6:00 am is the start time from the trail head
Join the club for a double loop hike from Desert Vista Trailhead (the original and southernmost TH in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve). We will hike up Hawks Nest to Desert Tortoise Trail, to Valley Verde (S) then head toward Cactus Wren, Across Great Horned Owl, back and up Valley Verde. Then we will re-connect with the Dixie Mine Loop around Hawks Next and return to trailhead. (If the group determines it wants a shorter route, we can skip the second loop and head back at Valley Verde.)
Rating: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail type: Figure 8- Double Loop
Estimated hiking time: Approximately 3-4 hours
Total distance: 9 miles (for long route)
Estimated Elevation Change: 2,000-3,000 feet (accumulated through small climbs and descents throughout the trail
What to bring: plenty of water, snacks, and hat and sturdy shoes or boots are recommended.
Directions to the Trailhead: Desert Vista Trailhead - From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to Jomax exit. Go 0.2 mile on Jomax to Norterra Parkway, turn left (north) and continue 1.2 miles to North Valley Parkway. Turn right (south) and go 0.2 miles to Copperhead Trail. Turn left and go just a few yards to Melvern Trail. Turn left on Melvern and go 0.1 mile to Desert Vista Trail on the right . Follow Desert Vista through a gate that leads to the trailhead.