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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Jarrad Griffith (448)

19 Completed10 Reviews

uphill and nice view once you get towards the top but not one of my favorites

Kenneth Kirsner (58)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike, even if it is warm it is on the north side so if you start early you get some shade. Great views, great elevation gain. A nice little side out to the lookout is also nice.

Max Nixer (848)

16 Completed7 Reviews

Beautiful hike with lots of views. Very well marked trail and maintained. Wish the people who go there did not dump their left-overs. Would recommend some literature on LNT distributed there.

Steven Spritzer (208)

11 Completed1 Reviews

This hike was awesome! A little harder than I thought it was going to be. Very steep in the beginning. But overall a very fun hike with beautiful views.

Katie Thieman (264)

6 Completed5 Reviews

This was a fantastic hike! From the trail head parking lot to Tom's Thumb (the trail we took anyways) is about 2 miles, we also made a pit stop at the lookout point. So our trip was around 4 miles out and back, not the 6 this page says. But still fantastic! But let me tell you that first half of the climb kicks your butt! We had to make multiple stops to catch our breath and for water. We are all regular hikers and all of us thought this first part of the hike is hard. But don't give up! Once you get past the first steep out and back section it is much easier and the views are definitely worth it! My favorite hike I've done in AZ so far! I'll definitely be back! Oh, and bring a lot of water because there isn't any at the trail head and I went through the whole 2L that I brought. I also recommend going early in the morning to take advantage of the beginning (hard) part of the trail being in the shade.

Elissa Haynes (215)

5 Completed1 Reviews

CCR Dad (484)

11 Completed6 Reviews

Still my favorite hike, enough out of the way there is not a lot of people. there are trails at the bottom that are easy and if you want to climb to the top the trail is a good hike, very scenic with several ridges to top that will break up the incline and give your legs a break. There are bathrooms at the bottom and the big rocks especially at the top are very cool.

Heidi Morero (43)

6 Completed1 Reviews

This was an awesome trail, loved all the rock formations. It was a little tough for me and I consider myself an average hiker. It's a pretty steep climb and the top portion is a little difficult, not well defined trail in some spots but the climb to the top is worth it. The views are fantastic, even saw Fthe Fountain in Fountain Hills. I would recommend going in cooler weather.

Mohit Jain (78)

7 Completed1 Reviews

A must do hike in phoenix. Completed one way to Tom's Thumb in about an hour and 10 minutes with a slow to medium pace with few stops. First one hour is mostly incline, once we got up the mountain it was beautiful out there and completely worth it. The incline is not difficult at all, just don't rush yourself, enjoy the views and keep moving. Coming back down it took us much less time. Completely worth it. Beautiful views and a good work out.

Natalie Goode (90)

13 Completed1 Reviews

Don't follow the linked directions! It takes you to a gated neighborhood. Make sure to stay on Happy Valley, take a right on Ranch Gate Rd, then another right on 128th, and the trailhead is an easy find (lots of signs pointing you the right way too).
Great views, not too crowded if you go early but it can definitely get busy later in the day.
Im not sure if the distance on here is accurate because the trail signs totaled a little over 4 miles, but I used an app to track my hike and it was about 5 1/2