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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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Dec 11 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Adero Canyon 2 Bell Pass, AZ 
Adero Canyon 2 Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,746 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   3.04 mph
2,746 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was looking for a workout hike close to home, and decided to go up to Bell Pass from the Adero Canyon TH in Fountain Hills. This hike went into 3 different preserves: the Fountain Hills Preserve; the McDowell Mountain Regional Park; and the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve.

The trails were in good shape, and there weren't many people out today. With overcast skies and cool weather, it was a nice day for a hike!
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Nov 24 2020
hikerdw
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 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Sonoran Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
hikerdw
Hiking19.33 Miles 3,242 AEG
Hiking19.33 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   3.07 mph
3,242 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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The weather forecast was prime for a longer hike so opted for this loop I had saved after reading the May 2019 triplog posted by @BiFrost, starting from the newly re-opened Adero Canyon TH.

The first 6 miles went by really quick and I really enjoyed those trails, Sonoran and Prospector being the highlights. Saw no others until we started the decent down Bell Pass.

First time hiking Paradise and Quartz. This Paradise Trail doesn't even rate on the scale compared to the East Superstition trail with the same name, but it served it's purpose as a connector trail.

Jumped on Lost Dog, the Old Jeep Trail and Ringtail to make our way onto the Sunrise Trail, climbed up to the pass,and then closed the loop out on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which is a gem.

I really enjoyed this longer loop and with the right weather conditions would definitely hike it again.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to everyone.
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Nov 18 2020
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2020
kingsnake
Hiking11.65 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking11.65 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.68 mph
1,460 ft AEG
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1st trip
After two weeks of minimal physical activity, including seven days sitting in my car, driving to & from Maryland, I needed to do some real physical exercise. Not just walking around my neighborhood, or to the post office. With November temperatures in the Phoenix area typically a moderate mid-70s, I figured it was time to start my winter routine of lower elevation locals hikes.

Since I hiked the Windgate Pass-Bell Pass Loop, in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, around this time last year, I figured I would return to the area. My orginal idea was to hike up Thompson Peak, but I reconsidered after comparing my lack of recent climbing to a hike that has been described as “extremely steep” and “laughably steep”. ✋

The easy first 2.5 miles of the Thompson Peak climb are actually on Dixie Mine Trail, so I settled for doing that out to Dixie Mine, then looping around the hill that hosts the mine on Prospector Trail, Bell Pass Trail, Windmill Trail and Coachwhip Trail, ending with a short mine explore, before heading back to the Golden Eagle Trailhead.

The Golden Eagle Trailhead has his & hers restrooms, but some gentleman chose to instead use the baby changing station. 🥴

Walking along the sidewalk, I dreamt about hitting the PowerBall, so I too could afford one of the luxury villas. 💰

On Thompson Peak Rd., I was passed by a work pickup, that took longer driving up to the antenna farm than I did hiking up to Prospector Scenic View.

As I was hiking clockwise, Prospector Trail was the only real climb of the day, gaining 500 ft. in 1.3 miles. The scenic view was okay, but there is no shade or rest bench. In fact, no shade anywhere on the Dixie Mine Loop, other than in the wash below Dixie Mine’s tailings pile.

Other than an occasional wash crossing, from the southeast slope of McDowell Peak, it is gradually downhill all the way back to Golden Eagle Trailhead.

It never occured to me there might actually be a windmill along Windmill Trail, but there is: If you turn right into the wash just past the tool box, the windmill is about 200 yds. “downstream”. No idea what remains of it.

The McDowell Fire burned 615 acres just to the north of the Coachwhip Trail back in August. Since our summer monsoon was non-existent, I could still see some of the red retardant drops.

I turned right back onto Dixie Mine Trail, from which you can see the tailings pile most of the way. In ¾ of a mile, it rejoins Thompson Peak Rd. After just a few feet, turn right up a rough path. In 300 yds., you will be at the top of the Dixie Mine tailings pile. I found a few feet of wood oar cart tie and several small concrete foundations. The shaft was covered with both chicken wire and, atop that, a heavier, wider-spaced, rebar “net”. The rebar could handle human weight, and you won’t fall through the space, but I didn’t feel comfortable stepping into the middle, so I flattened myself and crawled out to take down-shaft video. There was water at the bottom. 📸

I waited for the famous Fountain Hills fountain to erupt at the top of the hour, but could not see it from the top of the mine. Instead, I headed down into the wash, where there are two adits: The smaller just “no trespassing” signed; the larger gated & locked. The highlight though, was the really cool mine diagram (see photos).

