Tom's Thumb Trail South is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.
dogs on leash
Took my daughter and buddies, forgot how hard this trail is and went with a liter of water and everyone in group ran out of water. Luckily it was a beautiful day and temperatures didn't climb up. Lot of loose rocks and need shoes better than running for sure. You will keep hitting false summits and finally will summit. Also carry the map and it will keep saying Toms thumb or gateway loop and you will increase more miles. Carry at least 2 ltrs of water, start early to avoid sun, carry sunscreen, hats and snacks, you will be in open for long time for sure
pretty decent incline. slippery gravel in parts. need hikers boots or shoes.
GREAT HIKE! Super challenging and fun! The trek up to Tom's Thumb is worth the view and I recommended taking a detour to the Lookout before heading back down the trail. Views from the Lookout trail are gorgeous too!
Can't beat this for hiking so nearby in Scottsdale. One of my favorites. If you want to "half" the hike, use two cars, one at Gateway trailhead and one at Toms Thumb trailhead.
Love this hike! We have done it more than a few times! I like the climb and the small valley once your up! The "Thumb" is pretty cool to, love the lookout!