Dixie Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 741 feet Route Type: Loop

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The main loop trail at Phoenix's Sonoran Preserve provides plenty of options for either a short walk or a longer hike. The elevation gain is accumulated through small ups-and-downs along the trail. Look for the Teddy Bear Cholla forest between mile posts 2.6 and 2.75. The Sonoran Preserve is located in the transition zone to the Arizona Upland, which has higher amounts of rainfall than other Phoenix area hikes, increasing both the lushness and diversity of plant life.

running
6 hours ago

A very nice “mild” trail that is runnable and not too rocky or taxing. I enjoyed this in the afternoon despite the 95 degree heat. There is a segment where the trail goes thru a hillside covered in endless cholla! So beautiful. And the old car at the beginning of the trail is an interesting touch.

mountain biking
rocky
10 days ago

Recommended for advanced mtb riders only.

Nice hike but a little on the boring side. The highlight was definitely the owl nest with baby owls right next to the trail. The huge number of teddy bear chollas are beautiful but be careful, especially if you step off trail at all. Nice views of the hills, but also a fair amount of houses and roads which Aren’t my favorite. The spur to the summit is a no-joke climb, but besides that elevation changes aren’t too crazy. Fairly rocky but not to the point of being too difficult.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Did this trail a couple of weeks ago. Loved it. Challenging enough; great views, Mama owl with babies in Saguaro next to the H trail was an amazing sight

1 month ago

Great hike! You’ll see a lot of wildlife, baby owls are nesting right next to the trail probably a half mile in. I did see a rattlesnake next to the trail, it’s that time of year so just be cautious.

no shade
1 month ago

This would be a good trail for trail runners. Once you get up the first incline and get away from people the loop is a great run.

1 month ago

Ok folks I would rate this trail harder than moderate as it is very steep going up the counterclockwise and clockwise. The trail is very rocky and has lots of loose gravel. If you have poles use than here for that treacherous stepping..Lots of beautiful flowers to see if your not with three guys.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
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rocky
1 month ago

Lovely little trail. A couple of great views and lots of critters roaming about. :)

hiking
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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail for exercise! Wonderful panoramas of the valley while hiking. Trail is rocky but not impossible. Great to hike on overcast or cooler days as there is little in the way of shade! Wildflowers are peaking and spectacular (April 1st). I will definitely hike this hidden gem again.

hiking
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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Great local trail and loop.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Stunning wildflowers. Beautiful morning.

rocky
2 months ago

Great trail. Very scenic with lots of cacti and wild flowers in bloom, including bluebonnets.

hiking
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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous trail this time of year! Tons of wildflowers

hiking
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rocky
3 months ago

I’ve done this trail a couple times now and I really enjoy coming here since it’s pretty close to my house. The trailhead is located kind of in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, which was a little weird to me, but the trail leads you around to some beautiful wildflowers and a cholla forest that makes you forget how close the houses are. I found the trail to be slightly challenging personally, as there are some good elevation climbs, but it’s a great workout. The only thing that can be a bit annoying is there is a good amount of foot and bike traffic going both ways, especially on weekends. Most parts of the trail are wide enough to let other people pass, but it can be a bit of a squeeze. Overall it’s a good day hike and a nice workout. Parking is good and there are bathrooms and water at the trailhead, and cell reception is very good over here

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Great trail for a spring day! Lots of chollas, but really maintained trail! We loved it!

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Awesome easy trail to see some birds and owl nest!

recorded Dixie Mountain Loop Trail

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

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