68th hike of the club:
Let's have a pre-Christmas adventure in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We'll start at the Gateway Trailhead, taking Gateway to Bell Pass, take a short break on the saddle at Bell Pass, hike over to the East End Trail and take that up to Tom's Thumb. We'll take a snack and pictures break up at Tom's Thumb and enjoy the views up there. We'll take Tom's Thumb trail down, to Windgate, to Gateway and back to the Gateway parking area. The hike is approx. 13 miles roundtrip. We'll have a good climb up to the saddle on Bell Pass, then another good climb up East End to Tom's Thumb.
Wear a Santa hat, an elf hat or an entire Christmas outfit if you like............or just join in for a good hiking workout and adventure. Dress layered, as we might have some wind on the Bell Pass Saddle, and up at Tom's Thumb. Bring plenty of water, use sunscreen and wear good sturdy hiking shoes that have good traction. Bring your cameras too!! We can work out carpool locations if needed, but there are good parking facilities at the Gateway area. We can go to lunch somewhere close by afterwards as well. The meetup time is to start the hike from the Gateway Trailhead. They have very good bathroom facilities at the Gateway Trailhead too.