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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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Nov 25 2017
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ 
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking13.11 Miles 3,764 AEG
Hiking13.11 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.75 mph
3,764 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Daniela and I got started from the 104th St trailhead around 6:15am. Headlamps were needed for the first few minutes, and Daniela & I shed our jackets within the first mile. We headed east on Levee, north on Paradise, east on Gateway Loop, then east on Bell Pass, and over to Prospector, then the road up to Thompson Peak. The steepness of that road always kills me. We had a nice snack break at the top, then headed back down. Only saw a few people all day, other than the usual traffic along Gateway Loop. Did not see a single biker, which was surprising. A little warm for the last few miles, but overall a great day. We finished up around 11:30, and, as promised, I had Daniela home by lunchtime.
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Nov 25 2017
The_N
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 Routes 54
 Photos 1,508
 Triplogs 325

35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ 
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
The_N
Hiking13.11 Miles 3,764 AEG
Hiking13.11 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.75 mph
3,764 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
First time on this peak, for me. Started with Linda and Daniela at around 615am. 55 degrees at the start, but warmer air awaited as we got out of the low spots. I enjoyed the gradual uphill to Bell Pass. We were in the sun after that, but it felt nice out for late spring. Very dry out there, right now. We hit the road walk portion and pushed through the couple of steep sections. We enjoyed the breeze and had a snack on the summit. Skies were a little hazy and lacking clouds. Views of the Mazzies were clear, though. On our trip back down, we crossed paths with a few others heading up, but there wasn't a ton of traffic on the trails. We returned the way we came and made it home before lunch. Nice hike and decent gain, close to town.
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Oct 21 2017
BiFrost
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 Routes 372
 Photos 8,261
 Triplogs 1,002

51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ 
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
BiFrost
Hiking20.35 Miles 5,398 AEG
Hiking20.35 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.61 mph
5,398 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Starting at 104th St TH we got late start 9am but with forecast high of only 85 we were not too concerned. Headed over to Bell Pass Trail and then down Prospector to Thompson Peak. We took a break on Thompson Peak and with all the dust/haze we didn't have much of a view....definitely the worst I've seen it in a while. Then down Thompson to Dixie Mine Trail to Coachwhip to Windmill and finally East End Trail. After already climbing Bell Pass and Thompson this one hurt a bit but we took another break at the top to refuel and recover. Then down Tom's Thumb and over to Gateway Loop Trail for the final stretch back to 104th St. Aside from the dust and haze it was solid loop hike in the McDowell's!
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Oct 21 2017
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ 
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
slowandsteady
Hiking20.35 Miles 5,398 AEG
Hiking20.35 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.61 mph
5,398 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Oct 13 2017
KBKB
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 Routes 22
 Photos 2,216
 Triplogs 237

59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie-Coachwhip-Windmill-Bell Pass-Prospector, AZ 
Dixie-Coachwhip-Windmill-Bell Pass-Prospector, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2017
KBKB
Hiking10.37 Miles 1,453 AEG
Hiking10.37 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.61 mph
1,453 ft AEG      32 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Marilyn, Linda, Sara, and Susan joined me for a 10.4 mile lasso hike starting from the Dixie Mine parking area at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hills. We hiked Dixie Mine out to the service road, turned right on the road and then veered left and up where Dixie Mine continues deeper into McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We turned left on Coachwhip, left on Windmill, left on Bell Pass, left on Prospector, which led us back to the service road. We finished up by taking the road and the Dixie Mine back to where we started.

It was a pleasant morning that warmed up a bit near the end. We saw a mountain biker and several other hikers on Dixie Mine, but didn't see anyone else on the trails further out.
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Sep 23 2017
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ 
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
BiFrost
Hiking33.05 Miles 6,356 AEG
Hiking33.05 Miles   13 Hrs      2.76 mph
6,356 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Cooler temps made desert hiking an option this weekend with high of only 85. We wanted something close to town so decided on long loop in the McDowell Mountain Preserve and McDowell Regional Park. Starting from Lost Dog Wash TH and over to Sunrise Peak to start the loop. Then down Andrew Kinsey Trail to the Sonoran Trail and the backside of the McDowell’s. Sonoran hooks into Dixie Mine Trail and then Prospector Trail to Windmill and Coachwhip in McDowell Regional Park. Coachwhip to Pemberton over to Boulder Trail and Marcus Landslide to Tom’s Thumb TH. We staged a vehicle at the Tom’s Thumb with cold drinks and snacks for recharge.

