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Thompson Trail (Forest Service Trail 629)

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Address: White Mountains, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

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Great beautiful easy close-in Hike

We have been hiking this trail for 40 years. Yes before it was a “real Trail”. It is extremely ease to get to either from just out the back of Pinetop Lakes or down the road going... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Show Low, United States
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Show Low, United States
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We have been hiking this trail for 40 years. Yes before it was a “real Trail”. It is extremely ease to get to either from just out the back of Pinetop Lakes or down the road going to Sky-Hi at the Thompson Draw Trailhead. Now that we have gotten some good snow and rain the draw has water and good... More 

Thank brucehM8847VG
Leander, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

beautiful area, not at all what you think Arizona should look like. More like Colorado with alpine meadows, glacial lakes, spruce and aspen. The hike follows a trout stream with opportunities to get down to the water. Hiked the trail 9/18/2016 (Sunday afternoon). Only saw one fisherman, no other hikers. The map showing the location is wrong, by the way.... More 

2 Thank dwilliamsce7
Show Low, Arizona
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162 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

From SPL the drive itself is worth the time. The trail itself is great. Running water always adds to a hikes allure and but add in mountain meadows and the visual is a must see.

Thank R H
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews
Reviewed 25 May 2016

We took our two small dogs on this hike and they loved it as much as we did. It is a nice cool trail that offers lots of shady areas and is cool thanks to the water. This is not a difficult trail and it does connect to another trail (West Fork), but we didn't like that trail very much.... More 

Thank Mackenzie D
Webster Groves, Missouri
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82 reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

All of the the White Mountain trails are nice, but a traveller needs to be aware that not this trail but many of the trails this area belong to the nearby White Mountain Apache Indian community. They regulate use and access to their land. Enjoy all of this, but be aware of your surroundings and respect the existing access and... More 

1 Thank IquitosAnglo
Phoeinx, Az
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

It's an easy hike with great scenic beauty. It can be very muddy in portions by the end of the summer. There is a lot of fire damage on the hills above the trail and especially if you cross the river and continue on the West Fork Trail. A previous reviewr seems to have confused this trail in the Apache... More 

Thank Kayne
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

Wow, wow, wow what a beautiful and peaceful hike surrounded by wildflowers and a flowing stream. Very easy hike. We hiked the Thompson Trail today which follows the course of the West Fork of the Black River and passes through some of the most striking country to be seen in the White Mountains near Greer. Wildflowers dominate the landscape and... More 

1 Thank linda8201
San Tan Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed 16 November 2014

We did not use the trail but stopped to use the handicapped restrooms. They were spotless! Also, easy to manage in and had lots of toilet tissue. Better than some business' restrooms!

4 Thank Leilani F
Mesa, Arizona
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54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2013

Beautiful easy family hike. Mostly flat terrain that follows along the creek. Expect afternoon summer rains.

10 Thank Nancy D

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