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Thompson Peak - MSP, AZ
2012-06-035 by
 
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking12.14 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns    3.52 mph
2,498 ft AEG      9 Mns Break  
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Dixie Mine Trail
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wanted to go up thompson peak today, completing the set of four major peaks in the mcdowell mountains
had a raging debate with myself on the approach, but in the end i chose the dixie mine trail as i hadn't been on it before
it's a nice trail, just don't care much for the .55 mile approach on the streets
guess i cheated myself the 1.1 miles, as i started my tracking at the official trailhead
took dixie mine to thompson peak road, then UP
i've done this part before, via gateway center, which makes for a longer hike
really didn't mind the uphill, although the steepest parts are always a challenge
some guys were working at the summit, but everything seems open - road was closed for a few weeks earlier this year
spent a few minutes looking at the views, taking some pics, identifying landmarks, etc
headed back down, and when i hit the dixie mine intersection, kept going east on that trail
thought i would see what the rest of it looked like and get some extra miles
crossed the start of the coachwhip trail and went a bit farther, but as i didn't know where dixie mine ended and didn't want to run out of water, turned around at a set time
will have to return to hike some of the other trails in mcdowell mountain regional park sometime; i've mountain biked pemberton years ago
dixie mine offered great scenery of the mcdowell mountains, all kinds of cactus, and lots of solitude
a handful of hikers and mountain bikers, and one trail runner
still think it would be fun to hit all four peaks in one mega day hike
ended up taking shea to palisades to golden eagle on the drive in
only about 10 minutes more than lost dog wash trailhead
gps track is one-way from the official trailhead kiosk
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