Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Dixie Mountain Day Hike
when November 3, 2018
  Trip Report : January 28, 2017
  Trip Report : October 24, 2015
where Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
the hike     This Preserve has a well developed system of trails in two areas. We’ll be hiking the southern area, off Jomax road, doing the Dixie Mountain Loop, then taking the Valley Verde Trail to the Cactus Wren loop, and hiking back via Desert Tortoise Trail to Hawks Nest. Then take the Valley Verde Trail to the Cactus Wren loop, and hike back via Desert Tortoise Trail to Hawks Nest. This trail system is well marked, parts of it do overlook housing, but a good portion of the trails overlooks the Preserve, and if we are lucky, some hot air balloons.
   See Park Trail Maps.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Snacks
•  Camera
distance 9.5 miles; however, for those wishing a shorter hike, you can cut off at about 6 miles.
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1000' elevation change
elevations 1,138' to 2,037'
type Double-headed lollipop: 3 mile partial loop then we take a trail to a 2.4 mile loop and hike back, making for a hike of 9.5 miles.
starting at
Desert Vista Trailhead 33° 44.463' N,  112° 5.817' W  [NAD27]
1900 West Desert Vista Trail
on trail 100% — Dixie Mountain, Valley Verde, Cactus Wren, and Desert Tortoise Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Phoenix
meet 7:30 AM at the Desert Vista Trailhead.
drive To reach the Desert Vista Trailhead:
•  Exit I-17 at Jomax Road and head east.
Left on Norterra Parkway.
Right on North Valley Parkway.
Left on Copperhead Trail, then take the first left to Melvern Trail. The Fireside clubhouse is on the right.
On Melvern Trail, take the first right, drive straight back through the gate. Follow the road to the parking lot.
Desert Vista Trail starts at the parking lot.
Restrooms are available at the trailhead.

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