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Thompson Trail #629 - 9 Things to Know Before Visiting

FR 116, Greer, AZ 85927, USA

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About Thompson Trail #629

Thompson Trail #629 is though one of the loveliest landscapes in the White Mountains. The trailhead is on a major forest road negotiable by vehicles. The trail is well-groomed and follows the West Fork of the Black River and remains always on the same side of the creek.


Things to Do at Thompson Trail #629

With wildflowers & wildlife, Thompson Trail #629 is beautiful with a winding stream along the way. The trail is mostly flat and the hike is along a creek almost the whole way. In most hikes, one will encounter rivers occasionally, but for this, the river is always there. The trail is 8.7 kilometres in length (out and back). The trail offers a fun hike for families with kids and dogs due to its low intensity. On a hot summer day, it is an ideal place to hang around and play in the creek to cool down.

The route to get to the trail is about four miles of primitive gravel road which can get exceptionally muddy after storms. Drive with caution as there will be many potholes. Driving on a 4 x 4 is highly recommended.

From the signed trailhead, walk along the West Fork of the Black River. There are two trails - the hiking trail that stays close to the river and sometimes can be tricky to find. When you lose it, search for it near the river and pick it up again. Depending on the timing of the rains, the trail can get marshy in spots.

The second trail is for mountain bikes and horses and it follows an old dirt road which offers some unique views.

The river flows year-round and the walk along it is very enjoyable. There will be some manmade waterfalls along the river that are constructed to protect the native Apache Trout. Fishing is prohibited but you will see some fishermen along other parts of the creek.

Best Time to Visit Thompson Trail #629

The best times to visit Thompson Trail #629 are April through September. The trail might be closed in other months.

Tips for Visiting Thompson Trail #629

  1. Get to the trailhead early to avoid crowds & a place to park. The parking space is only enough for 4-6 vehicles.
  2. The trail is not thickly wooded. There are a lot of open areas so bring sunscreens.
  3. Bring drinking water or a purification system. The stream water is not treated.
  4. There are no restrooms available on the trail.
  5. Thompson Trail #629 connects West Fork Trail #628 and loop trail #628A.
  6. No cell service in the trail and the areas around.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Thompson Trail #629

  1. The trail was constructed with the help of many volunteering organisations.
  2. To build the trail, grants were given by the Heritage Fund in cooperation with the US Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Thompson Trail #629

It will take about 3 hours to complete hiking at Thompson Trail #629.

How to Reach Thompson Trail #629

From the town of Eagar, travel west on AZ Highway 260 for 2.8 miles to AZ Highway 261. Turn left (south) on AZ Highway 261 for 16.3 miles to AZ Highway 273. Turn right (north) for 2.1 miles to FR 116. Turn left (south) on FR 116 for 3.5 miles. The trailhead is on the right.

Entrance Fee of Thompson Trail #629

There are no fees to enter Thompson Trail #629.

Opening Hours of Thompson Trail #629

The trail is open throughout the day from April to September. From October to March, the trails and most of the roads in the area will be closed due to heavy winter.

Attractions Near Thompson Trail #629

Big Lake
Big Lake4.45km from Thompson Trail #629

A beautiful a White Mountains' fishing lake, with attractive size, productivity and visitor amenities. Situated at 9,000 feet in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Big Lake is about 26 miles south of Springerville and Eagar. Primary fish species here include rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, with an occasional Brown trout. It is an iconic location for a picnic and also bathing in allowed here.

Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake5.44km from Thompson Trail #629

Crescent Lake is located approximately 2 miles north of Big Lake. The lake sits at just over 9,000 feet elevation on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, as such the facilities located here are managed by that authority. Access is restricted in the winter when roads are closed due to snow, generally December to early April.

Reservation Lake
Reservation Lake5.59km from Thompson Trail #629

Reservation Lake is an approximately 300 acre body of water located just inside the eastern boundary of the White Mountain Apache Reservation in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. This lake is not quite as accessible as the other lakes in the area. A 10 mile drive on a washboarded dirt road is necessary to get to Reservation Lake.

Lee Valley Lake
Lee Valley Lake6.95km from Thompson Trail #629

Lee Valley Lake is Arizona's highest elevation reservoir, situated at 9,420 feet in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near Mount Baldy. It is located approximately 35 miles from Pinetop-Lakeside, connected by Arizona highways 260 and 273 and forest road 113. Access is restricted in the winter when roads are closed due to snow, generally December to early April.

Mount Baldy Wilderness
Mount Baldy Wilderness7.33km from Thompson Trail #629

Mount Baldy is a mountain in eastern Arizona in the United States. With a summit elevation of 11,409 feet, the peak of Mount Baldy rises above the tree line and is left largely bare of vegetation, lending the mountain its current name. The Mount Baldy Wilderness occupies the eastern slope of the mountain and is managed by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy8.88km from Thompson Trail #629

Mount Baldy is a mountain in eastern Arizona in the United States. With a summit elevation of 11,409 feet, the peak of Mount Baldy rises above the tree line and is left largely bare of vegetation, lending the mountain its current name. The Mount Baldy Wilderness occupies the eastern slope of the mountain and is managed by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Where is Thompson Trail #629

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Apache County
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Apache County is located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. Most of the county is occupied by part of the federally recognized Navajo Nation and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, respectively. It also contains part of Petrified Forest National Park. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is entirely within the county and within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.

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