Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike - Thompson Peak

Date: 
Monday, February 19, 2018
Leaders: 
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Rating: 
A- LENGTH: 14.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 2,500 ft PACE: Medium (2.5 mph)

Call one of the leaders for the meeting time and to make sure this is the right hike for you.  It’s difficult but very rewarding.  We’ll meet at the GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD IN FOUNTAIN HILLS, located 3 miles north of Palisades Boulevard on East Golden Eagle Boulevard.  (The trailhead parking lot is located at the entrance to a gated community on Golden Eagle.  If you’d like to carpool to it from Route 101 and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale, contact one of the leaders.) 

The hike begins in McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills and passes into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale.  We’ll take a loop along the Dixie Mine, Coachwhip, Windmill, Bell Pass and Prospector Trails before ascending to Thompson Peak on a very steep but very good trail, paved near the top.  The views are great all along the way, and fantastic from the peak. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.