First hike of Tom Thumb Trail, North McDowell Mts.
Last week I hiked the Tom Thumb Trail located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. A friend had recently mentioned the hike and said it was really scenic and fun.
I found directions in a Yelp report but was told by a park volunteer that access to the trail head will be changing. You will definitely need to google for the latest directions.
The hike is about 4 miles round trip and gains a bit over 800 feet, most of that in the first mile and a half. The road into the trail head was a bit rough at this time, but you do not need a 4-wheel drive, as was suggested by at least one reviewer. I had no trouble taking my front wheel drive vehicle … albeit SLOWLY.
This is a view from the parking area looking north and east. The edge of North Scottsdale and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve are seen here. Bartlett Damn is also out there.
I really enjoyed this hike. The views are fantastic and the desert beautiful.
It’s about a 4 mile hike round trip on Tom Thumb. The trail is now well marked, easy to follow. I read that the elevation gain is approximately 800 feet. Most of that is in the first mile and a half which makes it pretty steep. I took my time, as usual, and did no think it was too bad. I also brought along extra water (two bottles) and drank them both on a day that was in the 70s.
Here are a few of the great views from the trail, even with clouds rolling in on the normal Valley of the Sun.
That’s Scottsdale from the Thumb. Visibility was limited because of the overcast that moved in, but you could see the runway of Scottsdale Airport.
This is my favorite shot of the day, the fountain in Fountain Hills! It is set to … what is the right term – blow, (haha), erupt, spout … on each hour.
Tom’s Thumb, Phoenix McDowell Mountains.
Again, be sure to google directions as I found that the area is in development and getting there will change as they complete the project.