Tom's Thumb Trail

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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.

3 days ago

Great hike. Nice bathrooms for a park.

8 days ago

probably one of the prettiest trails in the area. it's usually not too busy and once you get past the difficult part in the First 25 minutes you have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful rock formations in the area as you head towards the summit

hiking
8 days ago

The view at the top is worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

Went with a hiking group of about 15 people and stuck to the back. First mile was a killer but I persevered and got to the Thumb in about an hour and twenty minutes. Loved the views the whole way. Saw a tiki face rock that I had to stop and laugh at. Enjoyed starting 2018 off with a challenging hike. Don’t know if I’d do this again but I’m glad I did! Downhill was looooong but I managed not to slip once! BE CAREFUL! Happy new year!!!

hiking
15 days ago

went a while back on a summer morning. was a tough hike and especially difficult coming down for us. but definitely worth it. the views are fantastic.

hiking
16 days ago

Stunning views and amazing landscape. Well maintained trails. Loose gravel so be careful on the descent. Poles help immensely. Bring a minimum of 2-3 liters of water and snacks.

Beautiful! The rock formations are stunning.
It is steep going up ( about a mile) going up earlier before it gets too hot would be my suggestion. When coming down many people seemed very tired and overheated.

hiking
19 days ago

This is a great trail. It’s hard enough to be be rewarding and quick enough to do in a morning. It’s wonderfully maintained but there is some loose rock and sand in some spots so be aware. Also, there was some broken off pieces of cholla on the trail so watch your feet (and paws).

19 days ago

Great views!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice hike! Great views with nice incline. Summit feels rewarding. Love that you can extend the hike to other trails if you want. Very clear, well maintained path. Busy, really busy. Hiked with dogs. They did great, no paw or cactus issues - biggest complaint is a lot of off leash dogs. There was a lot of that. No fee to park, basic restroom with no water at trailhead.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice trail has some difficult spots and is a very good work out. Does get a bit sandy in some areas making way back a bit tricky. Great views of the area

hiking
20 days ago

Very enjoyable... many friendly people on the trail, and my 6 year old daughter didn't have any trouble with the climb or the trail. Will visit again for sure.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice trail that leads to others. The initial hike up is great if you like to goat up a mountain. Nice views and photo ops.

hiking
22 days ago

Decent hike to the top and well worth the workout in the beginning. Excellent views.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice hike, good views at the top and along the way. A decent workout, but not too challenging.

23 days ago

Great view from the top, and will definitely get your lungs going throughout the hike.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with great views, will definitely get your heart rate going at the start. The initial part of the hike is probably a bit more challenging/steep then people might expect, but hang in there, the second half is a great route.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with amazing views from top

hiking
24 days ago

We completed this hike in less than 3 hours, including a lunch break at the top. Our pace was probably a bit relaxed because we did get passed by quite a few people on the trail. The terrain at the top is really interesting, and the views from up there are great.

hiking
24 days ago

My family and I enjoyed this hike. It has an elevation change as you start the trail. There are several switch backs. I suggest good hiking shoes because of the loose gravel. Also take lots of water as there is little shade.

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