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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
tibber
Hiking5.36 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.89 mph
400 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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White Mountain weekend :y: .

We drove up Friday via I-17 and crossed over to Payson and onto almost Nutrioso. It really is a beautiful drive. The scenery is great fun to really soak in when you don't have to keep your eyes on the road. Thanks for driving Wade. The weather for the weekend would be iffy the entire time but we got lucky as we were able to get in 4 hikes.

Saturday it was early rise to enjoy a great breakfast quiche prepared by Mary Jo and then our hour drive to the Trailhead. It was very green and lush as we headed down toward the River. The star of the day was Western Sneezeweed en masse :) . What is already an incredible landscape was highlighted by this yellow wildflower all over the place. They have been getting lots of rain here and it surely showed; even when we were on the trail that had lots of water on it from time to time.

We encountered some of the Conservation Youth Corp working on the trail clearing brush and doing other maintenance to make our hike even more pleasant. The amount of flowers was astonishing. I didn't make it to Glacier Park this year so this made up for it in that I got to see many alpine flowers I would normally see up there including Heal All (Self-Heal) and Harebells among others. I think Ambika may have lost count of all the flowers this weekend.
The water was running fast and somewhat muddy in the cascades.

The stars of the show was the flora though. We really hit it at a good time. There weren't many people on the trail though we did run into a few fisherman and maybe 1/2 dozen hikers or so. It looks like at the turn around junction that the river has widened somewhat and some of the banks have eroded. We didn't stay long here.

On the way back someone spotted a large group of mushrooms. There were lots in this one area close to the river. I don't believe I've seen so many mushrooms in one place, especially the Fly Agaric. We did see lots of other mushrooms along the trail too. There was even running water coming down the seeps.

All I can say is "as usual, this trail delivered everything it's hyped to be". I think it is a must-do every time you are up in this area.

Two Part video (the light was a little difficult for the video),
Including some of the drive outside of Springerville and then hike to big gathering of Columbia Monkshood https://youtu.be/XZDG3...
Monkshood to confluence: https://youtu.be/5zJuG...
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