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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2020
jillyonanadventure
Hiking5.78 Miles 638 AEG
Hiking5.78 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   2.36 mph
638 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our eventful night camping prior to this hike. We made it back to camp just before the skies poured down on us. I was so glad we’d set our tents up in the morning, since rainy afternoon naps are never a bad idea! There was a break in rain around dinner time and a gorgeous sunset. We were then serenaded by large coyote packs on opposite sides of the meadow both after sunset and right after sunrise again in the morning. Breaking down camp was a wet and muddy process, but we survived the night unscathed, so yay!
We started at Thompson trail just after 8am on a sunny, cloudless morning. There were already a handful of cars at the parking lot, but the trail seemed empty. There were gorgeous wildflowers blooming all along the trail, a lot more than the last time I was there! About a mile or so into the hike, we ran into a few different groups of backpackers coming out. We inquired if they had as much rain as we did (they said yes!) and it seemed they had a bit more towards the morning than we did (we were camped maybe 30 mins from the TH). The backpacking groups looked pretty exhausted, but everyone still seemed in good spirits, including a family that was hanging out near one of the trail side waterfalls resting. The trail was pretty muddy in a couple of spots, but was pleasant, peaceful hiking and not too crowded for a Sunday morning. The natural waterfall on the trail was definitely flowing harder than my prior visit. We hiked until the fork and then turned around and came back the way we came. We were able to avoid rain the entire hike, but it was starting to get cloudy when we finished a bit before noon. I had taken a picture at the beginning of the hike of these beautiful purple flowers and at the end of the hike they were so longer open. :o It’s a beautiful, easy hike and I’m glad my friend got to see it while there was so much in bloom!
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Lots of wildflowers for this time of year!
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