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Hawk's Nest Trail and Dixie Mountain Loop

MODERATE 46 reviews

Hawk's Nest Trail and Dixie Mountain Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
800 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

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wildlife

Moderate Trail providing access from the Car Park to all other trails. Directly links to Desert Tortoise Trail and Dixie Mountain Loop. Good hiking shoes/boots recommended.

This is a nice hike but a pretty busy trail. I'd say its on the easier side of moderate unless the 6 mile distance is an issue. The pup and I took a short detour to Dixie summit which was definitely worth it for the views. I prefer the rugged steep inclines some of the trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve area have to this area though.

hiking
2 months ago

Allot of bee's in some area's but that is expected on trails. Overall awesome hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nicely maintained trail, good marking posts, very easy to stay on course and not get lost. Beautiful views! There are times when all you can see around you is nature— maybe with the the exception of a peek at civilization. Saw hot air balloons close by and heard their burners. Spotted an owl who nests in a saguaro every year (learned this from a fellow hiker who stopped to look and pointed her out). This hike is challenging enough, that's for sure. Will do again!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail !

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike, mostly smooth trail surface. Almost had a heart attack a couple times from bikers racing up from behind. Ended up getting back to the car just before dark. Saw no wildlife out today.

trail running
6 months ago

Well kept trail with a good mix of elevations and trails. I found it great for an early morning trail run with very few hikers or cyclists.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Baby owls were super cute! Did not realize it gets so hot quickly, we started our hike 9ish and it got too hot too soon

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Awesome. Saw the new baby owls. Mama enjoying the sunrise. Balloons right above. Another beautiful morning in the desert.

hiking
Friday, March 16, 2018

Excellent trail, plenty of up and down terrain.. beautiful views, so clearly se to the city

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Long gentle inclines that skirt two summits. If you want more challenge, take the Spurs up to the summits. Mostly away from civilization and noise so very relaxing.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Great walk, not too much loose rock, double wide trail. Views terrific, especially if you take the .2 mile jaunt up the hill and back as shown. Could run or bike this one if I were in better shape.

hiking
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Well marked trails, easy parking and enjoyable hike.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Loved the hike lots of green and wild flowers :)

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

Great trail, well maintained and great views. And then there's the saguaro cactus with the owls nest :)

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good for Mountain biking. Good variety but you better have tubeless. Lots of cactus everywhere

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nice hike offering a number of good views and changes in elevation. A couple of off-trail climbs allow for greater viewing distance, but not much in the way of better scenery. Rocky, footwear with firm soles are a plus.

hiking
Monday, February 03, 2014

Although named Hawk's Nest, I'm told the large nest a short way up the trail is actually an owl's nest. I didn't see anything in it today but am told you can see owl chicks in the nest every spring.

hiking
Monday, January 06, 2014

nice trails great people. nice elevation changes.

hiking
Sunday, August 18, 2013

This Trail is the access point from the Car Park to all other trails in this part of the Sonoran Preserve. Fairly steep towards the top of the trail if you are going to the Dixie Mountain Loop Trail. Good information on all the trails at the trailhead/car park.

hiking
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mountain biking
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