Tom's Thumb

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Tom's Thumb

Hike + Ride Trail

Tom's Thumb

Location:  Scottsdale, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8589    Latitude:  33.6495
5.0 Mile loop from trailhead up to Tom's Thumb with 360* views of McDowell Mountain range, Four Peaks, and Phoenix Valley
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
The trail starts out meandering through the Sonoran desert. Watch for the city of Scottsdale's counter and avoid walking in front of it. Fight the establishment!

The first 1.5 miles goes straight up the mountain and can be moderate in difficulty. Once you crest the most difficult portion of the climb there are great views straight across to Tom's Thumb and surrounding boulder formations. The next mile goes easily down and up until you reach Tom's Thumb. There are several different trails that intersect with Tom's Thumb trail, but each intersection is clearly marked with signage and mileage.

About 800 feet of elevation change and 1300 of accrued elevation change.
Trail Distance:  5 miles round-trip
Elevation:  2700ft - 3800ft   (change 1100ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  September to April
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  WaterFrom Scottsdale take Pima Road north to Happy Valley Road. Turn right on Happy Valley and take that East for about 3 miles until you see brown signs for Sonoran Preserve parking. The signs will direct you to turn right onto 128th or so and the road winds down until their is a gate for a community to the right and the pavement ends. Proceed onto the unpaved road for about 1.5 miles and signage will direct you West towards the trailhead. At then time of my hike, 12/10, The city of Scottsdale was developing the area with a visitor's center and parking infastructure. I followed the parking signs over rough, unpaved road to the temporary parking area and found the trailhead just northeast of the parking area. I'm sure once Scottsdale completes their development, the trail and parking will be easier to find.Good dirt road, off-road vehicle not needed.
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