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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful trail right now with all the wildflowers.
Beautiful right now with the rolling hills full of wild flowers.
This is a another nice, quick, convienent trail. It took just under an hour. Beautiful scenery just minutes from the city.
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.