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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 30 2015
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
The_Dude
Hiking13.46 Miles 3,826 AEG
Hiking13.46 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   3.12 mph
3,826 ft AEG      42 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
One last hike to round out the year. Took the family up to Flagstaff yesterday to play in the snow, figured that earned me a hike day. It has been three years since I did this one last, it is the only named MSP peak I have not gotten in this year. Hit the 104th trailhead about 7:15 to start my day before the sun was up. Didn't see much of the sun until I hit Bell Pass. Made my way in good time up and over. I took the cairned shortcut slownsteady mentioned, nice way to skip a bit of the road walk. Needed a few breaks getting up the tower road, just as steep as I remember it. There was a worked up top moving some heavy equipment around, he seemed none to happy to see me despite giving him a friendly hello...I got stuck behind him for a bit of the downhill as he maneuvered a skid steer down the really steep part of the road. Took one last break at Bell Pass again, then on back to the truck. Saw just a few folks in the morning, but quite a few on Bell Pass and Gateway on the way back. This makes 82 different peaks for 2015, surprised myself that I managed to get that many in without driving to every corner of the state. Happy New Year all!I
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Nov 21 2015
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
hikerdw
Hiking14.50 Miles 1,848 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   3.19 mph
1,848 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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1st trip
Nice stroll in the desert. Hiking in the MMRP always reminds me of when my brothers and I would hike around the then desert near McKellips and Power Road where we grew up as kids. Good times.

To my surprise the trails were very empty. I counted only 3 bikers and 4 hikers that we crossed paths with.

Very nice trailhead.
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Mar 26 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Photos 2,643
 Triplogs 605

48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking11.36 Miles 1,781 AEG
Hiking11.36 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.79 mph
1,781 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Thursday "date hike" with husband on my usual day off but he took this one off to enjoy Spring weather and flowers. Chose this loop to check out the petroglyphs and get view of the flowers in the basin area below East End trail.

Lots and lots of brittle bush. Good number of hedge hog cactus in bloom. Some prickly pear blooms, few globemallow, rare poppies, rare lupine, rare marigolds. Scattered desert mariposa lily - bright orange so pretty.

Petroglyphs are not hard to find - take first left into grassy area towards the tall cottonwoods.

Had lunch sitting on the bench at intersection of Windmill and Coachwhip. Saw 5 humans in 5 hours!!! That's amazing and awesome. Weather was nice until the last hour when wind was gone and that direct sun was getting to me. Got home for shower and a short nap before picking up kids from school then ballet.
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Named place
Dixie Mine Thompson Peak
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Feb 08 2015
The King Reigns
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 Photos 37
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41 male
 Joined Jan 19 2015
 Gilbert
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2015
The King Reigns
Hiking13.20 Miles 3,787 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
3,787 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Hiked Thomspon Peak from the Gateway park trailhead. Was a great hike, a little long. Nothing to challanging other than the distance.
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Jan 10 2015
topohiker
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2015
topohiker
Hiking32.39 Miles 4,736 AEG
Hiking32.39 Miles   12 Hrs   58 Mns   2.85 mph
4,736 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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Fan and I did a loop with the Gateway TH and the Tom's Thumb TH.

We started at the Gateway TH and took:
- Saguaro trail
- Gateway Loop trail
- Bell pass trail
- Prospector trail
- Dixia Mine trail
- Pemberton trail

Fan And took a break and split up for a bit. Fan would do a shorter loop by continuing down the Pemberton to the Rock Knob intersection.

I did a longer loop by taking:
- Pemberton trail
- Granite trail
- Delsie trail
- County Park Connector
- Saguaro Nest trail
- Gooseneck trail
- Rock Knob trail (meet up with Fan)
- Marcus Trail
- Tom's Thumb Trail
- Windgate Pass Trail
- Gateway Loop trail
- Saguaro trail

Things of interest
- We saw a guy on a unicycle about 2 miles in. He only rode the unicycle on the smooth sections.
- I saw a deer in one of canyons on the south side of the McDowell’s.

