Tom's Thumb Trail to Lookout

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Tom's Thumb Trail to Lookout is a 4.9 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 best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

hiking
4 months ago

A really nice trailhead and most of the trail is sand/gravel, which can be slippery coming down. I wore Brooks Cascadia trail running shoes and didn’t slip once. The trail starts off with a slight upward climb, but then gets pretty steep a half mile in. It’s not as steep at the higher elevations. The trail to The Lookout was more rocky and narrow. I saw only one other person. Great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice alternative/addition to Tom's Thumb. You share majority of trail with Tom's Thumb so it's busy, but a lot less crowed at the lookout and a great view.

5 months ago

The toughest stretch is right at the beginning with about 1,000 feet of gain in a little more than a mile. From the start, though, the views are rewarding. There’s a cool cut through a little canyon where you’re surrounded by boulders worn smooth over millions of years. I actually liked the vistas from The Lookout better than what you find at Camelback. We made the top around 10 a.m. and were all by ourselves.

hiking
6 months ago

Once you've visited the Thumb, you have to make a side-trip to the Lookout!
It's only a little further and not quite so crowded. It's not very hard.
The views are quite nice from this vantage point. You can look down upon Windgate Pass and survey other peaks in the area, such as Drinkwater and Thompson Peaks. Very scenic!

We started this trail mid-morning and glad we did! The trail is exposed, except for patches of shade along the northeast facing switchbacks at the beginning of this trail. The trail travels up and down the granite boulder, mountain ridge toward Tom’s Thumb monolith. We had our lunch break in the cool boulder cave just before Tom’s Thumb. Continuing on the Lookout Trail, we were in awe to see the east side views, towards Fountain Hills with the fountain spouting from the park lake and Weaver’s Needle rock in the far distance. The Scottsdale airport, PGA golf course and Pinnacle Peak were obvious landmarks on the west side view. At the end of the Lookout Point Trail were beautiful painted rocks and boulders which you can admire the many colorful layers of rock and desert varnish. The downward hike can be a challenge with some loose gravel in some areas near the switchbacks. By the time we reached the trailhead as the temperature got hotter mid afternoon and being out in the sun for this four hour hike, I finished two liters of water!
Free parking. Multi stalled outhouse at the trailhead, no running water. Lots of information at the trailhead shelter.

hiking
10 months ago

Love this view!

hiking
10 months ago

This was a fun, fairly basic trail. A little bit of an incline on the beginning switchbacks but not bad. Much of the trail is loose gravel. We arrived before the gates opened but glad we did as we came back and the lots were pretty full.

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