After checking out Dixie Mine, I booked it back to the Golden Eagle Trailhead, whose baby changing station hadn’t been cleaned. After a swing by the Fountain Hills Mickey D’s for my standard post-hike Filet-o-Fish meal, with large fries, extra salt, I was back home by 2:30 p.m. And THAT is my favorite part of locals hikes: An early end to my day. 😁

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Nada ... unless you count the purple ones planted along the sidewalk in Eagles Nest.
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Nov 14 2020
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from 104th St, AZ 
Thompson Peak from 104th St, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking13.20 Miles 3,629 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   2.36 mph
3,629 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Started from the 104th St trailhead a little before sunrise. Made our way up to Bell Pass via Levee, Paradise, Gateway Loop, and Bell Pass trails. A handful of people out, but not many. Shade all the way to Bell Pass. After that, we were in the sun, but still cool. Down Prospector, then up Thompson Peak Rd. As usual, the road was a grind. Finally got to the top, where we took a long break. There was one woman up there who suddenly decided she was going to join us on the way back out. Very strange, but I got rid of her quickly. Sometimes I am just not a nice person. Hike down was uneventful, but warm. Lots more people once we were back on the west side of Bell Pass. No clouds, not much breeze.
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Nov 05 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,689 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs      3.23 mph
1,689 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
With the weather still hot I did not want to do a long hike in the Valley, so I did this hike again, which isn't all that exciting but it is close to home.

There was a decent breeze blowing, which was welcome. In fact, it was almost cool up on Bell Pass.

I did not see any other hikers until I got almost back to the TH, when I met 2 different groups of 2 people. I did see 2 mountain bike riders and one trail runner on the Bell Pass Trail.

This is actually a decent exercise hike, and is a good one to do in the COVID era.
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Oct 15 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,677 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   3.12 mph
1,677 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
I had originally planned to hike up on the Rim, but my destination was closed due to the Horton Fire, so I decided to do a short hike close to home.

I got an early start and the temperatures weren't too bad. It was breezy up on Bell Pass, so I took a break there.

The desert is really dry right now, and there does not seem to be any rain in sight.

I only saw one other person on the trail, so social distancing was not an issue on this hike!
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Oct 10 2020
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Prospector Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking10.88 Miles 1,532 AEG
Hiking10.88 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.30 mph
1,532 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Did the Dixie Mine Lasso Loop from the Eagles Nest TH in Fountain Hills. The Prospector Trail is one I haven't hiked in about 11 years and I forgot how really nice the views are as you ascend looking at the mountain and canyon below it. On the way back I walked up to the Dixie Mine, which I hadn't been up to in a very long time as well. Looks like they wisely added some more protection over the open shaft rather than just the cyclone fencing.

Coming back down off the Dixie Mine, I saw an unmapped trail south of Thompson Peak Road that's east of the Dixie Mine Trail. I started to follow it and it kept going east. Later on I saw on the USGS mapping that this is listed as a jeep trail that is mapped as joining the Dixie Mine Trail again just north of Eagles Nest. I did see a trail in that spot, so looks like I might have found an unmapped trail, although I get the impression that the powers that be may not approve. Along this trail, I passed what looked like rock walls of an Indian ruin. I looked for sherds, but only found some rusty cans and other equipment, so it might have only been an old mining camp.

There was another trail on the USGS mapping that connected this trail to the Dixie Mine Trail. I just started to bushwhack it as I got close, and then actually found it just before I got to the Dixie Mine Trail.

Saw some hikers and bikers, but not too many. Not the typical early morning traffic I'm used to seeing at all the urban trailheads in the hot weather.
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Sep 07 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,726 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   3.12 mph
1,726 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
I decided to get up and do an early Labor Day hike, so I chose one that was close to home.

We came across a few more people than normal on the trail, but it still wasn't very crowded.

