Tom's Thumb Trail

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Tom's Thumb Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 1236 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

7 days ago

Steep uphill hike for the first half and great view at the top!

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7 days ago

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18 days ago

I have hiked this trail twice now. It is very fun and challenging. The giant rock (Tom's Thumb) at the end is a great reward and fun to adventure around. Both times I started this hike at 530 and was fortunate to watch the sunrise will hiking. Very well maintained hiking location with clean restrooms.

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24 days ago

Reminded me of Bedrock from the Flinstones. Nice hike and found a huge flat boulder to take a break on and look out over the city. Can get a little crowded. Would be a nice evening hike.

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28 days ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months 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.

2 months ago

It was freaking crazy man

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3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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

3 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.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

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.