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Thompson Peak Day Hike
McDowell Mountains
January 22, 2017
by Debbie Rowray
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group
Trailblazers on Thompson Peak. [photo by Quy]
Quy, Tom, Tamar, Darrell, Nancy, David, Pamela, Colleen, Michelle, Mark, Debbie, Michael

On a fine Sunday morning, January 22nd, 2017, a group of us climbed up the very steep and challenging Thompson Peak. Starting off with the wonderment of quartz rock and gorgeous desert landscape on Dixie Mine Trail, we could see her majestic, towering peak calling our names in the distance.

peak
What a lovely day for hiking!
crest
Crested Saguaro.
hikers
We’ve got a big climb ahead.
view
Let’s stop and enjoy the view.
trail
This is serious climbing, folks.
road
Yes, there is a road up to Thompson Peak.
cramp
This road doesn’t give me cramps.
road
Onward and upward.
road
Where the pavement ends.

With all hearts pumping vigorously, we climbed to the top to enjoy lunch and the massive 360 degree views of the valley below. The wind at the top was chilly after such a workout!

road
Are we almost there?
stop
Stop and breathe.
top
The view from the top.
break
Let’s take a break here.
view
What a view!

After descending the mountain, we ventured through a wash to see the history of Dixie Mine and numerous shafts dug into the mountains, as well as some very distinct petroglyphs. Once back to the cars, I noticed a beautiful crested saguaro near the parking lot. How neat, and not seeing it prior? I must have been excited to climb and was not paying attention.

mountains
The McDowell Mountain at their best.
signs
Trails are well signed.
hikers
You’ve come a long way.

Kudos to all who climbed this peak! It is no small feat, and not for the weary.

I had a wonderful time and I appreciate Michael for asking if I would like to help lead this hike.

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updated February 22, 2017