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Transition to new parking at Tom's Thumb

From: Erik F.
Sent on: Monday, June 18, 2012 10:03 AM


Change in Parking – Tom’s Thumb Trail Head


City of Scottsdale staff for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve have asked me to let climbers know that the transition to the new parking lot will occur this Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Starting Wednesday, all members of the public will be required to enter the new Tom’s Thumb Trail Head via 128th Street. All of the former access points will be closed.


This new parking lot will serve the climbing on the eastern slope of the McDowells (e.g., Granite Ballroom and Rosetta Stone), the greater Sven Slab area (Sven Slab, Sven Towers I, II, and III), Hog Heaven via Mesquite Canyon, the greater Morrell’s Wall climbing (Morrell’s Parking Lot, Morrell’s Wall), Gardeners Wall, Glass Dome, Goat Hill, Tom’s Thumb, the Rist, Lost in the Air, Lost Wall, Half and Half, and Fort McDowell. It also will serve as gateway to the McDowell Regional Park and Rock Knob. If anyone wishes to have updated route information please contact me.


The main entrance point to the Tom’s Thumb Trail Head is south of the intersection of Ranch Gate Road and 128th Street. Most climbers coming from the south and west will take advantage of coming east on Happy Valley from Pima. Continue on Happy Valley easterly past 104th Street/Alma School and go through the Troon development. Happy Valley curves north on the east side of Troon Mtn and becomes 115th Street. Follow 115th Street a short distance and look for the brown signage to the Trail Head. You take a right/east off of 115th Street on to Ranch Gate Road, which then arrives shortly at 128th Street. This short cut saves maybe 15 minutes drive time up to Dynamite and across.


If you have any questions or if you would like any updated trail access and climbing route information, please contact me – smorefil (at) aol (dot) com.

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