Gateway and Tom's Thumb Loop Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona 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!
Another fun one to do in the evening.
I was really excited to go on this trail because I saw it was rated five stars and that it would be a long hike. It is definitely a long hike but not a hard hike. This is more of just a trail. This trail loops you around the mountain. There are no rocks to climb or boulders to go over, just a trail. There are points where you go up and down but it is a slight incline/decline. This path has loose rock that you are stepping on the whole entire time so you have to be careful of where you step. I suggest if you do this loop you turn to the left and go around that way. Also bring plenty of water. This hike took me about 2 hours and I had a steady pace going. This would be a great hike to go on with a friend.
It's a hard one for sure, wear stable footwear for the loose rocks, no doubt one could twist their ankle something fierce near the beginning. Don't forget water either -- two liters was not enough on a 65 Degree day.
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.