This pristine island of desert features panoramic views of the entire Valley. You'll see the Hieroglyphic Mountains to the west, Cave Creek and New River Mountains to the north, and Camelback and Piestewa Peaks to the south. Luminescent “jumping” cholla, sweet-smelling creosote and arroyos choked with acid-green Palo Verde trees decorate the paths, providing ample nesting places for the resident Gila woodpeckers, Gambel quails, lizards and red-tail hawks.
The Dixie Mountain Loop is 4.62 miles, including the Hawks Nest access trail… OR 5.74 miles including both optional summit spurs. The loop hike is considered easy-moderate however trail is steep for those who choose to go to summit(s)… (Dixie Mountain Summit: 0.22 mile one way / 346 ft. ascent).
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours
Here are some on-line descriptions of the hike:
Distance: 4.6 - 5.75 miles TBD
Time: 3-4 hrs.
Elevation: 1,600' – 2,251' TBD
Most of the loop trail hugs the 1,700' level.
Western Vista spur: 2075'
Dixie Mountain Summit: 2,251'
Elevation gain: 100 ft. for loop – 475 ft. including western vista - -650 ft. including dixie summit
Parking: no restroom or water, plenty of parking, trail map sign
Tailhead GPS: 33° 44’ 27” N, 112° 05’ 51” W
Entry fees: no
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
Have light rain gear available (we may hike in light drizzle).
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
How to find us: Meet at trailhead parking lot (directions below)… If lost or late, call cell[masked]-5945.
TO GET THERE: From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to Jomax exit. Go right (east) 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 it to the trailhead parking lot. The address above may work on Mapquest, not on google. When in doubt, use my directions.
Google says the trail head is 10-15 minutes from the I-17 & 101
Google says the trail head is 30 minutes from the I-10 & 51
Google says the trail head is 40 minutes from the 60 & 101
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Following the hike: We will reconvene for rehydration and food locally.