It rained on us twice during the day.

I like the new Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve trails. I'll be back to check out more of them.
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Aug 24 2014
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Thompson via Bell Pass, AZ 
Thompson via Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking13.19 Miles 3,787 AEG
Hiking13.19 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.41 mph
3,787 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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We started at Gateway Trailhead at 9:30am.

We headed up Bell Pass and ran into Kelly for the second Sunday. (I hope one time when we run into her, I won't be several minutes behind Karl!) I got to meet Johnlp!

We took the shortcut off of Prospector over to Thompson Peak Rd.

It got a little toasty for the last couple of miles.
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Aug 24 2014
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson via Bell Pass, AZ 
Thompson via Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2014
BiFrost
Hiking13.19 Miles 3,787 AEG
Hiking13.19 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.41 mph
3,787 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
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Up Bell Pass from Gateway TH and then up Thompson Peak via Prospector Trail. We got a late start at least for an August hike in the McDowell's and was surprised to see more than a few hearty souls out there braving the heat with us. Then it was back to Gateway the same way and it got a bit toasty from Bell Pass out. We keep telling ourselves the heat makes for a good conditioning hike!
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Aug 23 2014
neilends
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49 male
 Joined Jan 29 2008
 Paradise Valley/
Gateway TH to Thompson Peak, AZ 
Gateway TH to Thompson Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2014
neilends
Hiking11.20 Miles 2,893 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles
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The name of this hike is a misnomer as I explain here. I first hiked from the Gateway trailhead to Bell Pass. Since I felt pretty good, I then went on an unplanned jaunt through more trail that I hadn't tried before. But after hiking the Prospector Trail and reaching the final stretch for Thompson Peak (Old Jeep Trail), I wasn't feeling too great and had to decide whether or not to continue on to bag my first ever MSP peak. Here was my thought process:

Reasons not to keep going:
* It's hot, and getting hotter
* not totally sure I have enough water left
* I'm already tired
* feel like I've run out of energy
* I've hiked all this way, so, I still have to hike all the way back
* if something happens, they'll need a helicopter
* I could end up as a 30 second blurb on the local news
* not actually sure I'm newsworthy enough to get 30 seconds
* could end up being discussed on the HAZ "injured hiker" forum
* not actually sure I'd merit any discussion on the HAZ forum

On the other hand, here were the reasons I could think of to keep going and bag the peak:
* I want to.

In an unimpressive show of my intelligence, it still took me about 30 minutes of slowly making my way up the Thompson Peak access road before concluding that the peak was not in my destiny today. I trudged slowly back up to Bell Pass, and a seeming 17 days later finally got back to my car.

At 11 miles or so this was again my longest hike in decades. On my way up I also ran into a HAZer for the first time ever. Jamison (whose username I forget) recognized me because I'd listed this hike on the public calendar today. Kind of surreal crossing paths with a random hiker who out of the blue asked, "Hey, are you on hikearizona.com?" See you around Jamison!
Flora
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Arizona Caltrop
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Jul 12 2014
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2014
ddgrunning
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,351 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.75 mph
2,351 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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Final tune up for Mt. Whitney in a week and a half with my son. We wanted to do a loop on Kendrick for the mileage and altitude, but after spending hours in the car on vacation (we returned on Wednesday), I couldn't stomach another 5+ hours of driving to Flagstaff and back. So ... we opted for a hot/nearby hike, over cool/far away one.

First time up Thompson Peak. We got a relatively early start, and were on the trail shortly after 6 a.m. Having to "hike" the first 1/2 mile through the gated community was a rather inauspicious start to the hike [there are signs everywhere telling you to stay on the sidewalk and follow the "feathers" imprinted in the concrete to the trailhead]. On the plus side, the parking area is nice, with one of the most fancy trailhead bathrooms I've ever seen.

