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hiking
2 days ago

This hike is a bit of a rough one but if you're like me you stare at the radio towers on Thompson peak from across town all day long. You drive into Fountain Hills and begin at the Sonoran trail head. There is a parking lot there and for about a 1/2 mile you follow the feathers that are emblazoned on the side walk through a residential area. It's a little strange that this is how it begins but there's no helping it. The trail head parking lot is abutting a private property protected gate. But hikers/trailrunners/bikers are welcome. You follow the feathers to the Sonoran put in trail head. About 1.5 miles in the trail splits to become the Dixie Mine trail or continue counterclockwise on the Sonoran trail head towards Sunrise peak. If you continue on the Dixie Mine trail for about another 2 miles or so you'll hit the access road that the Cox Communication trucks use to then drive up and service the radio tower. Some of that road is tolerable. There is a paved section approximately 1 mile straight up. It's literally a 45 degree angle. It's truly horrible. But you're rewarded with a plateau area that saddles between the FH and Scottsdale sides. After this it's a slow grind up more paved roads to the top. The trail is extremely sparse with hikers but if you live in Scottsdale and enjoy the McDowell's it's at least a local bucket list hike that I'd recommend. Views on top are stunning.....although the radio frequency vibrations of the towers make you wonder if you should bail quickly.

trail running
9 days ago

This is my "home" course and a trail I use most frequently for training. It's like an interval run. I go from Lost Dog Wash trailhead straight out to the Taliesan Overlook and then back track to the Old Jeep trail and up the ringtail trail back to the trailhead for a total distance of around 5.5miles. The trip up and out to the Overlook is exactly 2.17 miles of relatively minor elevation gain. But when you return down and around the old Jeep you have 6 separate ascents and descents to turn it into an interval type of run. The final segment I call "the liberty bell" because I mentally ring a bell almost like Rocky in Philly when I hit the top. The rest is all downhill back to the trailhead. Great run.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Good for trail running or for an easier hike. It does take some time to complete (a little over an hour to hour and a half) if walking. This app really helped me back to the starting point since the signs seemed a little confusing. I am going to go right to the ring tail trail next time for a quicker hike loop next time.

Nice trail up to taliesin outlook.

An easy to moderate hike. Very enjoyable loop and perfect evening temperature.