Tom's Thumb Trail

MODERATE 595 reviews
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Tom's Thumb Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Tom's Thumb Trail is a short switchback trail from Tom's Thumb trailhead up to Tom's Thumb spur at the intersection of the Windgate Trail. Hikers are treated to gorgeous views of the southern Mcdowell Mountains and urban Phoenix. The trail is managed by Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. There is no water at the trailhead so bring plenty of liquid to stay hydrated.

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Tons of parking, great views, more gradual elevation gain than Piestawa Peak or Echo Canyon. Roller coaster car ride to trail head. It was very windy at the thumb.

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Great hike to some really cool rock formations. Great views of the valley at the top. Trail is very nice.

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Make sure to pack extra water, absolutely beautiful hike! Very unique. Coming down can be a little rough on the knees and be careful with the lose gravel.

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