After nice break we headed up Tom’s Thumb Trail crossing over to Gateway side and picking up the Gateway Loop Trail. Took another break on Gateway Saddle before picking up Bell Pass Trail to Paradise Trail. Paradise goes through the neighborhood but links with Quartz and over to Taliesin. Eventually made it back to Lost Dog Wash Trail and the trailhead as it was getting dark. Long day but the trails in MSP and MMRP are all great quality so that made it much easier.
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Sep 23 2017
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ 
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
slowandsteady
Hiking33.05 Miles 6,356 AEG
Hiking33.05 Miles   13 Hrs      2.76 mph
6,356 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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1st trip
Just keep walking.....
Missed the cutoff to get out of the parking lot by 30 minutes.
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Sep 08 2017
KBKB
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 Guides 3
 Routes 22
 Photos 2,216
 Triplogs 237

59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Windmill Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2017
KBKB
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.81 mph
1,430 ft AEG      7 Mns Break29 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Mona and Linda joined me for a lollipop hike starting from the end of Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hill. We hiked out Dixie Mine, turned left on the service road, then went right on Prospector, right on Bell Pass, right on Windmill, right on Coachwhip, and right again on Dixie Mine which eventually led us back to the parking area.

It felt a little warmer to me today, but that was probably due to the slightly increased humidity.

Visibility was very poor. Mona told me that smoke from the wildfires in California and Oregon had blown into the Phoenix area. Prominent landmarks such as Four Peaks, Weaver's Needle, and the Flatiron were totally obscurred by the haze. Even Red Mountain, which is much closer was difficult to see.

The air was smelled slightly smoky too though, thankfully, I really had to sniff it in deeply to detect it. (Or it may just be that I got used to it.)
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Jul 28 2017
KBKB
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2017
KBKB
Hiking10.35 Miles 1,493 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   3.17 mph
1,493 ft AEG      5 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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For my Friday morning hike, I hiked: Dixie Mine, Coachwhip, Windmill, Bell Pass, Prospector, service road, and then Dixie Mine back to the parking area at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd.

It was a humid morning, but light rain and cloud cover kept the temperatures in the low to mid eighties. I only saw five other people during my hike. (This is fairly typical when doing this route.)

Route finding is super easy. The trails are well maintained, obvious, and the intersections are marked with signs. The signs in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve are especially helpful since they provide distances to other locations. Signage in McDowell Mountain Park is mostly limited to only the trail name. (There are a few signs on the Scenic Trail which do provide distances.)
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May 26 2017
KBKB
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 Guides 3
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 Photos 2,216
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2017
KBKB
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,572 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.85 mph
1,572 ft AEG      24 Mns Break29 LBS Pack
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Six of us hiked a lollipop consisting of Dixie Mine (to the road and past the mine), Prospector, Bell Pass, Windmill, Coachwhip, and returning on Dixie Mine (and the sidewalks in the gated community).

As usual, the trails in this area in excellent shape. Route finding is easy. The views are good. What else is there to say?
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Mar 04 2017
syoung
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 Guides 6
 Routes 23
 Photos 1,125
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42 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
syoung
Hiking13.58 Miles 3,698 AEG
Hiking13.58 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   3.88 mph
3,698 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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1st trip
In keeping with the yearly goal of more peaks, more unique hits, and more miles, I decided to head out here. Wow. That last road is no joke. It felt never ending with a steepness I don't remember experiencing elsewhere. I think the paved portions make it seem like it isn't as steep as it is but holy crap.

I was going to attempt this last weekend but decided to do the loop around Tom's Thumb. I am glad I chose to follow lindaagm's route as it shaved a few miles off of the one I was going to use. I was gassed by the end.
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Feb 26 2017
LindaAnn
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 Guides 65
 Routes 407
 Photos 4,548
 Triplogs 1,375

41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking13.23 Miles 3,763 AEG
Hiking13.23 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   2.69 mph
3,763 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
I wanted something with decent mileage & aeg, but not too far of a drive, so I headed up to Thompson Peak with Daniela. We got started around 7:00 to cool temps & cloudy skies. Saw a handful of people on the way up to Bell Pass, then nobody after that for a few miles. We saw one mule deer while on Prospector Trail. As soon as we hit the road for the peak, the clouds disappeared and we had full sun--ugh. I whined my way up to the top, where as soon as we sat down for a snack, the clouds returned and stayed with us for the rest of the hike.

