Tom's Thumb Trail to Lookout

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Tom's Thumb Trail to Lookout is a 4.9 mile moderately 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
1374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

hiking
18 days 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
4 months ago

Love this view!

hiking
4 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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8 months ago

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