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Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St AZ, AZ
mini location map2021-01-31
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Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St AZ, AZ 
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking20.40 Miles 5,398 AEG
Hiking20.40 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   3.11 mph
5,398 ft AEG      50 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Another training hike (with some light jogging). I borrowed the name and stats from Bifrost who did this same loop+ and posted a GPS route on 10/21/17. Looks as though he enjoys big loops too - thank you sir. Started at the 104/Bell TH - Levee - Bell Pass - Prospector - Thompson/Towers - Dixie Mine - Coachwhip - Windmill - East End - Tom's Thumb - Windgate - Gateway Loop - 104th St Spur.

Anyway, was a nice day to be in the McDowells - albeit a little warm. Was surprised by the number of people on the short section we shared near Tom's Thumb. One guy coming down the trail even through his hands up in the air and stopped in the middle as I was coming at him, as if to say WTF. Without breaking stride as I cleanly skirted around him, I nicely explained that, "you yield to hikers going uphill, that is how you hike." I got a, "yes, that's what I thought" from a group behind him. I accept that many on these short, popular, urban trails are ignorant to the concept of hiking etiquette, and I wouldn't have said anything had he not thrown up his hands - oh well. The few that I did encounter more than a few miles from a TH were nice and knew proper etiquette. All in all, another great day in the "wilds" of AZ! : )
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