Tom's Thumb Trail

MODERATE 470 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
1351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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16 days ago

Beautiful hike.
Amazing view at the top.
More than a "moderate" hike.
Take water! None available even at the trail head.
Nesting Falcons kept us from the very last 50 feet. Sorta cool.
2 hrs 40 minutes up and back.
50 minutes back from the top.
We would recommend this hike!

16 days ago

I felt this trail deserves a rating of difficult simply because the incline was like a 10 pretty much the whole time. Nice challenge and beautiful scenery and wildflowers/cacti sprinkled here and there.

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29 days ago

One of the most well maintained trails around the valley. Initially it looked super easy but it was an illusion. The incline begins in 10 minutes and then continues to go up with many switchbacks. It plateaus a little on the top but by that time, you have got pretty decent work out. I agree with the moderate rating. On your way, you will come across many interesting rock formations. Some reminded me cartoon characters from movies and TV shows! If you have been looking for a non-rocky hike on your path, this would count as one of them!

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1 month ago

Wonderful scenic!! I enjoyed it so much!!

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1 month ago

Follow the signs to get to the trail head. Apparently they put a gated community in the way so following the gps won't help you. Great hike with lots of picture spots. The top is closed off right now due to Hawks nesting but still can get pretty close to top.

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Toms Thumb is a great workout as you have great elevation gain from the beginning. A nice amount of switchbacks to keep your legs burning. The view from Toms Thumb is nice. On this hike I decided to continue on to the Lookout trail which gives you great views of the valley especially Thompson Peak and the Four Peaks.