dogs on leash
Intense trail to hike. Steep in some places, but an easy trail overall. A great cardio workout. The rock formations are beautiful. Jogged a little on the way down, but some of the rock is slippery. Lots of parking available. Very popular as there were plenty of people out there.
C N. on Tom's Thumb Trail South
Can't beat this for hiking so nearby in Scottsdale. One of my favorites. If you want to "half" the hike, use two cars, one at Gateway trailhead and one at Toms Thumb trailhead.
It's a great trail! Some part is a little challenging due to the steep going up. If you are into rock climbing, it's going to be a great place. I like taking photos, and this place is perfect for photography, these giant rocks, the city landscape, and the cactus are all available for composition! I have some photos on my instagram pengchen.photos
Rich B. on Gateway Loop Trail
Nice trail, good views, correctly rated as moderate.
The loose rocks along the entire trail create a hazard that requires attention to your next step.
My brother and I decided to do the East trail that offers more switch backs and has a quicker elevation change. We come from the Pacific Northwest where are trails harder to see due to over growth and can be quite treacherous with the changing weather so being able to hike in Arizona is a pure joy. Great views, minimal traffic yet friendly, distinct trail with Cactus everywhere. Will be back to explore more!
We actually did the Sunrise Trail East which we accessed the trailhead at 136th and Via Linda. It was a great morning hike, got the legs fired up as well as the heart rate, however I would still rate it as moderate. Finished this hike in less than 2 hours, as it was a 4mile out and back trail. Over 1000ft elevation with beautiful views at the top. Completed this trail with my husband and 18 year old daughter and her friend. Would definitely do this trail again.