Dixie Mountain Loop Trail

EASY 178 reviews

Dixie Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

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.

1 month ago

good hike..NOT an easy trail. this is moderate

2 months ago

great trail to hike.

hiking
3 months ago

So this was a decent trail. We did the baby loop this morning. Nice moderate inclines, well marked. Not sure of the milage...we should do the bigger loop next time!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Another one of those routes that makes it hard to believe you're hiking in an urban metropolis. I agree with previous comment; this is not an "easy" hike. There's 600 feet of ascent/descent. Well worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked the trail today with my wife and we found it to be a bit harder then the easy rating that we expected. The trail begins and ends with a large climb. It took us 2 hours from the parking lot and back. A great workout for us 60 year olds....would definitely do it again.

7 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful view.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy loop trail, so easy, you can montain bike it, I saw several people doing it. Might come back and maybe run the bike through it.

hiking
8 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail, but it probably should be labeled moderate. The gain listed does not really capture the up and down elevation change of the hike.

8 months ago

I hiked this loop again yesterday with my 4 young boys ages 9,7,4 and 2 yrs. they did it no problem and had a blast!

hiking
8 months ago

Love this area. There are a lot of trails off of Dixie Mountain Loop trail head. Desert Tortoise is one of them. Just beautiful! A small incline in the beginning, but the rest is pretty easy. Trail is rock, so watch your step. Beautiful flowers and various types of cactus. Also saw some lizards, family of owls, quail, beetles and caterpillars. Will definitely go back and hike all the trails there! Oh and stay to your left if you want to stay on Dixie Loop, we went right and ended up doing Desert Tortoise Trail which is a shorter trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Started on Dixie Mountain loop then branched off on Desert Tortoise Trail then back to Dixie. The Desert blooms seemed to be greater at the lower elevations. Easy trail to hike, some loose stones along the way.
Zoom in close up photo of the saguaro cactus to see the owl nesting.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail right now with all the wildflowers.

8 months ago

Amazing View

9 months ago

Beautiful right now with the rolling hills full of wild flowers.

9 months ago

This is a another nice, quick, convienent trail. It took just under an hour. Beautiful scenery just minutes from the city.

trail running
9 months ago

Did the loop (4.7mi) so pretty, good for running with the dog. Some ups and downs but nothing too steep, and trail is fairly smooth.

hiking
9 months ago

The second half of this trail was nice, but the first half is pretty bland. Also, beware that there is a ton of jumping cactus on this hike. Unfortunately a decent amount makes its way onto the trail itself. This could be a real issue with kids and/or pets.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful area full of scenic views in every direction. Easy hike, great for entire family and beginners.

hiking
10 months ago

My son and I hiked this on a moderately warm winter day. We hadn't intended on doing the loop trail but we stuck it out. We're not super in-shape people. The trail is mostly flat and well maintained. Is in the sun most of the time, however, so be prepared for that. I ti multi-use so we ran into a fair number of mountain bikers.

11 months ago

Nice mid length and moderate hike! Some gradual inclines and nice views! Quiet once you're out onto the further part of the loop.

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