Anyway ... at the actual trailhead, we paid our $2/each, with a $1 tip (I only had a $5 bill) and marched onto the desert. The first couple of miles consist of a fair amount of moderate ups and downs as we traversed the washes. The destination (Thompson Peak) is in sight almost the whole way.

We were thankful for some wispy clouds that provided fairly constant, if not complete, protection from the sun, which made hiking conditions tolerable.

We startled a deer in one of the washes, and were startled ourselves by a large wasp-looking thing (a tarantula wasp?).

After making the left-hand turn on to Thompson Peak Road and going up some moderate inclines, we finally hit the butt-kicking part of this hike: a 1,400 ft. climb in less than 1.5 miles to the top. As advertised, it is steep, but the steepest sections are paved with concrete, so at least you aren't slipping and sliding as you climb. Not sure I would like to have the job of driving up and down that road to service the towers on top of the peak. :scared: (Not sure how they got the concrete to stay in place long enough to set, without just running down the hill....)

At the top, we were surprised to see 8 or so other folks who were equally crazy in deciding to do this hike in the middle of July. One fellow proclaimed himself a volunteer with the preserve and was eager to share his knowledge of the area, pointing out each of the peaks, etc.

On the way back down, we jumped off the road and followed the Prospector Trail for a little bit, and then went beyond the turn off to check out the Dixie mine, the tailing pile of which is evident. I wondered where the mine entrance was, as I couldn't see any obvious openings form the road. I found out why, when we climbed the tailings pile: the mine is a vertical one, going straight down 25-30 feet from the surface. It is covered with a large grate, and the bottom was filled with water. Kind of cool.

After that, we marched back across the desert, arriving back at our car around 11:15.

Although not quite the elevation gain or altitude of Kendrick, hopefully the steep climb in hot conditions helped bolster some endurance in preparation for Whitney.
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Apr 26 2014
The_Eagle
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 Triplogs 1,636

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
McDowell Meander, AZ 
McDowell Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking19.89 Miles 6,371 AEG
Hiking19.89 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.65 mph
6,371 ft AEG      44 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The Weather that never happened cancelled the original plans, so it was time to play close by with multiple bailouts if it ever happened.

Got rained on lightly 3 times, only once hard enough to put on the rain coat. The wind was relentless. At the end of the Lookout trail and the top of Thompson Peak you could barely stand. Finally got to hit a ridgeline off the prospector Trail that has always interested me. Took a break in the fold up lawnchair that is stashed up there.

3 Videos if you are bored....

The Lookout and Tom's Thumb area
http://youtu.be/mO70fFXFH7E

The Ogre's Den
http://youtu.be/b64Mcdu6LCM

Thompson Peak
http://youtu.be/hBUJZPP3m-E
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mountain Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Does it ever not flow?
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Mar 22 2014
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2014
hikerdw
Hiking12.80 Miles 3,095 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.87 mph
3,095 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Hiked the loop with a detour to check out Mountain Spring and then hiked out on the Prospector Trail where we found a little solitude to enjoy a bite to eat. Saw our first rattler of the season right alongside the trail taking in some rays. Very docile. Once we hit the Gateway Trail we joined in on the hiker train and cruised back to the TH.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mountain Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Very good flow from this spring.
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Mar 09 2014
tibber
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 Guides 21
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 Triplogs 1,155

66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Golden Eagle Loop with Bell Pass, AZ 
Golden Eagle Loop with Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2014
tibber
Hiking11.69 Miles 1,989 AEG
Hiking11.69 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.46 mph
1,989 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Plan B due to Ambika's schedule we decided to go with this loop on the side of town she needed to be. We both had last been out here when we did our Thompson Peak hike.

