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Dixie Mine to Thompson Peak

This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE or VERY DIFFICULT!

A truly epic climb, Thompson Peak will test even the strongest and fittest of hikers! We'll start at the Dixie Mine trailhead in Fountain Hills. This trail takes us along a very flat route and gets us halfway towards the top of the mountain. You can stop here and turn around, or proceed. Nearly all the climbing is packed into the latter half on the service road leading up to the summit! A grueling steep route takes us to the top allowing us to conquer the highest point accessible in the McDowells. We'll stop for a long break near the top before returning along the same path. You're encouraged to bring a camera, sun protection of some sort, trekking poles and must bring at least 3+ liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear. Bring a substantial snack or lunch for eating at the summit.

NOTE: you can turn around (unescorted) at the halfway point making this an INTERMEDIATE hike or continue all the way for a VERY DIFFICULT challenge!

DISTANCE: 5.5 or 10 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: <200 ft or 2000+ ft
DURATION: 2.5 or 5+ hours
TRAIL STYLE: In and out
DOGS: Yes, if leashed
FACILITIES: Bathrooms and water fountain
WEBSITEMSC Trailmap MMRP Trailmap
DIRECTIONS: Follow the Google map link above to Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hills. Drive until the road ends at a community gate. There is a parking lot just before the gate on the left side where we will meet. Space is limited so carpooling is encouraged. There is a short walk from the parking lot to the actual trailhead inside the residential community. Note there is a $2.00 walk-in fee per person for the county park system. Bring exact change.

 

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  • Herbert S. Wagner 👞.

    Pretty steep at the end. Could almost kiss my toes :-)

    December 31, 2013

  • Robert K.

    Great cardio workout - that climb to the top is S T E E P!!!

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one now becomes my favorite hike! Thanks Kaveh.

    December 30, 2013

  • Andy

    Thank you Kaveh for leading. Great workout,and them some!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    G*R*E*A*T!!! Super challenging.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Linda S.

    I went only part way.

    December 29, 2013

  • Linda S.

    A perfect Sunday morning hike.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Cary

    Thank you Kaveh !!! Awesome hike

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just wanted to let everyone know that Bear and I made it to the mine(no help from Bear).

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! Kaveh, thanks for leading.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Lana

    Great hike with my lovely fellow hikers! Thank you, kaveh! Happy New Year everyone!:)

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kaveh, Trail Mix Hikers. Thanks for the great hike and making me feel at home within the group. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet each of you along the way. Enjoyed those I met. If you're ever in Denver with a need for a hiking group, let me know. I'd be happy to introduce you to Trails and Ales.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Christa J

    Thank you so much for hosting this hike, Kaveh. A gorgeous day and great company.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Kaveh

    Fun gorgeous day, thanks everyone for coming along and sharing the hike! :-)

    December 29, 2013

  • Jennifer

    EPIC! LOL

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Rich B.

    Sorry I couldn't make it.........my designated driver took ill early this a.m.

    December 29, 2013

  • Kaveh

    Make sure you bring $2 cash exact change for the park entry fee, see you in the morning!

    December 29, 2013

  • Linda S.

    I am going to the half way point (getting over a cold). I live close to Paradise Valley Mall if anyone else going partway wants to carpool.

    December 28, 2013

  • Rich B.

    I'm wondering if I could catch a ride with anyone coming through Tempe? I can meet you at any location convenient for you in the area, including just off the 202 or 60. Thanks!

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not sure...

      December 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, Rich, we can not see your phone number. ;-)

      1 · December 28, 2013

  • Perry B.

    Michele, even on Christmas Day u had to get my weak spot.:)))). I was on a hike today and I mentioned to a few about the one we got sorta lost on.:) I pretty much lead but stopped at ever crossroads!!! Hope to see u on a hike soon.

    1 · December 25, 2013

    • Michele

      Sorry, I just couldn't resist!

      December 26, 2013

  • Perry B.

    My favorite hike Kaveh but Sundays is the only day of the I cannot make it for now.:((. Is there any chance for a Saturday hike?

    1 · December 22, 2013

    • Perry B.

      Ahhhhh, nice try Kavah.:))). Well with the word well know I can get lost if a hike was. 1 block long.:). That's how bad I pay attention! But, Sundays will open up after football season. Thanks though.

      1 · December 23, 2013

    • Michele

      There is only 1 turn Perry...left at the end of Dixie Mine to the peak BUT you would probably miss it and take the group on an even LONGER hike somehow into the great unknown! Sorry...couldn't resist commenting :)

      December 25, 2013

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