Tom's Thumb Trailhead, Scottsdale

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  • We went right away in the morning, always check for when they are going to open for the day! It was beautiful and has rained a lot lately so the greenery was beautiful, it is a hike, not hard but...  more »
  • I like the greenery and flowers at some of the other hiking spots better than this place, but the trails through the rocks can’t be beat. Wonderful hiking with great views close to the rocks.  more »
  • Outstanding hike. Clean views. Beautiful rock formations everywhere. Nothing looks the same as you weave up and down back and forth. Pretty steep climb but nothing too hard if your in decent shape...  more »
  • Be aware that it is STEEP! While not a "difficult" hike, you should be prepared for the incline. Gorgeous views from multiple view points throughout the hike. We did this early afternoon on a weekend and it was not crowded, we were able to bring both of our dogs without issues.
  • This trail was pretty hard for me. Constant climbing during the first half but then it gets a little easier toward the end. Going down is a little difficult, it's really easy to slip because it's very steep. So make sure you have shoes with good grip. The view is amazing when you get to the top. All around took me about 5 hours with several breaks.
  • Beautiful park and views! Bathrooms were extremely clean and well stocked!! Well worth the drive out there!
  • Great hike with lots of trails to explore. We saw a Gila monster while we were there. It was a really awesome experience. The flowers were beautiful as well. I'm happy I made time to visit while on my trip.
  • Tom’s Thumb is a trail head for about 10 trails, all with different levels of difficulty. FYI, we are in our mid fifties and I consider myself to be in good shape, my wife in pretty good shape. We decided to challenge ourselves and do the “Extremely Difficult” hike to Tom’s Thumb, 2.2 miles each way. It did take us about 2.5 hours but it wasn’t bad at all, very doable for most. Heck we saw some pretty aged people and they chugged along well. I wouldn’t say this is extremely difficult so don’t get worried when you see the sign! Highly recommend the hike, early and on a weekday to minimize “traffic”.

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