Tom's Thumb Trailhead, Scottsdale

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  • Medium intensity and dog friendly. An advantage is that its not too busy during the week. Beautiful vistas from the top.  more »
  • This is a great trail for moderate hikers. Plenty of large boulders to stop and rest on. The last half mile is steep to get to Tom's Thumb. Trails are well marked. Take plenty of water for the...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery. Fun walk in the heat. Trails are marked very well. Be sure to bring plenty of water and proper shoes.  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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