Tom's Thumb Trail

#2 of 207 trails in Tonto National Forest

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Tom's Thumb Trail is a 6.3 mile out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Kelsey Eglinton (172)

6 Completed3 Reviews

Great trail, I went with a group of five and it kicked all our butts (except my friend George who is in exceptionally good shape and does this trail as well as the Loop all the time). We ended up doing the loop as well, so this was basically our warm up. And what a warm up...the first mile or two is very steep, and mostly in an incline fashion versus a 'stairway' fashion like Squaw Peak is. If I didn't live on the other side of the Valley from here I would absolutely make this a normal hike, it's challenging in a fun way and well worth the views - especially to the north - that you get on the trail.

Yvonne Chan (158)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great hiking trail. The views are beautiful and there is so much plant life along the trail. I highly recommend going early. We started at 6:30am and the temperature was moderate (low 80s) in the beginning. With an early start, the first 2 miles of the trail was shaded by the rock formation. That was great! There is a lot of loose rocks/ gravel throughout the trail so wear good hiking shoes. Bring at least 2.5 L of water, sunscreen and a cap.

Rebecka Read (342)

9 Completed9 Reviews

Awesome! My dogs & i didnt reach peak here but worth the ascent wevdid climb. Awesome panaromic boulder views all around.

danny flynn (3070)

33 Completed35 Reviews

I had been dying to do Scottsdale trails, but it's a trip for me so I had not done any. Today I had a meeting in north Scottsdale, so I swung over to do Tom's Thumb, which was quite a bit farther. The route is well marked with road signs, so it is easy to find. It's out there a ways! The trail is well groomed, and at first it seems really easy. Continuing on, though, it gets to be pretty difficult. For the first one mile it is a steep climb up the side of the mountain. The trail climbs up about 1,400 feet, and that is tough. There are no tricks to the trail. The only trick is the climb. More than once I thought about turning around! Fortunately, I didn't. It tops out at over 3,000 feet. The close by rocks are spectacular. There were not many people on the trail today. I passed by five others going up and down, including one older gentleman who left me in the dust on the way up. When I reached the top, he had already turned around and started back down. There are several connecting trails going to different places, including the McDowell Mountains and the rock climbing area. Visitors are warned against attempting rock climbing without skills and equipment! This is a great, challenging hike.

Manpreet S. (145)

Best hike with nice view....

Rick Prochaska (119)

2 Completed1 Reviews

We loved it the gain is tough at the start but the destination is worth the trip. Be careful of rattlesnakes you can expect to see them.

Natalie Gaston (167)

4 Completed4 Reviews

Gary Ross (188)

11 Completed1 Reviews

I love this hike. Probably my favorite hike to date in the Phoenix area. It's challenging because from the bottom it just doesn't look as long and as high up as it really is. I really like how you start uphill but then there is sort of a canyon that brings you lower down before it starts uphill again. Gorgeous views from the top! Plan on spending a good three hours for this but well worth it. Can't wait to do it again.

Ashley volpe (159)

14 Completed6 Reviews

Great hike in the pinnacle peak area. I really like it because their are trials off this trail so that if you want to extend your hike you can.

Jake Mather (58)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Starts with a long steady incline on a well groomed trail. At the top there is an opportunity to scale the thumb, but requires free climbing equipment. Great view. Restrooms are available, but no water source. No drinking fountains either. This is a long hike bring three or more liters of water.