The morning was nice with a little breeze. In fact, most of the day we had a little breeze up to breezy. The morning trek on the Dixie Mine Trail seemed rather dull except we did see a squirrel perched on a rock. He was a chunky little thing even from a distance.
Soon we arrived at the mine area and hung a right as we would be hiking this counterclockwise today. You follow the road for just a piece before the arrow sign (it's not big so keep your eye open for it; I almost missed it cuz I was babbling) takes you onto a trail paralleling the road. Once you finally get to the top of the hill, the scenery and flora improve substantially.

We would get a chance to stop and watch the fountain go off. It was something to watch the water in the heavy breeze as it seemed the water was spraying all the way into downtown Fountain Hills. We captured it in video and photos.

Next stop was the Coachwhip/Windmill Trail junction where there is a bench. We had our morning snack here. Three other bike riders did the same. We headed up to Windmill junction and then continued up toward the junction with the East End Trail. It was pretty nice through here as far as McDowell scenery was concerned. Eventually you run into the Bell Pass/Windgate Junction where you head south on Bell Pass Trail. We did encounter a few other hikers/runners in this area.

And then over we went on the Bell Pass Trail. This is a longer section that takes you up and down with a couple switchbacks. Just before you get to the Prospector Trail junction it is a little steep. Here we would encounter a big group of hikers. We discussed whether or not Ambika wanted to see Scottsdale from above :lol:; because we had time to kill we did the .4 somewhat steep section up to Bell Pass. We did stop to get a photo of some blooming hedgehogs :) .

We had a bigger snack at the Pass where there were several folks. Two fellows had trouble reading the map but were smart enough to ask us where they were and what was the best way to get where they wanted. When they came off the Prospector they should have turned right.
And after observing how far we could see on this extremely clear day :y: and taking a couple photos to bear witness, we headed back down and onto the Prospector Trail.

We come upon this clearing with a grass floor. I decided I want to take a picture of this clearing and then I see this rock side of a drainage and head over there when I spot a bed frame and then an old stove. As I come back to exclaim this to Ambika I look up toward the rocks and spot a glyph. Needless to say we wandered around here a bit and found the old mine pit area before heading back to the trail. Don't recall anyone bringing this up in their trip logs but I'll have to check. Anyway, hence the name of the trail. We saw a grown-in road that went east from the Prospector Trail saddle and that looks worth exploring as well.
The Prospector Trail goes thru some of the more interesting area of this side of the McDowells I think as it follows beside a rather large wash. It also goes in and out of a couple drainages as you make your way to the road. We didn't run into anyone on this part of the hike.

It did start to get a bit warm as we finished off the Dixie Mine Trail. Fortunately we got distracted by some pretty chuparosa settings. The trail seemed much prettier on the way back so it had to be the light. That and the flora's blooms were out. And of course as you head this way you get a nice clear view of Four Peaks today.

We finished off our day at Sofrita's in FH with the Afternoon Brushcetta Board (4 different kinds) and I had a Huckleberry Mojito (could have used a little more huckleberry syrup cuz the fresh mint kind of overwhelmed the huck).

