Dixie Mine

EASY 58 reviews

Dixie Mine is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

McDowell Mountain Regional Park 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP Arizona 85255 Ph: 480-471-0173 Fax: 602-372-8507 mcdowellpark@mail.maricopa.gov Mailing Address McDowell Mountain Regional Park PO Box 18415 Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-8415

8 days ago

Closer to moderate than easy. Fairly scenic and not many people using it. I also missed the trail back to the mine but it was the best part of the hike for me, if you continue going up the trail past the mine to the top of the mountain you can see the fountain (during the first 15 minutes of every hour), a little bit of the Verde river and a lot better view of the mountains.

18 days ago

Nice Trail, we were lucky to see about 6 Mule Deer about 100 yards away from us:)

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7 months ago

Amazingly beautiful scenery. It was a little difficult to find the trail after crossing the dirt road. We had to double back to find it. It is just a few feet down the road past the wash. Up that wash are the other caves and petroglyphs. It looks like a game trail.

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8 months ago

Beautiful out and back hike. Not very difficult and a great place to take the dog for a casual hike. Not very many people. You do have to park outside a gated community (Eagles Nest) and walk approx a half mile to trail head.

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8 months ago

Located in the McDowell Mountain Range behind the gated community of Eagle's Nest, this is a near-perfect hike through rolling hills. The views are second to none with various types of cacti, lush vegetation, and a variety of geological wonders. Views go on for days.

The hike is exceptionally well maintained and labeled. It is out and back, and at around 2 miles, you reach the established mine. There are two paths to get there: one narrow option just after the signs to the trail, and another wider "road" a bit farther down. The mine entrance is straight down and well covered to avoid falls. However, as you stand on the mine and look down toward the wash, you will see another mine that is open.

To explore more, when returning back, turn right at the wash to visit three more small mines and petroglyphs. Only a mild amount of bouldering is needed to traverse this area, but it is well worth it. These extra steps will make the hike closer to 6 miles.

We took the hike on a cloudy, cool day, which was perfect since there is no coverage on the trail. But in some places, it certainly didn't feel like we were in Arizona. There was so much green in the area, and at the right times of year, the wildflowers will be spectacular.

9 months ago

I think this trail should be rated moderate due to very numerous up and down portions,some of which Have loose rock Very little shade. Take water. It is a beautiful trail and there are some great quartz outcroppings

9 months ago

Just an incredible hike. So much to see and appreciate. Solid workout. Encountered a huge rattlesnake that was more afraid of us than we were of it. Highly recommend this trail. Can't wait to take it in with my mountain bike.

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9 months ago

This hike has gorgeous views all around. The trail has many variations in the terrain as well. There are several steep climbs, some loose rocks and rocky slopes. My hiking poles came in handy for sure. Newer to the hiking scene since January of this year. My own personal opinion is this trail is moderate due to the steep hills. You must park outside the gated community and walk about a half mile thru the subdivision before getting to the trail head. There is a $2 honor system pay envelopes once you reach the trail head. Have plenty of water!!

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