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Prospector Trail - MSP - 19 members in 92 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 19 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 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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Four Peaks Mount Ord
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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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male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 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
 
1st trip
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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Fair weather cumulus cloud
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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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46 male
 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
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
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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50 male
 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
3,846 ft AEG
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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
Yoder
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54 male
 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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Dec 29 2019
DixieFlyer
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male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ 
Bell Pass from Dixie Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,883 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   3.15 mph
1,883 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
I wanted to get out and stretch my legs a little bit, and thought that I'd hike up to Bell Pass from the Dixie Mine TH. I had gone up to Bell Pass yesterday from the Gateway TH, and on this hike I went up to Bell Pass from the other direction.

It was a nice sunny day out, but it was a bit on the cool side. There was hardly anybody on the trail -- I saw probably 4 hikers and about the same number of mountain bikers.

There were some nice views of snow capped peaks out to the east, including Mazzy Peak, Mount Ord, Boulder Mountain, Four Peaks, and the Sierra Anchas.
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Saguaro - Crested
Named place
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Four Peaks Mount Ord
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Nov 16 2019
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak from Gateway, AZ 
Thompson Peak from Gateway, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
joebartels
Hiking14.51 Miles 3,860 AEG
Hiking14.51 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.06 mph
3,860 ft AEG      49 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Scary trailhead. Managed to get past squeaky toned soccer moms without hearing you're not doing it right. My nerves were put at ease when a punk kid Bruce's age pulled up in an RX-7 blaring Steve Miller. After we hit the Maurice note I got underway.

Choose this network of trails to test a new feature on Route Scout. Tread holds a good clean bulldozed swath for a couple miles. Further in with the towers out of view the terrain/geology is pretty cool and has a less urban feel. Noticed a mini ascent before the big ascent on RS so I decided on ZipFizz before the big ascent. It has zero effect on energy, just makes water exciting.

I'm sure everyone figured I was a total to dweeb with my Everest sized daypack but it looks snazzy. Heading up to Bell Pass surprisingly had several oncoming hikers. I did start a little late and galloped at a snail's pace.

Just two mtn bikers and a friendly hiker out back on Prospector. Nice trail view wise. Signed but I first noted it on RS.

Approaching Thompson Peak I couldn't remember if I'd ever been to the summit. Going up the concrete I was 147% sure I'd never skinned this peak! The concrete is reliably grippy. It felt great to hike backwards using different muscles. The second hurrah after intermission was wicked steep for a couple short switchbacks, freaking awesome. It was all fun and games going up but the thought of slip-descending was creeping into mind-balance.

18 feet shy of 4000 ft Thompson Peak was pretty cool. Might repeat more than once every 23 years.

Upon realizing the gleaned loop wasn't legal nor safe for my balance I switched to out-n-back mode. Heading down the top of the lower concrete slab I passed a biker who had enough lung to chat. One of two high pitch granny gear riders encountered. Neither seemed to be spinning extremely quick but the pitch of the ratcheting gears caught my attention.

Ate some stale almonds cuz I needed the sodium. Debated on a ZipFizz for magnesium but hit the final ascent with Eternal Energy instead to get it over in flash. Good slow hike, glad I went.

Black and chrome convertible `57ish Dodge DeSoto or such looked dreamy on the Loop 101.
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Parish GoldenEye, Desert Globemallow, Desert Phlox, Blooming Creosote, Trailing 4:00
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May 27 2019
BiFrost
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Sunrise Paradise Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Sunrise Paradise Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
BiFrost
Hiking20.93 Miles 5,502 AEG
Hiking20.93 Miles   8 Hrs   2 Mns   2.74 mph
5,502 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Looking at the forecast I noticed that the high temp in Phoenix was only supposed to be 78. I had to do a double take as I thought it was a misprint. But that was the forecast and not wanting to be on roads Memorial Day I opted for something close to town. Decided on this long loop in the McDowells starting from Lost Dog trail head.

I headed for Sunrise Peak with some cool clouds and really nice temps. Took my breath on the summit and then went back down to the Andrew Kinsey Trail. Only saw one other hiker on this very pleasant stretch of trail. Eventually made it down to Adero Canyon trail head which I haven’t seen since it was completed. Although I’m not 100% sure it’s open yet since there was nobody there and the road to it is unpaved.

After that it was onto the Promenade Trail and the Sonoran Trail where I did not see any other hikers. The Sonoran ends at Dixie Mine Trail where I started to see lots of hikers presumably heading for Thompson Peak. Then I jumped on Prospector Trail to Bell Pass Trail where again I didn’t see anyone.

Very windy at Bell Pass as I dropped down towards the Paradise Trail turnoff. Then jumped on Paradise Trail and had lunch in the wash. After lunch I continued on Paradise Trail to Quartz and past Taliesin Overlook. Last 2.5 miles back to Lost Dog went quickly. Still can’t believe it was only 78….never felt hot during the entire hike. Too bad it won’t last :sweat:
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Feb 25 2019
norm5715
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 Joined Jan 27 2014
 
Dixie Mine-Loop, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2019
norm5715
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,634 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   3.21 mph
1,634 ft AEG      24 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
In order to get to the hike, you have to drive to the gated housing area in Fountain Hills. Park outside the gate (there's parking and rest rooms) and walk about .25 miles to the trailhead.

