Hawk's Nest/Desert Tortoise/Dixie Mountain Loop

MODERATE 64 reviews

Hawk's Nest/Desert Tortoise/Dixie Mountain Loop is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running


A nice moderate trail through great desert scenery crossing creeks and twisting and turning around the hills. Provides a loop opportunity between Hawk's Nest Trail, Valle Verde Trail, and Dixie Mountain Loop.

19 days ago

Great hike, but not for beginners or those with ankle, knee or hip injuries. lots of rocks and trail is half incline. Gorgeous views.

21 days ago

Nice little morning city-hike. Mostly easy, some short moderate pieces. On the east side of the Tortoise Loop there is a nice preserve with lots of Saguaro and Chollo cactus.........
Trail head was easy to find, parking was accessible, and clean restroooms.
Don't forget your water.

22 days ago

The cactus were beautiful.

2 months ago

This was a great hike for distance. Some ups and downs. I’m usually not a fan of downhill because I slide but I did pretty well with my hiking stick. Parking and trailhead are easy to get to.

trail running
4 months ago

Excellent marked trails. Good up and downs. Some very rocky areas slowing down your pace a little, but overall great.

6 months ago

A nice hike that isn't too strenuous. Some pretty areas along the trail.

8 months ago

Beautiful loop trail. We walked it clockwise with the dogs, while doing a little geocaching. After the first uphill, it was pretty easy going.

9 months ago

Started on the H trail to D trail, to V , to DT, then back to H , not sure, maybe 4 mile hike. quite easy but nice day and very few people.

11 months ago

Nice quick hike on a busy afternoon. I'll be back to do the Dixie Mountain loop next!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A beautiful hike full of Cactii and neat flora. Easy to hike for all levels. Well marked with user friendly signs. Wonderful Phoenix experience to do!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Super fantastic trail! It was a little busy but not so much that you couldn't enjoy being in nature. There are now restrooms and water fountains at the trailhead!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Part of a loop: Hawk's Nest to Desert Tortoise to Dixie Mountain, left back to Hawk' s Nest. The shorter and far easier of the two loops at 2.8 mi. All the climbing is in the .25mi Hawks Nest at the start.
Pretty amazing for a trail that starts in an apartment complex and subdivision five minutes from I 17. Start the trail and the urban sprawl disappears and you are out on untouched open desert.
A new area. No facilities at trailhead so come with full water bottles and an empty bladder. Was hard to find last year but there are now friendly signs to guide you from the main road.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Another classic Sonoran Desert trail with amazing desert scenery. Great sign posts with trail information such as GPS, elevation and distance. Provides access from Hawks Nest (trailhead) to Valle Verde Trail which then takes you to all of the trails at the south of the preserve.
Proper hiking boots recommended as trail can be rocky in some places.

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