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Sonoran Trail to Dixie Mine to Thompson Peak

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Sonoran Trail to Dixie Mine to Thompson Peak is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from January until November.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 2,162 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

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No dogs

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Recordings (58)
Completed (127)
John Brasseale
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Keran Li
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Norman Richter
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Because of the steep inclines, this trail requires both endurance and strength. The views from the top, are outstanding and worth the effort, but do understand there really are 70% grades that require extra effort.. Both up and DOWN!

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Mark Sygrove
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4 hours to complete. First 1/2 mile is lane and through a community. Last 1 mile is a difficult climb. Amazing views from the top. If there is gentle breeze at the beginning of your hike, you will be hit with gale force winds near the top. It makes the last part of your climb more exciting.

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Michael Greenberg
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Nice long meandering trail until Thompson Peak Road then it’s steep, steeper and whoa, the steepest sustained grade that I’ve hiked. 10 miles round trip, worth it.

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Jodi O'Meara Grassy
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Very hard in the knees once you get to the actual mountain. The rest of the trail was decent. Beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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Steven Whaley
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If you like steep trails this one is for you. City views at the top. Saw only about 9 people on Saturday am.

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Suzanne Wright
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it's a good hike to get your heart rate up. the first 3 miles are nice and pretty easy then you hit the paved section and it is steep! I'm not a strong hiker but all you need is determination and you'll get up there. Very nice views from the top and a good sense of accomplishment. We met a young woman who was using it as a training hike for an upcoming trip to Kilimanjaro, she was doing it twice in one day! I might try that when I'm getting ready for Machu Picchu next year.

Jay Gurcsik
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Great hike, and much easier with trekking poles. I got to the peak and back in just under 4 hours without stopping at the mine

Shep Pryor
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This hike is a bit of a rough one but if you're like me you stare at the radio towers on Thompson peak from across town all day long. You drive into Fountain Hills and begin at the Sonoran trail head. There is a parking lot there and for about a 1/2 mile you follow the feathers that are emblazoned on the side walk through a residential area. It's a little strange that this is how it begins but there's no helping it. The trail head parking lot is abutting a private property protected gate. But hikers/trailrunners/bikers are welcome. You follow the feathers to the Sonoran put in trail head. About 1.5 miles in the trail splits to become the Dixie Mine trail or continue counterclockwise on the Sonoran trail head towards Sunrise peak. If you continue on the Dixie Mine trail for about another 2 miles or so you'll hit the access road that the Cox Communication trucks use to then drive up and service the radio tower. Some of that road is tolerable. There is a paved section approximately 1 mile straight up. It's literally a 45 degree angle. It's truly horrible. But you're rewarded with a plateau area that saddles between the FH and Scottsdale sides. After this it's a slow grind up more paved roads to the top. The trail is extremely sparse with hikers but if you live in Scottsdale and enjoy the McDowell's it's at least a local bucket list hike that I'd recommend. Views on top are stunning.....although the radio frequency vibrations of the towers make you wonder if you should bail quickly.

Lisa Moore
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Brad Vaughn
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Courtney Unger
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Mike Clarke
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C Youlater
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Demi Marc
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Jorge Martinez
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Demi Marc
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Kirk McLaws
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Soren Nielsen
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Chuck Fries
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WILLIAM HOEFT
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Lynda H.
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Thomas G.
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Charlie Loots
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Matthew Douglas
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Elizabeth Duerk
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Inga Fors
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Liz Hunter
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Andrew Hill
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