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Tom’s Thumb Loop, McDowell Mtn. Preserve

Tom’s Thumb Loop, McDowell Mtn. Preserve

Rated and Distance: B; 6 miles

Trailhead Elevation: 2900’

Accumulated Elevation Gain: 1982’

Driving mileage: 110 mi. R/T Driver’s fee: $7 + $2 dirt road fee.

Leader(s): Susie Welker Phone: [masked]

Description: Hike on the new trails in the McDowell Mountains and view many picturesque rock formations and scenic desert overlooks toward Fountain Hills, the Supersition Mtns., & the McDowells. A challenging hike because of the rapid elevation gain on the trail.

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  • Marilyn

    Wonderful hike, Susie. Let's keep doing it. Rock formations and panoramas are spectacular. You ARE good... the wind stopped for lunch and the fountain spouted right on your cue!

    December 11, 2012

  • mary m.

    interesting comments from the Hike Arizona web site:

    So if you haven't been out to the Tom's Thumb trailhead recently, you really should go. Even if you're not going hiking. The trailhead is nicer than some homes at Troon North. I mean, it's actually a little bit ridiculous. Ok a lot ridiculous. Meticulously landscaped with a beautiful building featuring modern metal and concrete architecture. Interpretive signage. A shaded amphitheater. Printed trail maps there for the taking. Fancy, expensive-tiled bathrooms that might sometimes have a concierge handing out towels and fresh Axe body spray. I really can't imagine how much money it cost to build this. And it's free! It makes you wonder what the trailheads that make you pay a fee actually do with that money, because this is what they should do with it! The road to the trailhead has now been "paved" with gravel and oil, but still features hooptiedoos that are a world of fun at 60mph.

    December 2, 2012

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