Tom's Thumb Trailhead, Scottsdale

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  • This is one of the must hikes in the Phoenix area. If you want to miss the crowds at Camels Back or Squaw Peak come do this hike. You can also do this hike from the back of the mountain by starting at...  more »
  • Excellent hike to a neat rock formation with a great view of the surrounding area. The hike is pretty steep in parts so be ready for a workout. Be careful coming down, as the gravel in some of the ste...  more »
  • This hike took us about 2 hours up and 50 minutes down. It is a little steep in the first half and you are rewarded with great views. This hike was a highlight of our trip and I’d recommend to anyone....  more »
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  • Good local trail for easy hiking and rock climbing. Trails are well marked and well manicured. Good trails for mountain biking as well.Facilities are well maintained, and there is plenty of parking even on weekends. The views from the top are very good. One can see Fountain Hills' fountain when it is on.
  • This one of the best desert running trails, I took my two year old son; he didn't make it far... I see him having a great time in a few years. The first 1.5 miles are a little rough, but super fun. It levels off to more of a moderate hike beyond the first mile. I would rate this as hard to moderate.
  • I don't understand why it is called Tom's Thumb. The rock formation doesn't look like a thumb, but that's just me. The area is fantastic for walking, hiking, and climbing. The views are amazing and the area is very peaceful. The trailhead has greatly improved over the last decade and is now much easier to travel to. Just be mindful that the Preserve is only open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs must also be on a leash at all times. Also, drones and model aircraft are not allowed and professional photographers face restrictions.
  • One of the nicest trailheads I've seen since moving to the area a year ago. The road and parking lot are fully paved which is something to be aware of of you are hiking a trail for the first time. Ad others have mentioned, there are nice bathrooms and trail maps available. This is an excellent place for trail runners and beginner hikers. Tom's Thumb trail is very nicely maintained and had signs to help you stay in the trail. Signs directing hikers to scenic overlooks are also helpful. The hike up, while steep in some places, is never scary. If you like peace and quiet, plan to arrive as early as possible on the weekend or go during the week. Because this is an easy trail and is readily accessible, it can get busy.
  • Free. I rate it moderately difficult. Beautiful scenery. Take lots of water and good hiking boots. Round trip to Tom's Thumb is 9.5 miles and took us 2 1/2 hours. There is multiple other trails to choose from that are shorter and easier. On a 0-10 difficulty rating I would rate it a 7. The trail is very well maintained and is very well marked so you can't get lost.
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