Tom’s Thumb Hike (McDowells)

Date: 
Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 08:00
Leaders: 
Joyce Morningstar - 602-299-7244
Rating: 
A- LENGTH: 13 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 8:00 am (depart 8:15) at the Gateway trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (18333 N Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85255). This long lollipop loop hike goes up Tom’s Thumb Trail to the Lookout, and returns on the East End and Windgate Pass Trails. The hike features fascinating rock formations and sweeping views of the Valley on the west side, and of the McDowell Mountain Park on the east side. There are some steep sections, so hiking poles are recommended. Wear sturdy hiking boots, a wide brimmed hat, and a light jacket. Bring lunch, snacks, and 3 liters of water. No dogs or children. Cost to non-members is $5. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike.