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Prospector Trail - MSP - 20 members in 126 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 21 2013
slowandsteady
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47 female
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 Phoenix,AZ
Thompson Peak via Bell Pass, AZ 
Thompson Peak via Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking12.60 Miles 3,102 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.44 mph
3,102 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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My goals were to enjoy the Super Moon and to get 3000 feet of elevation. I started on Friday night at 6pm. I had goals but was really lacking the motivation.

I started at the 104th St/Bell Rd Trailhead. I went to the Levee Trail and then about .5 miles up the Levee Trail, you come to a little sign that just says "Trail", I took this little spur down to the left and then you take your first right, and basically then hike to Paradise Trail on a parallel trail to the Levee Trail.

I took Paradise Trail to Gateway Loop Trail, which you are only on for .2 miles. I saw the only other hiker for the night on this tiny section. I then turned off on Bell Pass Trail. I took Bell Pass Trail to Prospector and then headed down Prospector.

About 3/4 of the way down Prospector, there is a spur trail off to the right that is cairned and takes you to Thompson Peak Rd. It probably cuts off about 1/2 a mile. I then headed up Thompson Peak. I got up the first section, and then really dragged on the dirt road part. When I got to the second up, and the radiation sign, I took a long break. I decided I was done and headed back the way I came. I took both spur trails on the way back.

I never used my headlamp and the Super Moon really lit things up. It was a beautiful night, even if I did take some short cuts.
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May 12 2013
slowandsteady
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Thompson Peak-Coachwhip Loop, AZ 
Thompson Peak-Coachwhip Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking14.40 Miles 3,181 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   3.02 mph
3,181 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I parked at Golden Eagle Trailhead in Fountain Hills.

I took the Dixie Mine Trail to Thompson Peak Rd and then went up to Thompson Peak and back down. I saw six others making the trek.

I then took Prospector up to the Bell Pass Trail. I saw a rattler on Prospector, he was all curled up next to the trail. He never moved while I stood there frozen wondering how to get around him. I also thought gnat season was winding down, but they were out in full force on Prospector.

I took Bell Pass Trail down to Windmill Trail. I saw a cycler and a hiker.

I took Windmill to Coachwhip to Dixie Mine. I saw three cyclists and one hiker. I ended up tying my bandanna around my face to stop munching on gnats. I bet I looked like I was about to rob a stage coach. :gun:
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May 04 2013
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McDowell Workout, AZ 
McDowell Workout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking17.47 Miles 5,386 AEG
Hiking17.47 Miles
5,386 ft AEG
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I needed some elevation today.

I started at the Gateway Trailhead and went south on the Gateway Loop, and then branched off onto the Bell Pass Trail.
I went up and over Bell Pass and took Prospector over to Thompson Peak Rd. I went up to Thompson Peak and back down to Propector and back to Bell Pass Trail.
I headed on down to the East End Trail and then up to Tom's Thumb and then I took Tom's Thumb Trail back to Gateway Trailhead.
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Mar 16 2013
SgtLumpy
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SuperLoop Windgate Bell Pass - MSP, AZ 
SuperLoop Windgate Bell Pass - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2013
SgtLumpy
Hiking9.73 Miles 2,364 AEG
Hiking9.73 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.65 mph
2,364 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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The SuperLoop in McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This quickly becoming one of my favorite routes for more than one reason. I'll detail those reasons below.

Simply put, the loop begins at any one of the trail entrances on the WEST side of the preserve, at the Gateway Trailhead near Thompson Peak Parkway and Bell Rd, Scottsdale, or any of the other nearby access points to this part of the preserve. I nearly always start at the main trailhead with the designer ramada, restrooms, big parking lot, landscaping etc. But there are access points within a half mile or so either north or south of there with less parking, less facilities.

I hiked this route just one week ago in the opposite direction (counter clockwise). Today I'm going clockwise. In either direction, the toughest part of the trail, in terms of elevation gain, is approaching Bell Pass. It's a little more grueling if you approach via the counter clockwise direction. But either way, the last click or so up to Bell Pass is steep. There's less loose rock on the clockwise route, so in that sense today's route is a tiny bit simpler. Of course a steep route UP, when traveled the other way is a steep route DOWN. It's an upper thigh burner going down, moreso in today's clockwise version.

