East End [CLOSED] is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length3.8 miElevation gain1,400 ftRoute typeOut & back
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NOTE: The trail to East End Peak is NOT a designated trail within McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Please do not hike this trail or attempt to access the area.

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Bertrand Kaper
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Hiking

Always very crowded around Tom's thumb. A nice way to enjoy the area without dealing with the crowds. Good workout coming up the East end.

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Chassidy Daly
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Great workout. Pretty easy way finding but easy to pass the trail to East end off of the Tom's Thumb trail. The last 10th of a mile is slippery. I don't usually use poles but was glad that I had them. Exceptional views from the top!

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Sara Paige
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Loved it! Epic views and a nice challenge both up and down.

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Danielle Drake
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Awesome trail; great views!

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Trevor Esplin
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Tj Hue
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East end is definitely a challenging climb lots of shifty rocks steep climbs and jagged razor sharp boulders. With that said it was super challenging and fun and we would’ve done it again

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Ben Duguay
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Fun trail! Wouldn’t do this in hotter months due to overgrowth. Majority of the hike is Tom’s thumb. The turn off for east end is not marked with a sign. After reaching the toms thumb saddle and descending .2 miles the trail is on the left to ascend east end peak. Toms thumb is always busy but east end was not. Steady climb, great cardio!

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Alina Duffey
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Courtney Rowland
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

As other hikers noted this trail is not labeled where you split off from Tom’s thumb. Lots of brush and sharp boulders. Trail was hard to navigate and slippery. The views were beautiful but it wasn’t a fun hike. We looked all over for the box but couldn’t find it.

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B B
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Very well marked until the actual turn off from the 'Tom's Thumb' trail to the left to East End trail (AllTrails helps here!) Trail becomes very narrow, overgrown, steep and technical (especially the last quarter mile) with lots of scree (loose rock). So use caution especially on the way down! AMAZING 360 views at top!

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A G
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Awesome and challenging trail. Have good hiking boots and download the map layer prior to heading out since cell reception can be spotty in certain spots. This trial is an unmarked one off of Tom’s Thumb trail about .5 miles before the Thumb summit. It takes you to East End peak. One confusing thing is that a little way past this unmarked entrance there is a sign for East End trail and it takes you in a completely different direction. I had originally taken that trail, then realized I wasn’t on this AllTrails one so turned back. As for this actual trail, USE CAUTION! There are a ton of loose rocks/gravel just like a lot of Tom’s Thumb trail, but this is steeper and in some parts you have to scramble. Not a lot of people on this trail either so if you’re solo, be extra careful since if you fall, there might not be a person that comes by! There were definitely a few times I thought of turning back since the trail was so technical in some spots...but I pressed on anyway since I’d already gone so far, and I was curious what was at the top. :) The summit is totally awesome, 360 views and a fun little metal box at the top is wedged in between 2 boulders, which I hear has a guest book you can sign. So all-in-all worth it. Knees are a bit sore several hours after the hike and I’m in decent shape and hike regularly. Just know that if you do this trail you may be sore if you’re not used to the steepness and scrambling. Final words of advice: on the descent back to the main Tom’s Thumb trail...go slow, plan every step and stop and strategize your next few steps if need be! Taking your time is better than slipping and sliding or falling into a cactus, of which there are many right on the trail’s sides. I’d say this trail was more advanced than your usual trail. I actually crab-walked or slid down “sitting” in certain spots on the descent since I couldn’t find solid footing. It’s definitely an adventure!!

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Alyssa Marie
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Great trail - compared to Tom’s Thumb, it is much less crowded. We were the only ones on the trail. Steep but very doable. The views are amazing! The log book was tricky to found. Use the all trails map to reach the “end” and then start looking took me forever but worth it!

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Brianna Peardon
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To get to this trail you just hike Tom’s Thumb trailhead 1.6 miles and then veer left. I didn’t find this trail much harder than Tom’s Thumb. A bit steeper in places, yes. Coming down I crouched down a couple times (ripped my pants scooting down. Nice) Views are beautiful!! Didn’t see a single person on this trail or at the top and I was there for prime time on a Sat. **Don’t forget to sign the log at the very top!**

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Brandon Booker
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Great trail!

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Morgan Jo
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Very cool route. It is super busy on Tom's Thumb trail, and this is a nice respite from the crowds. Great 360 views up top. Turnoff from the main trail is easy to miss, and once you make it is quite steep and scrambly. We are avid hikers and found it totally manageable but it could be tough if you arent used to loose terrain.

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John Bell
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Steep up fast run down

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Ryan Courtright
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Zachary Cylinder
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Holy cow this is tough but worth it. The trail is to the left before you get to the Tom Thumbs saddle. I used the AllTrails map to track my direction and it was very accurate. Probably took me 50 minutes from turning off the Toms Thunb trail to climb it and get back down. It is very steep. Poles are recommended as there is loose gravel throughout. Large rocks are part of the trail and you may go off it, but you should be able to make your way back on.thorn bushes and cacti get in the way of the trail at points just be alert. Once at the top the views are tremendous. You see Toms Thumb from above and the full McDowell range.

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Sophia Lou
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Hiking

This trail starts about 3/4 of the way up to Tom’s Thumb and the trail is easy to miss, so pay attention to the map and your surroundings when you know you’re close. Very slippery & steep climb up to the top of the peak - it was super helpful to have someone with me to both push me up and help me in some parts of the way down. The views at the top are well worth it, and it feels like you’re in a completely secluded world up there. Absolutely beautiful and lots of boulders to climb up and sit on. Took a little over two hours up and back but added on some extra mileage & stopped at the top for a while. Highly recommend if you’re up for some adventure.

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Luis Martinez
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Bryan Haake
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This is the highest point of the McDowells so it’s got BEAUTIFUL views of Tom’s Thumb and the rest of the mountain range. Ranger then told us afterward that this is a winter trail and that no one should be hiking it right now because it’s overgrown and a bunch of rattlesnakes

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Linda Jean Fenner
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8-4-20 AMAZING VIEWS at The Top...You’ll work for it!!! Don’t forget to sign the journal :)

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