Now shock of all shocks here is a very short video (under 2 min) covering two events on the hike: http://youtu.be/i6mp2hMIT7c
If you want to see the video from the rain in my backyard on the first of March, raise your hand ;) or go to my channel (TibberProductions) http://www.youtube.com/user/wealthyAMR and scroll down to Recent Uploads.
Named place
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Dixie Mine East End
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chupurosa, hedgehogs, brittle bush blooming was hit and miss
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Mar 01 2014
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2014
toddak
Hiking21.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   10 Hrs      2.10 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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FINALLY some winter weather - rain, wind, sun, hail - perfect for desert hiking. Long figure-8 loop from Tom's Thumb trailhead with side trips to The Thumb, The Lookout and out Prospector. Definitely preferred the east side over the west, fewer sights/sounds of sprawling Phoenix.
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Feb 03 2014
Dave1
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 Routes 29
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45 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2014
Dave1
Hiking27.00 Miles 6,400 AEG
Hiking27.00 Miles
6,400 ft AEG
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Did a circumnavigation of McDowell Preserve. Add Promenade Trail and Sonoran Trail in Fountain Hills. Cold and windy on top of East End Summit. Got sprinkled on a little on the Dixie Mine trail. The tailing pile from Dixie Mine is huge! That must be some hole, too bad its gated. Had to cut through some gated 'hoods to complete the hike.
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Jan 17 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
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male
 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Golden Eagle Loop - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,642 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.70 mph
1,642 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
Ironically, I did this lasso loop two years ago plus one day. It’s a great, easy hike on good trails, and has just enough AEG to keep it interesting. You get a glimpse of a mine, a constant view of almost all the McDowell Mountain Range, and you go by an old cattle watering hole complete with corrals, water tanks, spring boxes and a windmill.
I did the loop-portion clockwise this time and got rid of most of the AEG within the first 3 miles.

The track is comprised of six named trails and a small portion of the Thompson Pk Road (twice). Once off the Dixie Mine Trail, you just make right turns at every trail intersection and soon you’ll be right back on the Dixie Mine Tr for the return to the TH. Basically, you‘re ‘circling’ the mountain that the Dixie Mine is in (Pk 3025). I imagine the valley between Pk 3025, and East End Pk was once full of cattle, since ranchers went to great lengths to build the corrals, windmill and water storage.

Again, this is a nice hike, on good trails, and it’s a short drive from the Phoenix area.
All good things. :)
Flora
Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Jan 12 2014
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak Coachwhip Loop - MSP, AZ 
Thompson Peak Coachwhip Loop - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
BiFrost
Hiking13.57 Miles 2,954 AEG
Hiking13.57 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.81 mph
2,954 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Early morning hike up Thompson Peak and then over to Prospector Trail with a loop around Coachwhip and Dixie Mine Trail. Lot's of mountain bikers on the trails today.
Named place
Named place
McDowell Mountains Thompson Peak
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Meteorology
Sunrise
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Jan 12 2014
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Thompson Peak-Coachwhip Loop, AZ 
Thompson Peak-Coachwhip Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
slowandsteady
Hiking13.57 Miles 2,954 AEG
Hiking13.57 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.81 mph
2,954 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Started hiking to a beautiful sunrise at the Golden Eagle Trailhead.

Dixie Mine-Up/Down Thompson Peak-Prospector-Bell Pass-Windmill-Coachwhip-back out Dixie Mine
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Dec 22 2013
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak to Tom's Thumb TH, AZ 
Thompson Peak to Tom's Thumb TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2013
BiFrost
Hiking11.39 Miles 3,697 AEG
Hiking11.39 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.58 mph
3,697 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Nice through hike and stroll around the McDowell's. Perfect weather...great views of Four Peaks, Ord and the Mazzies.
Fauna
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Tarantula
Named place
Named place
Thompson Peak Tom's Thumb
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Oct 05 2013
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
McDowells - Prospector Dixie Mine Trail, AZ 
McDowells - Prospector Dixie Mine Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,388 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.66 mph
1,388 ft AEG   3 Hrs   5 Mns Break
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1st trip
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BiFrost
Parked in the Golden Eagle Lot. We did count the mileage from the parking lot. :)

Dixie Mine to Thompson Peak Road to Prospector to Bell Pass Trail and back.
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Oct 03 2013
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
McDowells - Prospector Dixie Mine Trail, AZ 
McDowells - Prospector Dixie Mine Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2013
BiFrost
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,388 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.66 mph
1,388 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners partners
slowandsteady
We had lofty intentions of doing either Thompson Peak or a bigger loop of Prospector and Coachwhip trail, but in the end it was just up to the junction of Prospector Trail and Bell Pass Trail. Still a nice hike...we heard one rattlesnake and saw a few scorpions and I think a tarantula.
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