I begin on the Gateway Loop Trail, at the Ramada. Dozens of hikers are starting out there. Some travel just a couple tenths to the wheel chair access nature trail, some another couple tenths to the simplest loop part of the trail, still others venture on to the rest of the Gateway Loop or beyond. As you'd expect, the fitness and experience level of hikers generally(?) increases the farther you get from the trailhead. I say generally with a question mark because some times you see some people quite a ways out on the trail who you wouldn't expect - ie people in sandals, no water, inappropriately dressed etc.

This hike was on a Saturday, likely the most busy day of the week for any trail. There were a lot of ladies in full sweat pants and shirts. Lots of ladies wearing a lot of perfume (attracts the bees away from me!). Lots of young people with a cellphone in one hand, texting as they hike. The quintessential Scottsdale hipster hiker was there - a low 20s something good looking, well groomed guy, designer sunglasses, cellphone in one hand, Starbucks cup in the other. Another comical curiosity was a pretty big, overweight guy, wearing sweatpants, carrying a big open bag of BBQ potato chips. He was munching a chip every couple of strides.

OK, so I get through the "people of Wall Mart" part of the trail and I'm now on the Windgate Pass Trail on the way UP to Windgate Pass. Much more serious hikers and Mtn Bikers are on this portion. A refreshing amount of older people, some in their 60s and 70s, in amazingly great shape, were on this part of the trail. Several MSP Stewards were coming down, most of them are older (older than me at least, I'm 56). One lady came down with a full leg immobilizer splint. I asked "How are you doing?" She replied, happy as can be "Great! How 'bout you?".

Approaching the summit to Windgate Pass from this side, there's a lot of loose, broken granite. The elevation gain is pretty constant and not over grueling, but the loose rock demands your attention. The 105 lb girls that run up and down these trails in their spandex and minimalist shoes have an easier time than this 230 lb aging geezer with bad joints. They seem to bound up and down the trail like a gazelle. My style is a little more "Wild Boar" than gazelle.

At the summit I pause for a couple of minutes and talk with a couple, older than me, who had come in from the Fountain Hills side 8 miles to this point and were planning on continuing on to 13 miles one way for a 26 mile out-and-back total! This from a couple of probably 65 y/o retired people from New York. I add the bit about New York because it seems to me, for some reason, that everyone from NY tells you so within about the first eleven seconds of any conversation. This physically fit couple were no exception.

Onward and DOWNward...From Windgate Pass summit, I then descend down the back side of the mountain on Windgate Pass Trail, traveling generally EAST. This portion, the eastern slope, of the trail is more packed desert soil and sand, less broken rock than the western slope. I find that to be the case on all the trails in the MSP. So bounding down like a gazelle...OK, walking quickly like a wild boar...I descend just about one mile to the (cue Carnac the Magnificant) "Fork in the Road". Trail marker BP9 (Bell Pass 9) is where you can choose to turn right (SOUTH) and take the Bell Pass trail to Bell Pass, or turn left (NORTH EAST) and join the East End, Windmill, Coachwhip et al trails that lead to Tom's Thumb, McDowell Regional Park, Fountain Hills etc. I turned right and headed toward Bell Pass.

Now traveling generally SOUTHWESTERLY and UPHILL toward Bell Pass, I have about a 1.3 mile trip uphill to Bell Pass. The elevation gain is just over 600 ft. The first 2/3 or so of this leg are relatively flat, just a mild gain. The last 1/3 or so are the majority of that 600 ft gain. But the trail is in very good shape. Packed desert soil, the most gorgeous views you could ever ask for and responsible, polite hikers and bikers to share the trail with. I moved aside for one mtn biker who was descending. He thanked me and added "I'm by myself". That seemed like a helpful thing for him to say. I always try and move aside for bikes (or anyone) and often bikers are in pairs so I'll stay sidelined till the 2nd one passes. I thanked him and added "There's one slow mover going down hill behind me". That may help keep the biker from suddenly confronting the other hiker guy and having to make a panic stop.

Reaching the summit at Bell Pass - That's always a conquestial feeling (is conquestial a word?). It's tough getting up there for most anyone. For an old and out of shape, overweight guy like me, it's a little tougher than for you young whipper snappers with low BMI. So I pause a couple of minutes. Helped a couple by taking their cellphone photo of the two of them. Rehydrate, breathe, allow my heart rate to come down a bit, then begin the steepest DOWNHILL part of the hike, WESTWARD off Bell Pass toward Gateway Trailhead.