The temperatures are still hot, but with the early start in wasn't TOO bad. There was a bit of a breeze on the way back, which was welcome.
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Aug 27 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,660 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.91 mph
1,660 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
I decided to get out and get some early morning exercise close to home, so I went to the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills and did this hike again.

I encountered 3-4 people on the trail, which was more than I expected.

It was a bit humid, and not much of a breeze was blowing except up on Bell Pass. It was hazy/smokey looking out toward the Supes.
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Jul 24 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,778 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   3.18 mph
1,778 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
I decided to take advantage of an ever-so-slight break in the hot weather to do this hike. We got an early start, and it was actually nice out -- there was cloud cover for all but about the last 1.5 miles of the hike.

I came across a gila monster on the Prospector Trail, but he seemed camera shy and he went off the trail into some grass and bushes before I got a chance to take his pic.

I went the usual route on this hike: From the parking lot at the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills, we went 0.6 miles on the subdivision sidewalks to the Dixie Mine Trail; the we followed the Dixie Mine Trail to Thompson Peak Rd; then we went to the Prospector Trail and took it to the Bell Pass Trail; then we took the Bell Pass Trail up to Bell Pass. We then retraced the route back to the TH, except that we took a short detour to the Dixie Mine and the petroglyphs near the mine.

We only saw 4 other hikers on the trail.
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Jul 01 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,768 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   3.03 mph
1,768 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, so I decided to go back to this old standby. The last time that I did this hike -- in mid-May -- there were still some wildflowers blooming. That was not the case today -- the desert is not very colorful at the moment. There was lots of dead foxgrass that would be good fuel for a fire -- hopefully we'll get some monsoon rains before long.

There was no respite from the sun on this hike, although the temperatures were a bit below normal and there was a bit of breeze blowing, so the hike was tolerable.
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May 14 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,788 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   2.78 mph
1,788 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
I decided to get out and do an exercise hike close to home, so I headed up to Bell Pass from the Dixie Mine Trail.

There was nothing special about this hike today -- wildflowers are about gone and the only wildlife that I saw were a couple of rabbits and some quail. It was a nice morning to be out though -- it wasn't too hot and there was a nice breeze blowing.
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Wildflowers were about gone. However, there were some flowers on saguaros, as well as some palo verde and velvet mesquite flowers.
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May 04 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.60 Miles 1,850 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   3.13 mph
1,850 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
This was an early morning stretch-the-legs hike. Five of us met at the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills and made our way to Bell Pass and back. The other 4 hikers had never been to the Dixie Mine or the nearby petroglyphs, so we stopped by there on the way back.

We saw a few rabbits on the way out, but no other wildlife.

We encountered one trail runner and 3 other hikers, so the trails certainly weren't crowded.
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There are still a few flowers in bloom, but they have mostly faded. Prickly pear cactus, teddy bear cholla, and saguaros are starting to bloom though.
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Apr 28 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.94 mph
1,785 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an early morning hike close to home, and opted to do this one again.

There weren't many people out on the trail -- I saw 3 other hikers, a trail runner, and a mountain biker.

There was a nice breeze blowing at Bell Pass, so I sat there for a few minutes to enjoy the breeze and scenery.

I saw a good size gopher snake go across the trail in front of me on my way back; he wasn't interested in posing for a pic so I did not get a photo.
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There are still some wildflowers, but their colors aren't as vivid as they were a couple of weeks ago. Prickly pear cactus are starting to bloom, and bees are liking mesquite trees right now.
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Apr 15 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,804 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.97 mph
1,804 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a hike close to home today that hopefully would not be crowded, so I headed to the Golden Eagle TH, which is only 8 minutes from my house. From there I hiked up to Bell Pass, and turned around and came back to the TH.

I saw a gila monster on the Prospector Trail; it was only the second gila monster that I have seen while hiking.

Wildflowers are still putting on a show, which made for an enjoyable hike. The weather was nice, but it was 74 when I got back to the TH, which is getting a bit warm for me, especially on a cloudless day.
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Wildflowers are still putting on a good show -- on this hike the lupine stole the show. There is still a good bit of brittlebush, although some of it has faded. Owl clover, poppies, strawberry hedgehog, and orange mariposa lily were nice to look at in various places.
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Mar 19 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,844 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   3.12 mph
1,844 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
I went out on this hike to stretch my legs after a day of rain -- it is not the most exciting hike in the world, but it is close to home and there was hardly anyone on the trail once you get a half-mile or so into the park.