The return was quiet and uneventful, but I had warned Daniela that as soon as we hit Bell Pass, it would be a zoo--and I was right. We made friends with a large group of friendly mountain bikers who were doing some sort of training, and we also managed to make another biker blush, so we had a successful day all around.
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Jan 07 2017
BiFrost
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 Photos 8,261
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Pass Thompson Peak Windate Loop, AZ 
Bell Pass Thompson Peak Windate Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
BiFrost
Hiking16.97 Miles 4,324 AEG
Hiking16.97 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.62 mph
4,324 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Started at Gateway and up to Bell Pass. Then down Prospector Trail and over to Thompson Peak. Cold, overcast and windy on the peak so we didn't stay long. Then hiked over to Dixie Mine Trail and Coachwhip connecting with Windmill Trail. Over Windgate Pass and back to Gateway.
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Jan 07 2017
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Bell Pass Thompson Peak Windate Loop, AZ 
Bell Pass Thompson Peak Windate Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
slowandsteady
Hiking16.97 Miles 4,324 AEG
Hiking16.97 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   2.62 mph
4,324 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
2nd Successful Mylar Rescue of 2017
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Dec 29 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 571
 Photos 8,283
 Triplogs 1,825

54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Thompson Peak via Gateway TH, AZ 
Thompson Peak via Gateway TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking12.67 Miles 3,717 AEG
Hiking12.67 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   3.39 mph
3,717 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Yesterday I made a Chile run to Hatch NM, so this morning I needed to drop some off at both stores. After hitting Scottsdale JJ's I headed over to the McDowell's and decided to do Thompson Peak. Much to my surprise there were 8 to 10 people heading up.

I like this hike but rarely do it.
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Nov 19 2016
jochal
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 Photos 1,884
 Triplogs 553

37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2016
jochal
Hiking14.80 Miles 1,560 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles
1,560 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Did the loop part clockwise. I had intended to take Coachwhip out to Pemberton, then connect with Dixie Mine, but I hadn't realized beforehand Coachwhip went both North and South from the intersection with WIndmill. I chose incorrectly and went right. I took the rest of dixie mine out to pemberton, but my water supply was just barely too low to be comfortable going back using coachwhip; it would have added a half hour.
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May 27 2016
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
104th to Thompson, AZ 
104th to Thompson, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2016
slowandsteady
Hiking12.91 Miles 3,269 AEG
Hiking12.91 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.61 mph
3,269 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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1st trip
Parked at the 104th/Bell Trailhead.

Hiked up Bell Pass, down Prospector, up Thompson to the first level and back.
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Apr 21 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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 Photos 8,283
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Thompson Peak from Gateway Trailhead, AZ 
Thompson Peak from Gateway Trailhead, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.13 Miles 3,790 AEG
Hiking13.13 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   3.40 mph
3,790 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
I had set out to do the Tom's Thumb Loop from Gateway TH but as I was starting out I switched gears and decided to hit Thompson Peak instead. I started around 9 and ended before 1. It was an enjoyable hike from start to finish. Right around noon I could tell that summer is just around the corner. Started to sweat a bit. :sweat:

I like this one but it never seems to come to mind. Not sure why that is?
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Jan 16 2016
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 10,311
 Triplogs 1,626

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
McDowell Loop, AZ 
McDowell Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking18.84 Miles 4,169 AEG
Hiking18.84 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   2.54 mph
4,169 ft AEG      53 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
My go to area when I need a workout hike or am limited in time.
Lots of loop opportunities from 5 to 30 miles and as much AEG as you can bite off.

Perfect weather with plenty out enjoying the day. East of the ridgeline you rarely see another. I scrambled south off of the Thompson Peak Trail to meet up with the Quartz trail. On the Quartz trail I spooked 3 mule deer that never went more than 40' from me.
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Always gushing
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Jan 10 2016
LindaAnn
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 Guides 65
 Routes 407
 Photos 4,548
 Triplogs 1,375

41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking13.57 Miles 3,876 AEG
Hiking13.57 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   3.00 mph
3,876 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
Decided to hit Thompson Peak from the Bell/104th St trailhead. Got kind of a late start for me--a little after 9:30. Hardly any people on the trails, and the weather was really nice. Seeing the snow covered mountains to the east once I got over Bell Pass was nice too. There were a few people near the top, but none for the few minutes I was up there. Put on more sunblock, then headed back down. There were more people on the west side of Bell Pass on my way back down, but still not very many.
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