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VEG Hiking: Tom's Thumb and The Lookout Adventure

Please join host Henry as we navigate and traverse the scenic trails at Tom's Thumb in  the McDowell Mountains! The hiking path runs through some of the most spectacular areas in the entire Valley. The trail goes straight up about 1000 ft over the course of the first mile, so it's for hardy fit mountain goats! At the top we'll explore the giant thumb itself and then head back the same way. You're encouraged to bring snacks, sun protection of some sort, at least 2+ liters of water per person (it's essential if hot out), as well as sturdy hiking footwear. Cameras are not optional on this one, trust me!

WEBSITE: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve/news#TomThumb
MAP: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/preserve/North+Half+Preserve+Trails.pdf

This hike is rated DIFFICULT!

Cross posted to Trail Mix hiking

DISTANCE: 5 miles round trip

ELEVATION GAIN: 1,000 feet

DURATION: 3+ hours

TRAIL STYLE: In and out

FACILITIES: Bathrooms BUT NO WATER

DIRECTIONS: From Happy Valley and Pima Roads, head east on Happy Valley for about 4.25 miles. Turn right on Ranch Gate Road at go 1.3 miles. Turn right on 128th St (a gravel road), go about a mile to the trailhead and park there. Regular cars are fine on the gravel road. Can also take Dynamite Blvd to 128th St and head south a few miles to the trailhead.

Henry will be in front of the bathroom area wearing a tan hat and with trekking poles.

Henry's cell phone number:[masked]

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  • Patie H.

    It was a great hike and everyone was very nice and pleasant. Glad I made it.

    September 28, 2013

  • Henry

    We will start the hike at 8 am, so give yourself extra time to get there early. It should be pretty cool starting out, but I don't think we'll need the winter jackets yet.

    September 26, 2013

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