There were quite a few wildflowers blooming, and on the way back I had good views of some snow-capped mountains off to the east.

Compared to the "typical" way of going to Bell Pass from the Gateway TH, this route is a bit longer with a bit more elevation gain.
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There was quite a few brittlebush in peak bloom throughout the hike. In various places the lupine also looked nice.
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Mar 14 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine Lasso Loop, AZ 
Dixie Mine Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,090 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.83 mph
2,090 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
After not hiking for 4 days due to the rainy weather, I decided to get out and do a hike close to home. This was a lasso loop hike that started and ended at the Dixie Mine TH in Fountain Hills. I did a CW lasso loop hike that went on several trails: Dixie Mine Trl>Thompson Peak Rd>Prospector Trl>Bell Pass Trl>Windmill Trl>Coachwhip Trl>Dixie Mine Trl

This hike went through 2 parks: the McDowell Mountain Regional Park (MMRP) and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP). I had never been on the Coachwhip Trail and had only been on a small section of the Windmill Trail, but I had been on the other trails numerous times. The Windmill Trail and the Coachwhip Trail are typical of the trails in the MMRP: mostly flat and wide-open going through desert vegetation typical of the area.

I made a couple of out-and-back sidetrips on this hike: one went up to Bell Pass and the other went to the Dixie Mine and the nearby glyphs.

There weren't many people on the trails, which is one reason that I chose this area. I saw one mountain bike, 3-4 trail runners, and maybe a half dozen other hikers. The desert is really green right now, and there were some wildflowers blooming, which were nice to look at. There are some good views of the McDowell Mountains, and you can see the Supes and Mazzies off in the distance. This hike wasn't all that exciting, but if you are in the area it will give you a decent workout.
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The wildflower show this year is decent, but not as good as last year. I saw quite a few brittlebush blooming, but most of them were past their prime. There were small numbers of lots of other wildflowers blooming: lupine, blue dicks, poppies, globemallow, and fairy dusters, among others.
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Mar 07 2020
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
TransMSP Xpogo, AZ 
TransMSP Xpogo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
chumley
Hiking16.33 Miles 2,928 AEG
Hiking16.33 Miles   7 Hrs   42 Mns   2.20 mph
2,928 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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Got a new xpogo stick. Decided to hop across the MSP. Reviewing my route I confirmed having only touched the ground 24 times on the day, which might be a record.

Fun new people, got a little warm toward the end and I was the only one that opted for the peak. How can you hike 16 miles and not get a peak? Some people are weird!
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Feb 01 2020
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Pass - Thompson Peak via Gateway, AZ 
Bell Pass - Thompson Peak via Gateway, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
BiFrost
Hiking13.53 Miles 3,846 AEG
Hiking13.53 Miles
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From Gateway TH we hiked up Bell Pass then down Prospector and up Thompson Peak. It was a bit warm on the way back especially for Feb 1st. Of course lots of people on Gateway side but really like the Fountain Hills side. Great views and nice trail!
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Jan 08 2020
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 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Dixie Prospector Loop, AZ 
Dixie Prospector Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2020
Yoder
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles
1,650 ft AEG   3 Hrs   52 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Thought we would combine segments of Dixie Mine, Coachwhip, Windmill, Bell Pass and Prospector Trails to create a balloon hike of 10.4 miles. Wasn't really expecting much here. The main Loop in the McDowell Mountain Regional park(Pemberton Loop) while fine for a night hike isn't much for day hiking. We were also concerned about the parking. you have to park outside of a gated community and walk 0.6 miles to the actual trailhead.

The parking was fine, and there are restrooms. the walk to the trailhead is well marked and easy enough to follow. The actual hike itself was quite nice. we had some good views, and saw a number of birds. A we were pleasantly surprised by this hike and will do it again.

I will upload the GPS track 20-01-08 AZ Dixide Prospector Loop (10.4)
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J. Yoder
average hiking speed 2.66 mph
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