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Thompson Peak via Adero Canyon, AZ
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Thompson Peak via Adero Canyon, AZ 
Thompson Peak via Adero Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.50 Miles 3,385 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   2.76 mph
3,385 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had hiked up to Thompson Peak 3-4 times, and each time was from the Dixie Mine TH. This time I decided to try a little longer route from the Adero Canyon TH in Fountain Hills.

This hike was in 3 different preserves: The Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve(FHP); the Maricopa County McDowell Mountain Regional Park(MMRP); and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve(MSP).

I began the hike at the Adero Canyon TH in the FHP. I took the Promenade Trail and then at the junction witn the Sonoran Trail and the Lower Sonoran Trail, I took the Lower Sonoran Trail. After a couple of miles the Lower Sonoran Trail converged with Sonoran Trail at the boundary between the FHP and the MMRP, and I followed the Sonoran Trail to the Dixie Mine Trail. I then took a left on the Dixie Mine Trail and followed it to a "T", and took a left onto the Thompson Peak Road, and followed the road up to the top of Thompson Peak. I reversed course on the way back, except that instead of branching off on the Lower Sonoran Trail, I took the Sonoran Trail all the way from the Dixie Mine Trail to the Promenade Trail.

Going out and coming back you have a choice of going on the Lower Sonoran Trail or the Sonoran Trail; the Lower Sonoran Trail is the easier of the 2.

This hike is a good workout, and is one that I like to do every now and then. Relative to going to Thompson Peak from the Dixie Mine TH, doing the hike this way is about 4.5 miles longer with an additional 900' of elevation gain.

I saw my first snake of the year: a garter snake sunbathing in the middle of Thompson Peak Rd.

It was a clear day, and there were some really nice views off to the east of snow-covered Four Peaks, Mt. Ord, and Mazzy Peak.
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