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Sonoran Trail Fountain Hills is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 862 ft Route type Out & Back

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Lower Sonoran Trail is an addition to the Fountain Hills Sonoran Preserve trail system. It parallels the older original Sonoran Trail to form a four mile loop.

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Steve Ehrlich
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Hiking

Great day for hiking. Everyone was social distancing. The wind kept the heat comfortable. Hoping for more days like this ahead.

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Jean Ann Wheeler
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Inspirational and peaceful trail at at a turbulent time in our world. very few people... stunning views of Four Peaks and nearby ridges.

Hemingway The German Shepherd
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

great trail, took the upper trail in and lower trail out

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Tiffany Huett
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This trail was beautiful and not crowded on a Saturday! First half mile or so is on the sidewalk, walking from the parking area more into the neighborhood to the "official" trailhead. But the map does count the sidewalk as part of the overall distance. The incline is very gradual. When you get to the 2nd intersection with signs, be aware, this trail mapping is for the "upper" Sonoran.

Kara Maceross
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Running

Agree with others about the pavement being a bummer but other than that great trail! Typical Sonoran desert with lots of chollas, saguaros, etc... Many possibilities to extend for a longer run and the elevation gain was very gradual. I would definitely come back!

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Ron Amann
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Hiking

Are now 2 Sonoran trails, lower (2017?) and upper trails. Both are a good work out and would be considered easy. The Upper-lower loop is about 5.5 miles

Robert Logan
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Hiking

Great trail to really enjoy Arizona’s desert at its finest. It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the trail head but worth it. It’s mainly flat and uphill but coming back it’s all down hill. Once you split from Dixie mine trail it’s peaceful and calming. Definitely would do this trail again

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Alex Maskovyak
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Hiking

Did the extended loop out. Has some varied terrain and shrubberies. Nice wild flowers. Start of the hike begins way before trailhead with a sidewalk (somewhat unfortunate).

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Steve Ehrlich
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Hiking

App map is not current. F.H. opened new Adero Canyon Trailhead mid November 2018. Lower Sonoran trail is shown on my map. Narrow and In your face trail. I have done loop 1 lower to upper Sonoran is about 3.5 miles.

Jayne Bushman
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It was a total of 8.75 miles. We took the upper tail and the new lower tail back. It was a great loop. Great views of Fountain Hills including the fountain. The new tail is not on any of the maps.

Jen Davidson
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Running

Good little trail run!

Allen A.
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Hiking

This morning, we did the Dixie Mine/Sonoran Trail/Western Loop/Promenade Lollipop loop. It's called a lollipop because it's a long hike in to get to the loop at the end. The Sonoran Trail is moderate depending upon your physical conditioning. There isn't any scrambling over rocks but it's a long climb. The Western Loop is quite challenging and steep but again, very little scrambling. The total hike is just shy of 10 miles with fantastic views (look for the fountain hills fountain) and beautiful scenery. During the spring, this area is filled with the colors of desert blooms. As always, bring lots of water, a hat and some good snacks.

Vangie Turner
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Hiking

We actually did a 10.7 mile hike the phone died before I can complete it on the review great hike great people it was amazing looking at the petroglyphs

jacques corre
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Excelent trail, very well setup, ups ans downs, scarry switchbacks. Very technical parts, some hike a bike. Cannot get lost, it is only one trail and you always are in sight of Fountain Hill. One trail to do but do not bring your beginner friends, they will never forgive you. The best access is from the TH at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hill. You have to use the road to the TH of Dixie Mine trail.The Sonaran trail starts from Dixie Mine trail by a long moderate uphill. I think the best way is to come back the same way to enjoy the long descente back to Dixie Mine trail. I did not do the Western loop at the end due to time, it is short (1.2 mile) but looks scary.

Alice Helton
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Paul S
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Erez Kessler
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Alice Helton
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Alice Helton
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Alice Helton
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Alice Helton
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Steve Ehrlich
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Brad Vaughn
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Bruce Barber
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Karl Schnell
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Allen A.
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Steve Ehrlich
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Mike Pennell
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Jeff Gates
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