The hike is relatively easy, without long uphill or downhill stretches. Our moving average was about 2.9 miles per hour.

On this day 2/25/2019, the trail was fairly dry, with some areas of mud. The muddy areas could easily be avoided.

The lollypop loop was done counter clockwise. Dixie Mine trail to Coachwhip, Coachwhip to Windmill, Windmill to Bell Pass, Bell Pass to Prospector and Prospector back to Dixie Mine. Make sure to make a right turn from Prospector on to Dixie Mine.
The temperature was comfortably cool, but sunny, after a couple days of cold weather.

The hills still had snow cover in the shaded areas.

The desert was amazingly green with a profusion of poppies blooming, and many other flowers starting to bud.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Huge number of poppies and many other plants starting to bloom
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Feb 01 2019
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine-Prospector-Coachwhip - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Prospector-Coachwhip - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2019
KBKB
Hiking10.63 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking10.63 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.93 mph
1,601 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Lloyd, Ben, Marilyn, Diane, Diane, and Marilyn joined me for a 10.6 mile hike in the Dixie Mine Area. We hiked out on Dixie Mine, visited the mine and the petroglyphs, then continued on Prospector, Bell Pass, and Windmill. When we got to Coachwhip, we turned right; that led us back to the Dixie Mine Trail for our return trip.

Trails were in good condition w/ many flowers along the way. We saw other trail users, mostly hikers, towards the end of our hike.
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Four Peaks
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Dec 23 2018
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking13.47 Miles 3,790 AEG
Hiking13.47 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.56 mph
3,790 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
Started from the 104th St TH, Nice & breezy all the way up to Bell Pass, no breeze at all on the east side of the pass. Made my way up to Thompson Peak, then back down. Saw a few people, but not really all that many. Warm for the last few miles. Lots of flowers all along the trails.
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Brittlebush, globemallow, poppies
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Nov 02 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,542 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.45 mph
1,542 ft AEG      20 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Nina, Pat, Wayne, Kay, Mike, and Marilyn joined me for Friday's hike in MMRP. We also saw Bill and Stan at the Trailhead when we started and also on the way back. Bill and Stan did some trail maintenance near the mine. We also saw Jill who had intended to join our hike, but arrived at the trailhead an hour early and ended up hiking on her own.

We did a lollipop - Dixie Mine, Prospector, Bell Pass, Windmill, Coachwhip, and back on Dixie Mine.

The trails we hiked were in good condition, though as mentioned in a past triplog, the trail near the mine has been recently eroded and is somewhat confusing. That said, even before Bill and Stan's efforts, some of the brush had been recently cleared making it easier to at least see the mine entrance.

Wayne and a few of the others saw some deer as we were hiking back on Dixie Mine. Despite showing me where to look, I couldn't spot them.

We saw a number of other trail users, both mountain bikers and other hikers. It was a great day for a hike.
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Oct 05 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.48 mph
1,470 ft AEG      15 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Jill, Linda, Marilyn, and Janet joined me for MMRP's Friday morning hike. We did a lasso hike starting from the parking area for the Dixie Mine Trail... out on Dixie Mine, visited the mine and petroglyphs, then onto Prospector, Bell Pass, Windmill, and Coachwhip. Back on Dixie Mine. (Marilyn and Janet did a shorter hike - out to the mine and back.)

As soon as we got onto the Dixie Mine Trail, we could tell that the recent rains had scoured the trail of dirt and smaller rocks. This made the trail rockier in spots. When we came to wash crossings, even small ones, we found significant erosion.

The beginning of the trail to the mine (from the road) is now about a foot and a half lower than it used to be. It now looks like a wash - you wouldn't guess that it's the trail into the mine and petroglyphs unless you knew about it in advance. Getting to the mine now involves ducking under vegetation. We didn't attempt to reach the gated mine entrance as there is now some deadfall in the way in addition to the tamarisk that was already becoming a problem.

The Prospector Trail is in surprisingly good condition as is the portion of the Bell Pass Trail that we hiked. Likewise, the Windmill Trail is in fairly good condition, though some of the wash crossings would be more challenging than they used to be if you attempted to ride them.

The southern section of Coachwhip has a bit more erosion / scouring.

We saw two deer while hiking the Coachwhip Trail. We saw a rattlesnake (western diamondback) as we hiked back on Dixie Mine.
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Sep 14 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine-Coachwhip-Prospector - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Coachwhip-Prospector - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.41 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking10.41 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.51 mph
1,470 ft AEG      15 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linda and Marilyn joined me for the MMRP Friday morning hike.

We hiked out Dixie Mine; Marilyn turned around at the road. Linda and I turned left onto the service road, then right onto Prospector. We turned right onto Bell Pass, right onto Windmill, and right onto Coachwhip. We returned via Dixie Mine.

