We'll meet near the restrooms at the Gateway entrance to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Please assess your ability to do this hike very carefully.
This will be my first time hiking to Tom's Thumb but my very experienced and knowledgeable co-host, Tim Hochberg, has hiked to "The Thumb" numerous times. Thank you Tim for agreeing to serve as my guide/co-host for this amazing hike.
For the hike we'll start out on Saguaro Trail, left on Gateway Loop Trail, straight onto Windgate Pass Trail, left onto Tom's Thumb Trail, pass Tom's Thumb (optional side trip to Tom's Thumb), right onto East End Trail, right on Windmill Trail, straight on Windgate Pass Trail, straight on Gateway Loop Trail, right on Saguaro Trail back to where we started.
There are lots of steep ups and downs with loose rocks so be careful. We will go at a fast pace. You're encouraged to bring snacks, a camera and must bring at least 2+ liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.
I am looking for a sweep (someone to cover the backside of the group). Let me know if you would like to volunteer to sweep for this hike.
Trail Length: about 12 miles
Estimated Completion Time: 6 hours (includes a few breaks)
Elevation Change: 2205 feet (highest point - 3925 feet, lowest point - 1720 feet)
Cumulative Elevation Gain: about 2800 feet
Facilities: at TH
Trail Style: loop
Dogs: Yes, if leashed