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Well marked trails with great site markers

The road up to the start of the trail is more fun to ride a bicycle on than you can imagine! I did... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2018
Bobbi C
Harder than we thought!

We are not expert hikers, but usually do fairly well. This trail was more difficult than we... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2018
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Reviewed May 10, 2018

The road up to the start of the trail is more fun to ride a bicycle on than you can imagine! I did that a few times alone, and in the end, we drove up and parked, for free. There is a giant map to...More

1  Thank Bobbi C
Reviewed May 2, 2018

We are not expert hikers, but usually do fairly well. This trail was more difficult than we thought. We never made it to the two photo-op areas - fat mans pass or the tunnel. We finally gave up, but it was a great hike.

3  Thank sherryd295
Reviewed April 21, 2018

We had read just the beginning was steep. At .8 it had all been steep, then a short reprieve and steep again til 1.2, then a reprieve but the last part is even steeper. It can be slippery with loose gravel. However, I had my...More

3  Thank sjanderson6
Reviewed April 9, 2018

Scottsdale bought thousands of acres of land in an area called the Preserve. Tom's Thumb is part of this. It is in the north end of Scottsdale and is surrounded by pristine desert. Not at all like hiking Camelback in the middle of the city....More

4  Thank 466cherylc
Reviewed April 8, 2018

I recommend hiking early in the morning before it gets too busy. It was a challenging hike for us beginners but definitely doable!

1  Thank jessknarian
Reviewed March 30, 2018

About a half hour's drive from downtown Scottsdale this place has a nice challenging trail system for you. Lots of uphill trails will take you to the namesake Tom's Thumb and beyond if you are up for it. Lots of trails and lots of foot...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed March 20, 2018

Get there early (by 7:00am) and have the trail to yourself. First 1.3 miles are uphill switchbacks with steep ascent taxing your cardio fitness. Trail well maintained and quiet if you go early. The descent will test your quads, but if you bike, should have...More

2  Thank John S
Reviewed March 20, 2018

This trail delivers a great view as reward for a demanding hike up the mountain. We took the trail on a weekday morning during prime tourist season (Spring Break). The trail was challenging, but gave plenty of opportunities to stop, rest and enjoy the views....More

1  Thank Pat N
Reviewed March 14, 2018

There's very good signage on the roads near the trailhead parking lot to point the way, and lots of parking available and a nice covered pavilion with rest rooms (but no water) at the trailhead. It took my husband and me about 2-3/4 hours (with...More

3  Thank CBW47
Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Tom’s Thumb is a trail well worth the effort. The trail itself is mostly wide and without rocks to navigate so it is rather easy. There is however a continuous series of inclining switchbacks which takes you almost to the top. That makes the hike...More

4  Thank Jon O
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July 3, 2018|
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Response from 466cherylc | Reviewed this property |
It is pretty steep. If they are young I would stick to a trail at Browns Ranch, which is nearby, or Pinnacle Peak.
Cindi S
February 25, 2018|
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Response from SunFunSun | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs are allowed, but they must be on a leash.
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Response from Nass H | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of connector trails in McDowell Mt. Park, consider a single-page map of trail system--don't just rely on the signs. The trail length DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU START. It can be 12 miles RT from Gateway parking lot... More