Tom's Thumb Trail

Scottsdale, AZ
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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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13 Completed 1 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

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15 Completed 1 Reviews

Good climb in elevation. Great view of Four Peaks area. Trail a little loose on the way down. Wear shoes with some bite. I found my trekking poles to be a life saver on this hike.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Tons of great trails, pretty level and good footing the whole way. Great scenery. No water at trailhead or any of the trails .

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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Tis was an unreal hike and bike... It's a b$;);h to get up but about 3/4 rideable going up, all worth it on the way down!!

Main trail head, main trail... IT'S WORTH IT!!

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8 Completed 8 Reviews

Excellent views, interesting rock formations! We'll definitely be back.
A few tips:
Make sure your water bottles are full before arriving. There are bathrooms at the trailhead but NO water.
If your map app says to turn off Happy Valley at Alameda (or anywhere other than Ranch Gate Rd.), ignore it! Otherwise you will end up in a neighborhood with no vehicular access to the trailhead AND no place to park. Stay on Happy Valley to Ranch gate Rd., then turn right, and right again on128th St., which goes right into the trailhead parking lot.
The trail is a little steep most of the way, especially when coming down. Trail surface is mostly loose dirt, and/or very fine gravel, over packed dirt so make sure you have footwear with really good traction! Trekking poles might also be helpful just in terms of preventing a slip and fall. My coordination and shoes were good but I still almost wiped out a few times on the way down.
Definitely worth the drive from anywhere in the Valley, and worth the moderately strenuous exercise. A real keeper!

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141 Completed 8 Reviews

Beautiful trail! As others have stated, the trailhead is nice (big parking lot, restrooms, huge shade structure) and things get even better from there. The trail is very well maintained and in all but a few short spots, it's wide enough for passing. The views are incredible -- especially on a clear day -- and the rock formations along the way to the Thumb are amazing. With a little imagination, you'll see a frog, a beaver, a heart, a cartoon dog (sort of like Snoopy) and many other formations! The trail is rated difficult but the ascent is, for the most part, quite gradual with only a few very short, steeper sections. One person in our group hadn't hike in years and had no trouble at all. A definite must-hike trail!

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23 Completed 20 Reviews

Beautiful scenery. Early morning it is not so busy around 8am, by noon there are a lot of people. If you are a basic climber then you have a couple of areas that you can climb without gear. challenging from the base to the top. Morning time will get cold because you are hiking in the shadows.

Found the orge cave on the 2nd trip. Bring something to leave behind.

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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Well, the City of Scottsdale saves no expense constructing its trailheads. I must say, this one is a bit over the top. Great trail, however. Magnificent granite outcrops and sculptures. After going up to The Thumb it is definitely worth walking out to The Lookout.

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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Definitely my favorite hikes in the McDowell Sonoran Mountains. I just love this hike. Really nice in the morning. Beautiful landscapes and the reward view at the top is awesome. Must do!!

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Pretty fun trail. Not a high populated trail thats what I love about it. Good views of 4 peaks and fountain hills. Not too hard of a hike just don't do it if the weather is sunny or above 100 degrees.

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