We saw a red-tailed hawk on Dixie Mine. Later on, we saw a black-tailed rattlesnake on the Bell Pass Trail. I took photos of both, but I don't think that the snake photos will turn out since it was in some brush. The camera's spot auto-focus kept focusing on the brush, not the snake. In hindsight, I should have used manual focus for that shot.

We were somewhat surprised that we saw no other (human) trail users.
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Aug 17 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine-Coachwhip-Bell Pass-Prospector, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Coachwhip-Bell Pass-Prospector, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.65 Miles 1,542 AEG
Hiking10.65 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.52 mph
1,542 ft AEG      10 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Another solo Friday Hike in MMRP / MSP...

Starting from the parking area at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, I walked through the Eagle's Nest subdivision, entering MMRP a little over half a mile later. From there I went out on Dixie Mine, left on Coachwhip, left on Windmill, left on Bell Pass, left on Prospector, and left on the service road, returning via Dixie Mine.

The trail was largely in good condition, though there was some erosion, especially at wash crossings, due to the recent rain.

I saw some Arizona Poppies / Caltrops in a wash off the Windmill Trail. I wandered into the wash to get a few photos. I also saw some Senna, but didn't like the specimens I saw well enough to bother with photos. I also saw a large male deer while hiking Prospector; it was too quick for me to get a photo.

As I returned on Dixie Mine, I saw two other pairs of hikers setting out. I was kind of surprised at their late morning start.
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Senna, Barrel Cactus, Arizona Poppy
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Jul 21 2018
BiFrost
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak via Bell Pass, AZ 
Thompson Peak via Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
BiFrost
Hiking13.06 Miles 3,948 AEG
Hiking13.06 Miles   6 Hrs   36 Mns   2.19 mph
3,948 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
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Stayed close to town and knocked out Thompson Peak from Gateway and Bell Pass. Cloud cover kept things cooler in the morning but it was blazing hot by the time we finished.
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slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Thompson Peak via Bell Pass, AZ 
Thompson Peak via Bell Pass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
slowandsteady
Hiking13.06 Miles 3,948 AEG
Hiking13.06 Miles   6 Hrs   36 Mns   2.19 mph
3,948 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
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Jul 06 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine to Prospector Overlook - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Dixie Mine to Prospector Overlook - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2018
KBKB
Hiking7.85 Miles 1,053 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.62 mph
1,053 ft AEG      8 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Jill and I hiked out to the Dixie Mine, including the top of the mine tailings, visited the (horizontal) adit, looked at the petroglyphs, and then hiked to the scenic overlook on the Prospector Trail. Jill, with whom I had hiked only once before, hadn't seen any of this stuff yet, so it was nice to show it to her.

It was sort of tempting to add on some extra distance, but sort of not too since the morning started quite warm - it was around 93 F starting out today.

We saw an early morning trail runner, a mountain biker, and a truck that was probably out to do some maintenance at the Thompson Peak antenna towers. No interesting critters, though we did see a few birds and rabbits. Bees too - it's still really dry out and I think they were interested in our perspiration.

My friend Linda (who was working on a McDowell Sonoran Conservancy project today) had helped clear tamarisk (salt cedar) from the area around the mine. Sadly, quite a lot of it has grown back. Jill and I had to push our way past some of it in order to make our way over to the petroglyphs.
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Jul 01 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine-Prospector-Bell Pass-Coachwhip, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Prospector-Bell Pass-Coachwhip, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.31 Miles 1,778 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.56 mph
1,778 ft AEG      4 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
An early morning lasso with a spur in McDowell Mountain Park and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve...

Starting from the Dixie Mine parking area at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, I hiked out Dixie Mine, the up the road to Prospector; Prospector to Bell Pass Trail; up Bell Pass Trail to the pass; then back down, past the intersection with Prospector to the intersection of Bell Pass, Windgate Pass, and Windmill; Windmill to Coachwhip; Coachwhip to Dixie Mine; and back to the parking lot on Dixie Mine.

Temps were in the mid seventies when I started and mid- to high-nighties when I finished. Bringing two 3 liter reservoirs, I drank at least 4 liters of water.

I saw a number of other trail users along the way, including trail runners, mountain bikers, and other hikers. I was surprised to see a family heading out at around 10:30am as I was returning.

As usual, the trails in the park and the preserve are in excellent condition, are well signed, and are super easy to follow.
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Jun 08 2018
KBKB
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine to Prospector Overlook - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Dixie Mine to Prospector Overlook - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2018
KBKB
Hiking8.01 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.01 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.29 mph
1,115 ft AEG      25 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Partners none no partners
Mike, Bob, Marilyn, Kathy, and Tawana joined me for a hike of the Dixie Mine Trail. We hiked out to the road, took a look at the tailings and then back down to look in at the horizontal shaft. We also looked at the petroglyphs after which we made our way over to the Prospector Trail where we hiked to the lookout that's midway up the trail.

I had hoped to make it a somewhat longer hike by also doing Bell Pass, Windmill, and Coachwhip, but the day was becoming warm so we instead opted to turn around and do it as an out-and-back.

These trails are in excellent condition and are super easy to follow. We saw a few other trail users on our way out. I don't think we saw anyone else on our return trip.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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