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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.30 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   4 Hrs      1.33 mph
300 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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After a couple of days of off-trail exploring I decided to hike the well known Thompson Trail. I waited until a weekday to reduce the crowds and was the first one at the trailhead at 7:20am which was a short drive from my campsite on FR402. My Grandkids have hiked this trail twice already this summer and it was my turn. The great views start out right at the trailhead with a view of the West Fork Black River meandering through the huge meadow which encompasses the Thompson Ranch site. The trail is in great shape and one can maintain a fast pace on it but I chose the time consuming @Tibber approach pausing to take many photos. Damage from the 2011 Wallow fire is evident but the forest is recovering and the scenic views are only slightly impaired. Of course I tended to exclude burned areas in the photos selected for this photoset. If more than this short out-and-back hike is desired, one could explore further along the connected West Fork #628 Trail which continues another 3.1 miles to a trailhead at FR68 but probably isn't as scenic.
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Great Blue Heron
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West Fork Black River
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