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Tom's Thumb Trailhead, Scottsdale

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.9/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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  • Beautiful area! Very nice to get out of the city. This was my first visit. There were some guides there to answer questions. There were also restrooms, not port-a-potties. Will definitely go again. 
  • This trail is at the northern end of the McDowells and can be accessed at 128th Street. like all the other trails this one is a great walk and you get close up to the Sonoran desert. 
  • It's got the right mixture of length, hills, scenery, and people--I tend to like to go when it's a little less packed. But even when there are a lot of people it's a great, great trail. 
  • Tough hike with strenuous switch backs all the way up. The incline can be pretty intense too. Great views once at the top :)
  • Tom's thumb is one of the best hikes in the Phoenix area in my opinion. The hike up will give your legs a good workout, and once you reach the ridge line its a hike full of large boulders and sweeping AZ views.
  • A grand pollux, with commanding views. Lots of mirages (mostly of popsicle stands) and fewer saguaro cacti than pinnacle peak. Waterslide was broken.
  • Switch back, the relatively flat in places. Beautiful park!
  • Moderate to strenuous hike to get to Tom's Thumb but offers great views of the area. Trail can be busy on the weekends, but there are plenty of options at McDowell for hiking. Watch out for snakes!
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