Tom's Thumb Trail North Side Loop Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Tom's Thumb Trail North Side Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

3.9 miles 1315 feet Loop



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Tom's Thumb, North Side is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Best cross streets to use are Dynamite and 128th St. Tom's Thumb is the prominent granite bump in the McDowell Mountain preserve. Easily visible from the Scottsdale area, Tom's Thumb Trail from the north side provides some great views of Phoenix as well as looking out toward Four Peaks and Weavers Needle. The trail is very well manicured, and will be nice hiking except for some steep elevation gains. Following the Tom's Thumb Trail you pass many other trails that go off to climbing areas that I saw several people using so consider those as well if you like to climb. You can also climb Tom's Thumb itself when you get to the top. My trail brought me around in a big loop but having done it I would recommend you do an up-and-back as my return trail was NOT maintained and even steeper and full of loose rock.

12 days ago

fun ramble. good views from the top.

20 days ago

Starts easy but u are sure in for a climb. Thank you to the Dc boys that helped me on the way back.

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4 years ago

A good strong ascent to the top of a very recognizable landmark in the Phoenix valley.