As I mention a lot, this side of the mountain is a LOT of loose rock. In many places I'm forced to literally walk OFF trail on the edge to avoid the scree in the middle of the trail. Just about a tenth of a mile down the trail I sensed a little tenderness on my right heel. I wished it would have disclosed itself while I was at the summit, but I was now on the way down so I found a (sort of) convenient spot to pull off my right boot and sock and apply some moleskin. During my little M.A.S.H. timeout, one of those beautiful gazelle girls with running shoes bounded UP the trail and said hi. Oh how nice it must have been to be young, strong and flexible. I'm sure I was once. I just don't remember.

Bandage now in place, I continued RAPIDLY downhill. I always like descending rapidly as long as I can remain in control. Once I get out of control I become about 250 lbs of Newton's second law of motion. But I'm in control of this leg. I've been here before, once in the rain and hail. The weather is great, traffic is low to non-existant, my feet/joints/lungs aren't protesting (much).

The descent is a little over 3 miles. The first 1/4 or so is most of the elevation loss. The remaining 3/4 is mostly crossing two washes. So your climb goes down-up-down-up a couple of times. Nothing severe, and overall it's pretty much a literal "walk in the park".

After that 3 miles you join the most traveled part of the trail system, the Gateway Loop Trail. You're on the south side of the loop now, heading clockwise, generally WEST toward the Gateway Trailhead, 1.6 miles away. I passed a handful of hikers on this leg. It was a little after 1300 Juliet by now. Weather was warming up, most casual hikers had long since come and gone. I have no bones to pick with casual or inexperienced hikers. I just don't want to have to come across someone heavier than me, more out of shape than me, who has suffered a heart attack, heat stroke or face vs cholla accident.

Back at the trailhead I empty my pockets of the miscellaneous trail trash I'd picked up along the way. I brought down one trail side bag of doog poo someone had irresponsibly left. It amazes me that people will bring a bag, scoop the poop, then just LEAVE it. For those interested, it's a misdemeanor to leave dog poop, or to hike with your dog off leash, or to hike off trail. The Scottsdale PD is occasionally on bike or foot patrol on these trails. They also sometimes wait at the trailhead and cite/arrest violators. I'm only too happy to see this happen. Argue if you like about the "big brother" nonsense. Allowing your dog to run off leash in the wilderness with rattle snakes, jumping cholla, coyotes and other threats is just plain inhumane. Personally I'm glad to see violators get sanctioned. During the last part of this hike I heard coyotes. This is rare for mid-day. Typically that means they've taken a poodle or something. They're usually sleeping this part of the day. Every year, several family dogs as well as sheep, goats, cats and sometimes even a horse are taken by coyotes here. Essentially every one of them could have been avoided by a little consciencous thought on the part of the animal owner. The coyotes and rattle snakes are doing what comes naturally. The humans are doing what comes stupidly. Enough soapbox...


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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
Mexican Poppys everywhere. Big fields of them, not just a few clumps trailside.
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Mar 09 2013
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Prospector Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2013
mt98dew
Hiking19.62 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking19.62 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   2.53 mph
4,700 ft AEG
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Based on earlier logs, did what appears to be becoming a common hike . Started from the 104/Bell Rd TH with coyotes howling in the distance :) . Took the Levee Trail to the Paradise and the Paradise to the Bell trail. Beautiful views from the pass looking east. Clouds were hanging low and there was definite snow on the Matazal and maybe on the Supes. Took the Prospector Trail (which I love! Beautiful back there) down to Thompson Peak Rd. Went up and down Thompson's Peak. (Made much better time than my hike of a few years ago). At the top saw several spots where hail had accumulated from the previous night and frozen. Kind of cool, while I was at the top I had clouds floating by at eye level :) . On the way back I did the Dixie Mine trail that headed south. It was gorgeous back there! Because of the recent rain there was actually several small streams with mini waterfalls crossing the trail. Everything was lush and green. Went to the end of the trail where it connected to a street with several very nice homes in the vicinity. Supposedly there is a parking lot within .5 miles of this TH but I did see it. On the way out I took the same trails that I took in, except I stopped by the mine entrances, the petroglyphs and the mini waterfall that was flowing because of all the recent rain.

