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Tom's Thumb Trailhead

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WanderingWithUsTwo wrote a review Jun 2020
Phoenix, Arizona406 contributions50 helpful votes
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The McDowell Mountains sit about 30 minutes north of central Scottsdale. Within the vast park they provide opportunities to bike, ride horses, and hike. One of the most popular trails here is the Tom’s Thumb trail. When we looked up the trailhead on google maps it didn’t send us to the main area. Since there are many residential areas surrounding the park there are several private trail entrances in neighborhoods which is where the directions sent us. We suggest getting the directions and following them until you start seeing signs directing you to the trail and the main parking lot. When we went they were rebuilding the road to the parking lot so they had a bumpy dirt road in the meantime but nothing that you can’t access with any form of vehicle. Since there are many trails that start at this main lot there is plenty of space to park with well over 100 spaces. However, since there are several trails and spaces available it is very popular and can fill up very quickly so it’s best to get in very early or wait until the first wave dies down around 12 or so. There are some restrooms at the entrance along with water but aside from that there are no other amenities along the way. The trail is 2.5 MI (4 KM) and ascends over 1,300 ft (396 M). Along the way there are also areas for rock climbing for those who enjoy that as well and the area is also accessible to mountain biking. The hike is in the sun for a majority of the time and can be difficult on the way up before evening out as you're near the top. From the top you can get panoramic views of the city and get some great photos. Overall, this is a great park with lots to do and not too secluded from the city. We hope to be back and explore some of the other less-popular trails in the near future! - @wanderingwithustwo
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Mary Ann E wrote a review Apr 2020
Highlands Ranch, Colorado464 contributions96 helpful votes
We went in the morning in March. It was an open trail, no shade, so it would be very hot at times. Plenty of water is advised! There was a main trail to start, then several trails that come off and I believe it connects to other areas. Rock climbing and trails of various skill levels and distance. The trails are well marked. There are restrooms as the trail head and a drinking fountain. Fairly large parking area.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Experience15495 wrote a review Mar 2020
Columbus, Ohio6 contributions
This trail is well groomed with gravel. There is a nice short trail that is scenic. We saw some rock climbers on the large rocky outcrops. Pretty cool!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LE R wrote a review Mar 2020
Carmel, Indiana46 contributions10 helpful votes
We loved finally getting to Tom's Thumb after trying several times via the Gateway trailhead. We finally made it by going to the Tom's Thumb trailhead off of Happy Valley. This trail kicks up the adrenaline fast and what's different is the people on the trail are so encouraging. We felt we were there with kindred spirits. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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babyfishmouth77 wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois44 contributions6 helpful votes
A great short hike with some elevation. It was less crowded than Pinnacle, but it was not as well marked. It may be a little confusing to stay on the trail if you are not an experienced hiker.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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