come across a rattler or 2(which I did). Top 5 of favourite trails for sure. Wide trail with a few rocky/screw spots but no problem if you have good shoes!! And the views are spectacular!!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, nice distance, we got lost and added an extra 2 miles, but outside of that, beautiful scenery, great workout in totality, the peak view is great, no tough scrambling areas or anything too difficult, but we were beat after 7 miles of hiking. Everything was in bloom making it extra amazing, at the top of the peak a ton of butterflies were flying about, truly magical. No owl sightings.

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