Tom's Thumb Trail

#1 of 105 trails in Tonto National Forest
Tom's Thumb Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked 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.

4.3 miles 1204 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash hiking views wild flowers wildlife
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Meg Atron
2 days ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Excellent hike. Very cool rock formations at the top. The scenery is well worth the hike to get there. I would rate the difficulty as 3.75/5, but you can take it slow if you want to make it easier. There are some steep sections in the middle that require some decent cardio endurance. I am an experienced hiker and very fit.

Andrew Karlen
5 days ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Amy Dahl
15 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Stephanie Randolph
23 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun morning hike! I would rate it as Moderate. The beginning and end are pretty easy..the middle section is all uphill. Took about 2 hours to get up and back down. Great for a little cardio.

Brenna Chavez
25 days ago

7 Completed8 Reviews

I loved this! Beautiful preserve with amazing scenery. Bathrooms available. Fairly easy, about 2 miles to Toms Thumb and 2 miles back.

Sophie Hargreaves
27 days ago

9 Completed7 Reviews

Amazing hike! My favorite in Phoenix so far! First third is easy, second its hard, third is moderate. To get to the actual Tom's Thumb rock requires you going through some caves, which is a lot of fun and well worth it!

Shawna Papsin
29 days ago

5 Completed6 Reviews

I've done this hike 2 times now and love it. Not too challenging but not too simple. Great work out! So worth the views.

Jonathan Glica
1 month ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

I love this trail! Beautiful scenery in every direction. Great views of Four Peaks, and Fountain Hills. If your timing is good you can see the fountain going off in Fountain Hills, from the trail saddle. This is a fun trail that offers a great workout, and stunning vistas in every direction.

1 month ago

10 Completed13 Reviews

Great hike for training with a heavy pack

T Swany
1 month ago

3 Completed3 Reviews


Kimberly Widmann
1 month ago

2 Completed3 Reviews

Patrick M.
1 month ago

I had a blast! As soon as I arrived I volunteer at the trailhead pointed out where the maps were and told me a little bit about the trail and what to expect with varying degrees of grade and approximately where those areas were on the trail. She reminded me they had no water on site I advised her I had brought an adequate amount she was very helpful and friendly. I quickly used the restroom that's there on site went out hit the trail and was amazed at the spectacular views that Tom's Thumb Trail had to offer. I would definitely do this Trail again in a heartbeat.......... well at least after my heart rate gets back to normal from this strenuous but well worth it hike!

Steven Schravesande
1 month ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Good hike: slow rise first 1/2 mile than switch backs with several up/down for next mike, 1/2 mile of ridge line than 1/3 mile straight up to Thumb

david hoffer
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes in the Scottsdale area. Not heavily trafficked and great views on the way up. Falcons are apparently nesting at the top so keep your voices down.

Cindy Metz
1 month ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Valley and in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It gets the heart pumping and there are beautiful views in all directions. Look for all the interesting rock formations along the way, and maybe find the location of two caves hidden in the rocks. You can go to the Thumb or use this trail to make a great 10 mile loop for Grand Canyon training.

Misty Medina
1 month ago

20 Completed9 Reviews

Taylor Runck
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

An intense, but great hike. I could not get over the beautiful view!

Sonya Rose
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful trail

Tamira Allen
1 month ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Travis Lambert
1 month ago

12 Completed13 Reviews

This is my favorite hike in the area, the one I take everyone to their first time hiking. Affords some of the most beautiful views around. Not sure why the difficulty is rated as hard. It's not easy, but neither should I say it's hard.