Thompson Peak Hike (McDowells)

Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 07:45
Leaders: 
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727
Rating: 
B+ LENGTH: 10 mi ELEV GAIN: 2250 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:45 am (depart 8:00) at Fry's at 90th St. and Shea Blvd, just east of the 101. Park on the east end of the parking lot closer to Chase Bank OR meet us at the Golden Eagle trailhead in Fountain Hills at 8:30.

Join us for this "bun burner" hike. The first part of the trail (going to Dixie Mine) is relatively flat. After reaching the mine, we'll begin our ascent straight up the mountain. The last two miles are extremely steep, as the road builders decided to charge directly up the mountain - and you will feel it! Views from the top of Thompson Peak are of the entire Phoenix metro area, south to the Catalinas, east to the Superstitions, and north to the Mazatzals.

As an added bonus, learn how the microwave tower at the summit is used to control the gates of Central Arizona Project from Lake Havasu City to Tucson. This from our member, Rudy Gates, who erected the tower. Learn about how the water is distributed between CA, AZ and NV, the importance of water conservation and much more. This is guaranteed to be a very educational and informative hike.

Hiking poles are highly recommended to save the knees. Bring snacks, water, and layer your clothing, as it could be very windy and cold on the top. Bring money for entrance fee at trail head.

Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.