|when||Sunday, April 28, 2019|
** A Grand Canyon qualifier due to extreme ascent, descent and mileage. A good hike
to see where one is concerning cardio and overall physical capability. **
This beautiful trail starts in a gated neighborhood where you will walk the footpath for the first half mile to the official trailhead, marked as Dixie Mine Trail.
The first two miles of the trail are relatively flat with rolling hills and washes. This first part is a good family "C" hike. You will be able to enjoy the full views of Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks. After two miles you’ll reach the Dixie Mine turnoff (mine visible straight ahead) where we will take the Jeep/maintenance road left marked to Thompson Peak.
From this point, the trail gets steeper and steeper. This part is nicknamed the Widow Maker, as even the seasoned/fit hikers will need rests along the way. Being so steep, the trail/road needed concrete paving to access the top of the peak. The climb provides a serene feeling of ridge-line hiking, offering amazing views along the way as you quickly climb 2000 feet to the peak.
The finish line is the majestic peak, which offers the best views of the valley and a feeling of triumph from climbing this relentless, very steep mountain.
Returning the same way, we will explore the Dixie Mine on the way down with a small detour. After the Dixie Mine, travel up one of the side canyons to see some colorful rock formations and hieroglyphics.
For the Grand Canyon hikers, this is very much like the Phantom to Indian Garden part of the long hike, in both temperature and elevation profile.
• At least 3 liters of water
• Sturdy hiking boots
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Hiking poles (I suggest these for the descent to save your knees).
|distance||10 miles (closer to 11 with the Dixie Mine excursion to see the mines and hieroglyphs)|
|EC||+-2000' elevation change|
|elevations||2,071' (Golden Eagle Trailhead) to 3966' (Thomson Peak)|
|on trail||100% — Dixie Mine & Thomson Peak Trails with an extension through the wash to view hieroglyphics and mines.|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$2 per person. Bring exact change.
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||Email the leader to confirm.|
|meet||6:00 AM at Fry’s Supermarket, Shea & Eagle Mountain Pkwy. Meet in the southwest corner, away from Fry’s. It is just west of the junction of Shea & Palisades Blvd., so good for this hike. I am hoping to time this right so as we start from the actual trailhead we can enjoy the sun as it rises|
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