Despite all the clouds, there was no rain. A few light sprinkles at best. Not much wildlife....a few chipmunks. But great views throughout. Crowds were minimal on the east side, but fairly active on the west side.
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Feb 24 2013
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 24 2013
BiFrost
Hiking17.47 Miles 5,386 AEG
Hiking17.47 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.91 mph
5,386 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Had to go solo today and decided to do a McDowell super loop that included several decent climbs. Started at Gateway and headed towards and up Bell Pass. Once over the top I went down the Prospector Trail to link up with the Thompson Peak trail. It was a bit cold and windy on top of Thompson, but the clouds today made for some decent light for pics.

Headed back down Thompson and up Prospector but instead of going back the same way it was over to East End and up the trail to Tom's Thumb. I think that's the climb that nearly did me in :stretch:

After a short breather near Tom's Thumb it was out to Gateway. Nice day despite the cold and wind...not as many people :)
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Feb 17 2013
slowandsteady
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking17.27 Miles 4,576 AEG
Hiking17.27 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.59 mph
4,576 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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We timed it right and got a parking spot at 104th/Bell.

Levee Trail to Paradise

Paradise to Bell Pass

Bell Pass to Prospector

Prospector to Thompson Peak Rd

Up and down to Thompson Peak and down to Dixie Mine Trail

Dixie Mine to Coachwhip

Coachwhip to Windmill

Windmill to Bell Pass Trail

Bell Pass trail to Paradise Trail to Levee Trail to the car
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Feb 17 2013
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
BiFrost
Hiking17.27 Miles 4,576 AEG
Hiking17.27 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.59 mph
4,576 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We started from 104th St TH and headed up the Bell Pass trail. It was great to see how green everything was all over the McDowells. Once over Bell Pass we headed down the Prospector trail to the road and then up Thompson Peak. On the ridgeline towards the top of Thompson Peak we encountered a bees nest on the ground right along the road.

After negotiating the bees and lunch on Thompson Peak we headed back down. We decided to loop around on Dixie Mine Trail over to the Coachwhip Trail and then back past the Windmill trail junction. From here it was back up the Windmill trail to Bell Pass and back out to 104th.
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Jan 12 2013
slowandsteady
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 Phoenix,AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking16.06 Miles 3,880 AEG
Hiking16.06 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.54 mph
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This was a loop inspired by one of Trekkin Gecko's trip logs. Thanks!

Started at Gateway Trailhead, headed up Gateway to Tom's Thumb. We took a sidetrip out to Lookout. Then down East End and onto Windmill Trail. There were people working on the Windmill Trail and informed us that this was a preserve and we were not to leave the trail to look at the windmill....After the scolding we hit the Coachwhip Trail to Dixie Mine Trail. Up the Thompson Peak Rd for a bit to Prospector Trail over to Bell Pass Trail and back to the start.

My new longest distance day hike! :y:
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Jan 12 2013
BiFrost
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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BiFrost
Hiking16.06 Miles 3,880 AEG
Hiking16.06 Miles
3,880 ft AEG   6 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
This was a great loop hike. Very cold start with temps at or below freezing but refreshing to hike in cold weather. We started at Gateway and hiked to Toms Thumb trail up the very steep switchbacks. Then over to the Lookout Trial which is a short section adjacent to the Toms Thumb area. Then we hiked back down to Toms Thumb - East End area and enjoyed the great boulders in this section. From there it was down to the Windmill Trail and headed east towards the Fort McDowell Regional Park to link up with the Coachwhip Trail connecting to the Dixie Mine Trail. Some really great Saguaros in this section of the Regional Park but we followed Dixie Mine back into the Preserve and linked up with the Prospector Trail. From there it was up to Bell Pass and then out the last 3.3 miles to Gateway.
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Dec 29 2012
Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog14.50 Miles 2,784 AEG
Run/Jog14.50 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   6.26 mph
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A windy, but nice morning run through the preserve.
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Dec 29 2012
The_Dude
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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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The_Dude
Hiking13.30 Miles 4,120 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   3.01 mph
4,120 ft AEG      49 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Great day hike with my friend Michael. We had the hike to ourselves for the most part after we hit Bell Pass. It was pretty chilly up at Thompson peak, the wind was howling! I would gladly do this one again, well as long as it is not summer...
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Dec 16 2012
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 Chandler, AZ
McDowell Super Hike, AZ 
McDowell Super Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2012
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking18.50 Miles 5,435 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   3.14 mph
5,435 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
Amy hit me up last night to go on a hike today. I am feeling a little under the weather so I wasn't sure if I would go or not. I told her to "put me down as a maybe". When I woke I looked outside and it was cool but nice. What the heck, I am not the type to lay around in bed all day even when not at 100%.

