We'll meet near the restrooms at the Tom's Thumb entrance to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
We will hike to both The Lookout and to Tom's Thumb.
*****NOTE 1 - GPSes, Mapquest, etc do _NOT_ give correct directions to the TH. Follow the directions below.
*****NOTE 2 - There is NO water at the TH.
Hike Length: about 5 miles
Elevation Change: about 1100 feet
Facilities: at TH
Trail Style: out & back
Dogs: Yes, if leashed
Directions to the TH - take Happy Valley Road east from N Pima Road, at the STOP sign continue straight entering Troon. After passing through most of Troon follow signs for McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Turn right onto Ranch Gate Road. The paved road ends. The unpaved road is fine for any vehicle. Follow signs for Trailhead Parking. Turn right onto 128th Street. Follow signs for Trailhead Parking. The road will spill into a newly built permanent parking area. The TH is at this parking area. We'll meet near the restrooms at this parking area.
Alternately, from Rio Verde Drive (Dynamite Blvd) take 128th Street south. This section of 128th Street can be very rough and may require a high clearance vehicle.