Tom's Thumb Trail

MODERATE 496 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

3 days ago

Dramatic beauty of a desert hike! It's quiet and tranquil, rather steep if not brutally long. But if you want more, you can keep going for a full 8 miles all the way down to Gateway Park. Tom's Thumb offers a great workout, great scenery, and is my favorite hike in the greater Phoenix area.

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6 days ago

Well marked, gradual thanks to switchbacks, even on a 110 degrees day in Scottsdale, it was pleasantly breezy at the top.
And when you get back to the parking lot after an hour and a half hike, that first sip of IPA is heaven. You deserved it.

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29 days ago

Excellent climb to the top for some rewarding views. Must do when visiting Scottsdale. Take plenty of water and expect a few steep areas. Enjoy the hike!!

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1 month ago

A good trail close to the city. Beautiful views at the top, but the trail is hard to follow toward the end.

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1 month ago

One of my favorites in the Phoenix area, beautiful scenery. Good workout too! Have seen rattlesnakes and tarantulas on this trail too....toilets at trailhead but no running water.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Little more difficult than stated. Take plenty of water and a snack. Can get real hot.

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2 months 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!

2 months 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.