Thompson Peak Summit Hike, via Dixie Mine Trail, squeeze 1 more B 4 Summer

Have you ever driven up the 101 North Bound, the part of the Loop that runs through Scottsdale, and see those Mountains that sit out in front of you and stretches to the Right or East as the closer you get to it?  These are The McDowell's.  Tom's Thumb sits up there, if you are familiar with that.  Well, Thompson Peak is the Summit of the McDowell's.  How about now every time you drive by the McDowell's, you can say "I Bagged that!"?   I'm tired of driving by it and that being one of the few mountain ranges in the PHX Area that I have not Summited yet.  Heck, I have done Superstition Peak at 5057 ft, and haven't done this yet.  This will top out at 3983 ft.

 

Yes, yes, yes........ we are squeezing in one more Difficult rated hike here in the Valley before the Heat is upon us until October.

 

We will be doing this 9.5 Mile Hike, with over 2,000 feet in elevation gain coming all at the 1/2 way point.

 

This once desolate patch of Sonoran desert is now a neighborhood.

 

BRING CASH!

 

From the trailhead, hike along the main road to the right through private property to the county park boundary, where you must pay a fee of $1 per person. ($2 as of[masked]) Follow the trail to the Dixie mine, clearly marked. This part of the trail is relatively flat but affords fantastic views of Four Peaks and the Superstitions along its entire length. If you don't have time for the summit hike, the hike to the mine and back is lovely, easy, and enjoyable. This section of the trail would provide a good introduction to Sonoran landscape for relatives from out of town.

Once you reach the mine, follow the very large and obvious road to the left and straight up the mountain. The last two miles of this hike are extremely steep!

 

You better bring plenty of water for this time of the year.  5-6 liters.  It could be near 100 degrees upon return from the Summit.  Come prepared.  AND, yes, we need to start early.  It is my duty to keep everyone safe as possible.  Honestly we should start before 7:00am, but people will throw a fit about this.  We will be departing the parking lot at 7:15am.  We wait 15 minute for late arrivals, but that's it.

 

Hike starts at the end of Golden Eagle road in Fountain Hills just before the approach to a gated community. Trail parking is clearly identified and modern restrooms are here to as well. The first .6 miles are actually are actually on pavement snaking through the previously mentioned gated community. From there it links to the Sonoran Trail, then old jeep trail which it shares a short distance and is where you are on the approach to the Dixie mine shaft (not officially on the Dixie Mine trail), then ends a mile or so past at the juncture with the Coach Whip Trail. It encounters the old Dixie Mine about 2.5 miles or so from TH. Bring 2 dollars for the self pay station. There are restrooms at the parking area.

 

Did I mention it will be hot?  Sunscreen is a must.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good hike, (the 2/3's or so of what I made of it) and great people. I want to do and complete this hike in cooler weather and earlier in the AM. Probably in the fall.

    May 8, 2013

  • Ken H

    I am coming from Hillcrest/Arrowhead..and have room for 3 to pool with. You can park @ Safeway @ 67th/ 101

    April 28, 2013

    • Ken H

      yes..of course 5:30am at Safeway 20205 n 67th ave....very south end next to access rd.it is shaded..I wanna be on the road no later than 5:45...room for 2 more..

      May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ooops

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanx ewrik

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Eric for putting this hike together!

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Eric K.

    May 4, 2013

  • Eric K.

    What a but burner. So glad I can knock this off the bucket list. Bagged and tagged. Another great hike with great people. Ended up doing 11.06 miles.

    May 4, 2013

  • Al C.

    Kick in the pants hike with am awesome group today.

    May 4, 2013

  • Anna E.

    Sorry, something came up last moment.

    May 3, 2013

  • Blair

    The road to the summit is for tourists. ;) PRO TIP: you want to watch for a goat trail off to the right as the road starts going up. That reaches the summit from the side opposite the road and is MUCH harder, and that road is steep! You can see the trail on Google Earth. Unfortunately, I have not one, but two cars to get fixed Saturday so I cannot share in the pain. Enjoy!

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Ken H

    Looks like I will have room for 3+ from the meetup to the trailhead if needed

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Make sure you take lots of carbs... It is a real but burner.

    May 3, 2013

  • Gloria T.

    Going to Ut. My Dad is very ill....

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      so sorry to hear....prayers....

      May 2, 2013

  • tom j.

    Eric, have another spot in your truck?

    May 1, 2013

    • Eric K.

      sure can. 5:45am bro

      May 1, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Please see we changed the meet up time to 6:45am

    April 28, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Hey, Eric, can I catch a ride with you out of A'tukee?

    April 28, 2013

    • Eric K.

      sure thing Joe. 5:45am at Cracker Barrel.

      April 28, 2013

  • Eric K.

    SE Corner of Palisades and Fountain Hills Blvd

    April 28, 2013

  • Eric K.

    lol..... well we are increasing pretty fast here, so I am going to go ahead and change the Meet Up Location since where we are going only has 21 spots to park at the TH PL. So here is the new address. We will also have to move it up to 6:45am. Not a huge deal, I would hope. Safeway
    13733 Fountain Hills Blvd
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a meeting point before Golden Eagle Road? Or is there plenty of parking available?

    April 28, 2013

    • Eric K.

      At this time of the morning and at this location combined with the time of the year, there shouldn't be a problem for parking...... I don't anticipate it being a problem. With that said, I did check, they have 21 parking spaces available. Right now, there aren't a lot of people coming. If it starts to fill up, I will move the meet up location so we can car pool. For now, we'll keep it as is. If I do move it, it will be Safeway at Palisades and Fountain Hills.

      April 28, 2013

    • Eric K.

      at 11 now..... lol.....

      April 28, 2013

  • Gloria T.

    Yes

    April 6, 2013

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