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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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Jan 16 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,810 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.80 mph
1,810 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
This is an excellent 11 mile hike, if your goal is to just get out and take a leisurely stroll in the desert, or if you desire a warm-up hike to get in shape for more difficult hikes.

The name of this loop-hike appears to be derived from its parking lot location in Fountain Hills. The parking lot is located on Golden Eagle Blvd, just before a gated community.
It's a nice paved lot just for hikers, with real bathrooms in a building adjacent to the lot.
From the lot you walk past the guard house of the gated community, and follow "side walk directions" to the actual Dixie Mine trailhead.

This loop-hike traverses both McDowell Mountain Regional Park (bring $2 for the lock-box), and Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve It uses 6 different named trails, and a bit of the Thompson Pk Rd. If this sounds a bit complex, believe me it's not. I did the hike counter-clockwise and, while on the loop portion, all you do at each trail intersection, is turn left until you hook up with the Dixie Mine trail again, for the end leg.

We stopped at the Dixie mine and toured both atop all the tailings, and below in the high vegetation wash. The loop portion of the hike goes around the mountain that Dixie Mine is in.

As we hiked on the Windmill Trail portion, I noticed alot of green foliage & many trees in one low section, off to the south a few hundred feet. From the trail that's all you can see, unless you look very closely. There's an old windmill amongst the green. (ergo the name, Windmill Trail).
The area must have springs that ranchers discovered long ago, as there's a slowly decaying infrastructure of water tanks, wells, corals, and that windmill. It's a nice place to stop and explore.

Further on the loop is a flat, cleared area that must have included a ranch house or some type of outbuilding, as there are the remains of a stove, mattress spring etc strewn around. Possibly it was the location of a dwelling for miners or prospectors. Directly adjacent to this cleared area is a mine shaft, plus atop the mountain you're looping, there's signs of mining.

Again this is an excellent, leisurely hike with great views of the McDowell Mountains from start to finish.
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Nov 27 2011
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2011
johnlp
Hiking18.41 Miles 5,300 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   3.42 mph
5,300 ft AEG
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Last second change of plans from a Supes hike. Started at the Gateway trailhead, went up to Tom's Thumb, down East End trail over to and up Thompson Peak, and back through Bell Pass. Nice cool weather. Made my three goals. Get some good AEG at over 3 mph, ascend Thompson Peak without stopping, and make it home in time to watch the Cardinals win!
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Jul 25 2010
BobP
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2010
BobP
Hiking14.40 Miles 3,780 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles
3,780 ft AEG
 
The moon this morning was a close second to the bella luna I saw while nighthiking the ridgeline last december. I wasn't in a good spot to catch the sunrise though. I saw 3 guys that spent the night on Thompson and a few others here and there.
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Jul 11 2010
BobP
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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BobP
Hiking14.40 Miles 3,780 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles
3,780 ft AEG
 
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Jan 12 2008
Crzy4AZ
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 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,912 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.12 mph
3,912 ft AEG
 
We took a sadistic route to Thompson Peak from the Scottsdale side. Parked at Bell/104th St. Took Levee to Paradise to Bell Pass to Prospector (3.6 mi, 1520 AEG so far). Then 1.3 down on Prospector to Thompson Peak Rd. Then up 2 miles on the road to the Peak (1586 ft AEG from low point on Prospector to Thompson Peak).

Spent about 45 min at the summit eating lunch and looking around. The fence was open to one of the towers while a maintenance guy worked from his truck on something.

I would not go this route again, but I was able to satisfy my curiosity about linking Scottsdale trails to this peak. Went back the same way we came in. The 806 foot climb from Prospector back to Bell Pass was modest but painful.
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Thompson Peak
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Dec 27 2007
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2007
mazatzal
Hiking10.80 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   6 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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1st trip
First time back here in more than 10 years... Almost no trails back then. Also went up to Bell pass.
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