Explore to do - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

to do Map
VIEW FULL MAP

Great hike with beautiful views! Would definitely do this trail again!

Very nice hike with beautiful views!

Such a beautiful hike with amazing views. I give it “two thumbs up”.

hiking
2 days ago

Family of five with three kids in elementary school had a blast on this hike. First mile is mostly up but then flattens out for second mile to Tom’s Thumb. Beautiful views and a well-maintained trail get two thumbs up ;)

Actually burros visited.

Loved this trail. It is on the easy side of moderate, but this trail is not easy. There is some good elevation changes and some excellent scenery. The lower parts of the trail are pretty easy, but the later parts near the summit are where it because more difficult. Definitely worth checking out.

Great Hike. Well maintained trail all the way up. The steward at the top was very friendly and provide good info about the area. Took the dog with and had to keep him on the leash the whole time due to high traffic and previous reviews of snakes being more active near the trail.

Beautiful hike just an hour out of Phoenix. Uphill the entire way out, but it’s a well kept, smooth, dirt trail, so not too strenuous. Some steep cross-backs. No trees, so being water if it’s warm! Hiking among the pebbles of giants.

hiking
9 days ago

Decent sized parking lot. The center at the trailhead does not have water, but they have restrooms.
The first 1.2ish miles of the hike are a good leg workout (pretty uphill) but the rest isn’t bad.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Excellent views of the valley. Bring plenty of water. No water at trailhead.
Def worth the climb. Fair description of trail.

Can’t give a completely accurate review as we were in a rush to catch a fight so I only had about 45 min on trail. But nice steady incline, path rocky but manageable. Nice views. Wish I could have finished the whole trail!

Great trail. Moderate is perfect description. Summited right before sunset and while it was beautiful we really had to hoof it back down to beat the night setting in. So last mile was pretty dark. Would do again at sunset but descend on one of the western-facing trails.

Hiked this last Sunday 4/8. Great hike, but you MUST bring water especially if you start after 10 am and it's projected to be over 85 degrees out! Very uphill.

hiking
12 days ago

Loved it!!

First time mountain biking. Used this trail to break in new bike. For beginners, its a great trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome hike! My favorite valley hike!

Lovely views. But, start early and bring plenty of water!

Amazing view at sunset, not just sunrise. On easier side for a moderate trail, short and sweet with a great payoff at the top!

hiking
19 days ago

As a person who is not in excellent shape I found the first mile and a half a bit challenging. It reminded me alot of climbing Black Mountain in Cave Creek. It is a slow but steady climb. Once I was past the 1.5 mile mark I found the climb easier . Maybe that’s because I was distracted by the scenery and the many wonderful vantage points. The path is very wide and easy to follow. Indications along the way were clear. I truly enjoyed this trail and will hike it again.

Did the accent to the summit this morning.at 5:35am. Parking lot does not open till roughly 30 minutes before sunrise, however we were lucky that the overflow lot was not gated when we arrived. The climb was moderately easy with the last .8 miles of steep incline to the summit. The views of the sunrise were breathtaking and would be willing to do it again. Crowds were light and plan on a 45 minute climb at a good steady pace.

Great hike! Heavily trafficked - get out early! Beautiful views - yucca in bloom- saw two rattle snakes - be cautious as the snakes are starting to appear !! Good variety of terrain - Highly recommend !!

Living in Carefree I have logged 5000 miles on my dirt bike on every motor vehicle trail up here and hiked quite a bit. This hike is better from the parking lot under the power lines just before Sears Kay Ruins. You can hike many of the horse trails on the hills or the blue wash trail. I prefer the up and down single track trails better than the sandy washes. If you do come from Camp Creek Wash on Bartlett Dam road you need to stay right once you get towards the end. Another poster made the easy to follow left that took them to the green water coming out of the ground area which is West of Camp Creek. You know your going the wrong way when you see the green rusty poles and foundations used to keep jeeps out of the trail. Plus its very sandy, the camp creek wash has more rocks. The waterfall flows pretty much year round and you can climb past it and hike along the creek if you want. But at some point you need to turn back or you will hit Sears Kay Ranch which is private property.

One of the few hikes close to phoenix that has running creek and water.

My favorite hike in the valley, good climb, great work out. You can connect to several other trails to make it much longer if you want. The back side and the East End trail have a lot less traffic. Unbelievable views!

Beautiful!! And great views .We did the hike with our 3 kids- ages 11,7,7. It was a bit challenging for the younger 2, but they were happy they did it. Bring water to the trail head. We did see a rattlesnake at the end.

This is nothing but a workout trail for suburban white people. I walked in anticipating nature and good views but walked out three notches higher on the budding Scottsdale social ladder.

Wow that was hard

This has been my favorite trail so far. We took our boys, 10 and13. My 10 year old complained quite a bit in the beginning (inclines were hard for his little legs), but he made it and was so happy to see Tom's Thumb! This is an absolutely gorgeous trail. Just make sure you have shoes with good traction for the way down. Dirt trail, so there are lots of spots for sliding. This is a must do.

hiking
23 days ago

Scenic and nice variation to trail.

Great trail but today there was hissing and rattle snakes. Be careful out there .

Easy to stay on trail. Can get pretty crowded so I suggest going very early in the morning if you do not like crowds. It says 3.7 but we actually clocked about 4.6 to get all the way to the peak. Great views on the way and at the top

Load More