Tom's Thumb Trail

#2 of 205 trails in Tonto National Forest
Tom's Thumb Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

3.7 miles 1141 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash hiking views wild flowers wildlife
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Alexandra Bugheanu

17 Completed0 Reviews

Great views

Beeb Scott

26 Completed4 Reviews

I tried to go here last week and the gate was closed to get through, does anyone know the deal with that?

Kim Warren

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great views. Beautiful blue skies.

Craig Fleischer

1 Completed1 Reviews

Very nice hike with great views all the way up!! Great leg workout!!!

Sean McKercher

3 Completed4 Reviews

Nice trail. Well marked and well worn. The first mile and a half has some pretty steep switchback climbs but don't give up as it levels out fairly nicely after that and the views are great. Can see in all directions including all the way to Fountain Hills.

Christine Mahon

22 Completed13 Reviews

Moderate to difficult for me because I hadn't done any serious hiking in a while. The switchbacks the first mile or so were steep but views amazing. Not many a lot of room to stop and rest along the way so you gotta keep going because the weekend crowds are behind you. (Reason for 4 stars) Great views, great work out, will do it again.

Robert Cross

5 Completed5 Reviews

Nice morning hike. Good to on for another half mile past the Thumb to the lookout over Scottsdale. Great 360 views of the area.

Loraleigh D

9 Completed6 Reviews

I have done this trail twice - once from the Tom's trail head and more recently from the Gateway Loop. Make sure you do the trail from both 'sides' and each offers a different experience. We did this as a group and the gain was challenging from the Gateway side over. It also started raining so it was interesting to see the desert explode with color as we descended the trail. A few slippery moments.

Bobby Stolp

1 Completed1 Reviews

Excellent view! Some steep switchbacks spaced throughout the trail. I was able to hike it with a healing twisted ankle so I took my time and stopped many times along the hike. Just as it seemed like the steep switchbacks were making it unbearable the trail would go into a nice flatter section allowing your legs to recoup. If it's your first time just be patient and stay with it. It's worth the view.

Hunter Day

1 Completed1 Reviews