Gateway and Tom's Thumb Loop Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until April. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Starting at the 104th St trailhead, head toward the Gateway loop trail. Turn right at the Gateway loop. Next take the Bell pass trail and be prepared for a steep climb. Once you hit Bell pass, breathe a sigh of relief as you head down to the Windgate Trail. Follow the signs taking you back toward the Gateway loop trail. Follow the sign toward the Gateway trailhead, but stay left to follow the signs for the 104th st trailhead. This is about 10.5 miles of solid butt kicking trail. The views are amazing!
Saw a Coral snake on this hike (not a King snake, have the video)! Great hike with varying terrain and views. Did this one in the summer, not the best time at all - take a lot of water and carbs!
Great long distance hiking! Stunning views! Not crowded during the week. A very hard, fun hike.