We met up at 10:00 at the 104th Street and Bell Trailhead. Tugger came along for the fun as well. He is a trooper and had no problem with this one at all.

It was a great hike but got a bit chilly for my liking a couple times. Mostly when we would stop or when we were in shady spots. I will do this one again for sure.

Thanks for the invite Amy!
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Dec 16 2012
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McDowell Super Hike, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Dec 16 2012
Tugger
Hiking18.50 Miles 5,435 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   3.14 mph
5,435 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Yippee Mom took me out for a fun hike today! It was really cool too because John came along! He is my favorite to hike with besides mom. Mom's boyfriend is nice but kinda slow on the trails. He is a climber which is fun but it scares me when I look down.

We went all the way up to the top of some mountain with Antennas. On the way down I met a new friend, he was a German Sheppard. Towards the end of the hike I got licked by a Great Dane and it about knocked me over.

I didn't really want to leave but mom made me get in the Jeep.
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Dec 02 2012
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Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 02 2012
johnlp
Hiking12.54 Miles 3,710 AEG
Hiking12.54 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   3.88 mph
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Started at the Gateway Trailhead, went up through Bell Pass, over on the Prospector trail, and up Thompson Peak, then back. Took the shortcut that cuts off the end of the Prospector that parallels the route to the peak. Only saw four people past Bell Pass. Nice day.
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Aug 18 2012
johnlp
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Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking14.35 Miles 3,780 AEG
Hiking14.35 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   3.90 mph
3,780 ft AEG
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From 104th & Bell. Cooler but humid. Soaked all my clothes with sweat before it even got warm out. Saw a nice white tail buck on the way down from the peak.
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May 24 2012
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Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking14.40 Miles 3,780 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles
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Apr 28 2012
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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.40 Miles 2,250 AEG
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did some other cool stuff prospecting peaks.
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Mar 19 2012
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 19 2012
trekkin_gecko
Hiking17.12 Miles 4,013 AEG
Hiking17.12 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   3.44 mph
4,013 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
40% showers forecast, so i decided to stay in the valley today
got started a little before 9:00
gateway loop, bell pass, prospector, windmill, east end, lookout, tom's thumb, windgate, gateway loop
mcdowell, drinkwater and thompson peaks beckoned, but i was on a mission
wanted to get accurate tracks for prospector, windmill and east end; lookout was a bonus
cool with intermittent cloud cover, breezy up high or at a pass
temps were 46-53 at scottsdale airpark
some nice views of the snow on flatiron and the mazatzals
saw no one after getting off gateway until most of the way down tom's thumb
needed a longer hike with some decent elevation
city of scottsdale map of the mcdowell sonoran preserve:
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Publ ... il+Map.pdf
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Dixie Mine Ridgeline - McDowellsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,438 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   2.09 mph
1,438 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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While on other hikes, (Thompson Pk, Drinkwater Pk), I have noticed an overgrown jeep trail going up the side of this mountain to its ridgeline, and wondered why someone would go to the trouble and expense to cut into this mountain range. One way to find out is to hike up there and find out.

The trail (overgrown jeep trail) going up to the ridge-line is off Prospector trail in the Scottsdale McDowell Preserve. I used the Dixie Mine trail to access the area, but it can also be accessed from Bell Pass Trail. The trail-up oversees a huge valley below, once used by cattle ranchers.

There's definite evidence of mining attempts atop the mountain, ergo the jeep road/trail. There are sections of huge rock cut into, and other mining attempts that have been subsequently filled in. All of this appears only on the western one third of the ridgeline. The rest has not been disturbed, except for some stone walls.

The mountain slope from the valley on the north up to the top is gradual, so I imagine years ago cattle were up atop grazing, as there are rock walls and barbed wire in place to prevent the cattle from "going over the edge" on the very steep south side, and to keep cattle from roaming too far east on the ridgeline.

At one time Dixie Mine was called Red Mountain Mine and it's easy to see why. In places, rocks on the one mile long ridgeline are every shade of dark red imaginable. Very pretty in the bright sun. To the north, west and south, the Dixie Mine Ridgeline is positioned adjacent to all the familiar (and higher) mountains in the McDowell Mountain range. Dixie Mine Ridgeline has panoramic, unencumbered views of them all.

After my exploring, I bushwhacked straight down to the Dixie Mine itself and hiked out. My curiosity about that overgrown jeep trail was satisfied.
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