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Thompson Brins Soldier, AZ
mini location map2020-10-25
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Thompson Brins Soldier, AZ 
Thompson Brins Soldier, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2020
survivordude
Hiking11.96 Miles 1,634 AEG
Hiking11.96 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   2.62 mph
1,634 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to do the whole Wilson Mnt loop, but time restraints made it a shorter lasso instead. Started at the Wilson Mnt TH and then the Jim Thompson trail, which was super easy and flat as it curves around the contour of Steamboat Rock. After a couple miles, it goes down away from the hills and into a very dense juniper forest. Only saw one other hiker until I got to the Brins Mesa TH. After almost zero elevation change in the last hour, this was my favorite part of the hike. Up on top of Brin's Mesa was a real nice grassy area that rolled out to red rock spires in every direction. Coming down Soldier's Pass, there was a lot of traffic. Climbed up a few different hills to check some caves but didnt see much of anything and being by myself (kind of) decided on not going any further up. Seven Sacred Pools was a cool feature but didnt want to wait in the Instagram line to take any pics without anyone posing in the pools. Devils Kitchen was rad geology to check out. Saw some climbers rappelling off Steamboat on the way back. So much for time saving as there were a couple wrecks on the 17 and it was a 3 1/2 hour "drive" back to Phoenix anyway.
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