Thompson Trail 121


From State Highway 188, the trail quickly climbs along an arroyo and then follows the contour of the ridges above the highway and Roosevelt Lake. After 1½ mile, at the junction with the Cemetery Trail 255, the trail turns south and gradually ascends a broad ridge to the junction with FR 341. This trail is named after Jerome Thompson who served as the district ranger, 1956-1965, for the then-named Roosevelt Ranger District.

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Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Closed to all motor vehicles. Carry an adequate supply of drinking water. One gallon per person per day is recommended during hot periods.
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General Information


West End: (State Highway 188): From Roosevelt Dam, take State Highway 188 for ½ mile east to the trail connection. There is no parking here. Midway: (Cemetery): From Roosevelt Dam, take State Highway 188 for 1½ miles east to the Lakeview Park. Turn into the park entrance road for about 75 feet; the trailhead is just off to the right. Take Cemetery Trail 255 up the hill and then continue beyond the cemetery on a short spur trail to the connection with Thompson Trail.

East End: Forest Road #341: Drive through Lakeview Park until you reach a gate at the south end of the park. Forest Road (FR) 341 begins at this point. After closing the gate, proceed uphill for approximately ¾ mile. There is no parking.


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Mountain Biking

Outstanding views of Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake. Provides easy access to an area of Upper Sonoran Desert vegetation. Passes near the historic Roosevelt Cemetery. The trail is part of the Arizona Trail.
Difficulty Level: Easy


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