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Dixie Mine Trail

Contributed by ranchez

This is an easy trail with great views of the McDowell Mountains and Four Peaks and meanders over and through the ridges, valleys and arroyos in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains.  The  entire park is home to abundant wildlife, and is a great place for bird watchers.

The trail meets up with several other routes in the area of the old Dixie Mine, offering multiple options for a longer hike.  The mine is closed and barred - going inside is strictly forbidden and unsafe.


Travel north of Shea Blvd on Palisades.
Turn left onto Golden Eagle.  
Follow Golden Eagle to the end. 
The trailhead parking lot is on the left, just before the guard house. 

Follow the signs along the north side of the road past the guard house and into the gated community.  The marked "Trailhead" signs will lead you to the McDowell Mountain Park boundary and the actual start of the trail.  Both the trail and the parking lot close at sunset. 

There is a $1.00 fee per vehicle - paid at the actual trailhead (deposit box with envelopes).

Length: 5.9 miles  |   Rating: Easy
Activies: Mountain Biking, Dog-friendly, Day Hiking

Trailhead Elevation: 2100

Trailhead Waypoint: 33.639428 N -111.768559 W

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Management Area(s)
McDowell Mountain Park

Maricopa County

Nearby Cities
Cave Creek
Fountain Hills
Paradise Valley

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