Tom's Thumb Trail North Side Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 best used from March until October.
Tom's Thumb, North Side is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Best cross streets to use are Dynamite and 128th St. Tom's Thumb is the prominent granite bump in the McDowell Mountain preserve. Easily visible from the Scottsdale area, Tom's Thumb Trail from the north side provides some great views of Phoenix as well as looking out toward Four Peaks and Weavers Needle. The trail is very well manicured, and will be nice hiking except for some steep elevation gains. Following the Tom's Thumb Trail you pass many other trails that go off to climbing areas that I saw several people using so consider those as well if you like to climb. You can also climb Tom's Thumb itself when you get to the top. My trail brought me around in a big loop but having done it I would recommend you do an up-and-back as my return trail was NOT maintained and even steeper and full of loose rock.
This is a good, but rough, hike. Completely worth it, but get ready to work for the reward. It starts out flat, but then you quickly start to ascend to the top. A series of switch-backs and uphill steps that don't really let up until you get to the top. But once you get there it suddenly seems worth it. The views are stunning, and the natural formation of the rocks is amazing. We did the hike mid-week and only saw about 15 people the whole hike. The parking lot is big and there are large restrooms at the information center. Be sure to bring plenty of water!
Tough incline, never lets up until close to the top. Heavily traveled so early is better, view form the top is well worth it. Once you get to the top many don't know but there is a small hole where rocks have fallen, crawl inside and you will pop out on a cliff with an amazing view and have sitting room for two to three, i
fun ramble. good views from the top.
Starts easy but u are sure in for a climb. Thank you to the Dc boys that helped me on the way back.
A good strong ascent to the top of a very recognizable landmark in the Phoenix valley.