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Thumb Peak - Castle Dome Mountains - 2 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 28 2018
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Thumb Peak - Castle Dome MountainsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Scenic Drive avatar Mar 28 2018
Jim_H
Scenic Drive20.00 Miles
Scenic Drive20.00 Miles   3 Hrs      6.67 mph
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My plan was to drive to hike Thumb Peak this day and Castle Dome after on Thursday. I figured I could make the trailhead as I watched parts of a youtube video of the drive which seemed to show the road to be decent enough for my Outback. It took me 75 minutes to drive that 10 miles, and I was getting sick of the road. When got to the 10 miles in "technical" section, I got out to examine the road. Maybe I could get down safely, maybe not, but up and out was what I was really concerned with, also, a short section in the lower part of the gully was concerning, too. I could have road walked if it was a great hike, but it was already late enough in the day that walking for 2(?)+ hours to complete the last 5 miles of road would have prevented me from completing the hike and then setting up camp. It wasn't worth it.

I will say that I am still interested in this hike, even if I took it off my wish list. So, if you read this and are planning a trip with a sufficient vehicle to access it, and you want me to join you, I would be interested. I'm sure there with be a lot of takers.

So, with Thumb out of the question for me, I decided to head for my main event, a repeat of Castle Dome. Castle Dome was actually what got me to want to drive out here, as I love that hike, the summit, and the views. It always feels much higher than it is, and the last few hundred feet are a lot of fun. Well, I didn't get any further than the Museum, as the road which was always gated at both ends, is now pad-locked and closed to the public. It wasn't in December, per another hiker I met, but it is now, and there are signs showing this at the KOFA entry kiosk. Too bad.

There is an alternative, but that takes a lot of time, and is reported to be very rough. Lacking options and short on time, I opted to head to Signal Peak, and enjoyed a repeat of that hike.
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Dec 12 2015
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Thumb Peak - Castle Dome MountainsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2015
chumley
Hiking2.28 Miles 1,281 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,281 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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After the long 15-mile drive around the southwest corner of the Kofa NWR into the heart of the southern Castle Domes, we set up to reach the summit of Thumb Peak. I had only a print out of some beta I had found online somewhere, and it was pretty good, except we headed out of the wash and up toward the peak too soon leaving us with a bit of a traverse at the base of the cliffs before climbing the correct hillside up to the ridge. There was a 12 foot climb below the peak that Dave said was class 4. Maybe. But simple and not exposed so pretty easy.

A nice rugged peak with good views over the southern Castle Domes. The register had all the usual suspects, but not many more. It appears that one or two annual visits is all it gets.

Fun way to grab a few more miles and another peak in the Kofa Wilderness. Thanks to Bob and Dave for being good sports about the whole thing! A pleasure to have you both along for the ride :)
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Thumb Peak - Castle Dome MountainsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2015
BobP
Hiking2.28 Miles 1,281 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,281 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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I wasn't sure if I could do this one. My leg hurt and after some medicine and stretching I decided to give it a try. Glad I did. The stats are very Squawlike but the terrain was somewhat tougher. After we were done, I decided to skip the grueling 2 mile hike to the mine. I've done 10 miles in OCT, 20 miles in Nov, and I'm over 30 miles for Dec. At this rate.......
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