Tom's Thumb Trail

MODERATE 130 reviews
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Tom's Thumb Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles 1204 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife


4 days ago

This was a fun hike. Some inclines, but nothing real difficult. Took a little less than 2 hours to complete. Nice morning hike


24 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery and saw some critters. Took 2 hours round trip


1 month ago

hiking

Tom's Thumb trail is well marked and well maintained. At almost 5 miles out and back it is not as difficult a climb as I anticipated. Switchbacks galore and because the trail is smooth, running up or down is not a problem. Lookout point is just a short hop from Tom's Thumb and worth the visit, too. Overall a great hike and beautiful scenery.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

Great inclines! Amazing views. Moderate to difficult. Bring lots of water!


1 month ago

Great hike and view. Not well marked for starting your descent down so remember how you reached the top during the last 100 yards. A lot of growth so finding the trail to start down challenging.


1 month ago

It was freaking crazy man


2 months ago

hiking

This is a great 4 mile round trip out-and-back hike for those who like a drastic elevation change. It took me about 45 minutes to get to the top. I would recommend this to a somewhat experienced hiker.


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking

First time doing this trail and I loved it. There were numerous switchbacks and it feels a lot more lengthy than it actually is, but totally worth it! I'm excited to do this one again really early so I can see the sunrise.


2 months ago

hiking

This hike is awesome! A ton of switch backs with a steep incline. The views at the top are very rewarding especially exploring the interesting boulders. This hike can be a little strenuous during the switch backs bring a ton of water! Very interesting area to hike in Phoenix


2 months ago

Tom's thumb is an amazing trail! A great morning hike with fantastic views. Not too strenuous, but there is some elevation gain and switchbacks. There is some shade from the large rocks. Get there early to avoid crowds. I would definitely do this one again.


2 months ago


3 months ago

hiking

Excellent hike. Very cool rock formations at the top. The scenery is well worth the hike to get there. I would rate the difficulty as 3.75/5, but you can take it slow if you want to make it easier. There are some steep sections in the middle that require some decent cardio endurance.


3 months ago

hiking


3 months ago


3 months ago

hiking

Fun morning hike! I would rate it as Moderate. The beginning and end are pretty easy..the middle section is all uphill. Took about 2 hours to get up and back down. Great for a little cardio.


3 months ago

I loved this! Beautiful preserve with amazing scenery. Bathrooms available. Fairly easy, about 2 miles to Toms Thumb and 2 miles back.


3 months ago

hiking

Amazing hike! My favorite in Phoenix so far! First third is easy, second its hard, third is moderate. To get to the actual Tom's Thumb rock requires you going through some caves, which is a lot of fun and well worth it!


3 months ago

hiking

I've done this hike 2 times now and love it. Not too challenging but not too simple. Great work out! So worth the views.