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Dixie Mountain Day Hike
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
January 28, 2017
by Gabrielle McConnell
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by Jim Buyens

There were 14 of us on this hike. We met at the Desert Vista Trailhead at 8 AM. Getting to the trailhead is a little deceptive as it is behind a housing community. But once you are up in the trails, and looking out over the hills, you see wilderness. The morning was quite chilly and we wanted to get moving, so we did not dally too long at the trailhead.

Picture courtesy Lin Chao.
L to R: Yannis, Jim, Joe, Dave, Biljana, Emma, Gabe, Carl, Rudy, Darrell, Mohammad, Doug, Kari.

The hike had a shorter option and a longer version. Most of us did the long version, which ended up being a 9.5 miles. The first part out of the trailhead was up the short, rather steep Hawks Nest trail. Then, we took a left and wound our way around the Dixie Mountain loop. We took the Valle Verde trail to connect with the Cactus Wren Trail and the Great Horned owl Trail. Return to the trailhead was via the Desert Tortoise Trail. Jim’s stats record the total ascent of 1,403'.

Although it started out chilly, once we got moving and the sun came out we warmed up and were shedding layers. It was a perfect day for a hike.

Vista from Dixie Mountain Trail.
Early morning sun on the cholla
Hikers picture
What a perfect day for a hike!
O.K., but I thought this was the right way.

The hike was a great way to spend a Saturday morning: great weather, great friends and great food. We were complete at about 12:30 and some of us then went to lunch at the OliveTree Mediterranean Grill.

Thanks very much to Lin for taking the pictures.

Supplemental Report
by Jim Buyens

Thanks for organizing such a great hike, Gabe, and thanks everyone else for coming along and enjoying the day. It was great seeing you all.


Hike Statistics
Total Distance:9.49miles
Starting Time:8:10AM
Moving Time:3:43hrs:min
Stopped Time:0:31hrs:min
Finishing Time:12:25PM
Avg. Speed Moving:2.5mph
Avg. Speed Overall:2.2mph
Starting Elevation:1,617ft
Minimum Elevation:1,138ft
Maximum Elevation:2,037ft
Total Ascent:1,403ft
Starting Temperature:38°
Finishing Temperature:64°
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updated February 1, 2017