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Thompson Peak from Adero Canyon, AZ
mini location map2021-01-08
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Thompson Peak from Adero Canyon, AZ 
Thompson Peak from Adero Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.70 Miles 3,392 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.99 mph
3,392 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was looking to do a hike close to home and settled on this one.

It was an out-and-back hike up to Thompson Peak from the Adero Canyon TH in Fountain Hills. On the way out I hiked the Lower Sonoran Trail, and then took the Sonoran Trail when coming back in the Fountain Hills Preserve. The Sonoran Trail has more up-and-down than the Lower Sonoran Trail, plus you have to navigate the perilous cable section on the Sonoran Trail: [ photo ]

This hike is a pretty good workout -- it had about all the distance and elevation gain that I wanted today, especially considering how steep it is going up to Thompson Peak. On my way up the first steep section up to the peak, I met a service vehicle from the City of Scottsdale coming down the road. That is the first vehicle that I have ever seen going up or down the road.

There were not very many people out on the trail today, although as I was ascending Thompson Peak I met 8 people in 3 groups who were coming down. Other than that, there were a few random people on the trails, most of whom appeared to be snowbirds.

It was a bit warm out, but there were a few clouds around that filtered the sun, which made things more tolerable than they otherwise would be.
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