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Tom's Thumb Trailhead, Scottsdale

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TripAdvisor
  • Easy to find on map, bathrooms at beginning of trail, well defined trail. Two miles up or can continue to on to other trails. Turn around at any time. Not a loop.  more »
  • This is steep hike, be sure to wear proper footwear and bring plenty of water. The descend is more difficult for someone with knee problem like me.  more »
  • Our group of 4 adults and a 10 and 12 year old hiked Pinnacle Peak, Camelback, and YTom's Thumb. Tom Thumb was our favorite of the three. Only complaint is no water fountains at the trailhead shelter.  more »
Google
  • Beautiful Hike! Took 1 hour to reach the top going at a leisurely pace, and according to my GPS was 2.23 miles to the top, 4.5 miles round trip. The trail is well maintained and there is little if any boulder hopping. However, the trail does have a lot of loose gravel that can cause you to slip on many of the steep inclines. The gain in elevation of about 1200 ft in 2.23 miles and therefore can be an strenuous workout. View at the top and the scenery throughout the hike was breathtaking. Enjoy!
  • I took about a five mile round trip hike on Tom's Thumb Trail directly to Tom's Thumb, a landmark feature of the mountain range. The trail is probably one of the best graded pathways I've followed anywhere for such a steep ascent. Where it did get rocky, I saw construction material nearby, so there must be a plan to grade the whole route. The scenery along the way is filled with massive granite rock surfaces shaped into fanciful forms and faces.
  • I'm not sure why I'm rating a trail head tho it is a rather nice trail head. get there early on the weekend as the parking lot will fill up. the trail is good. between 4 and 5 miles. the first mile is all switch backs but then it levels off. it's another half file to the butte then there are some other trails you can take if you like. great views. good workout.
  • This is my top-pick #1 so far in Scottsdale-Phoenix area. Beautiful drive to get there and there is plenty of parking. Perfect level of obstacles just be careful with the loose gravel sometimes you'll slip. There is bathroom for both men&women at the gate and it said no water, but when you are hiking you should responsible for your own water. Magnificent views along the way and there is not much traffic on the trail, it's just perfect the way I like it!
  • Literally hundreds of different hikes that can start at Tom's Thumb Trailhead. Novice to expert hiker, biker, or horse rider, there are opportunities to enjoy the desert at it's finest. Rock climbing is also available and there are critters here, so keep your eyes open and your camera ready!