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Tom's Thumb from Gateway Trailhead

Tom's Thumb Thanksgiving hike to count our blessings and help out a fellow hiker. Rachel - known as 'Chef Rachel' on HHH is recovering from Cancer. If you'd like to help, please go to

Length: about 13 miles; we'll go out and back

Elevation gain: about 1400 feet according to the MMP map

Time: about 6 hours; we'll stop for lunch at the base of Tom's Thumb

Difficulty: yup! Lots of steep switchbacks

Dog friendly: yes, on leash, but be sure your dog is fit too. I wouldn't recommend it for most pooches I know.

Fitness level: You want to be fit for this one! It's long, with lots of upward slope and then very very steep in parts. No bouldering/climbing, just steep trail. This isn't a fitness hike exactly, but we tend to keep a good solid pace. You'll be happiest on this if you've hiked with me before and like my pace, or you've done lots of brisk hiking recently. I don't recommend this for beginners.

What to bring: WATER and lots of it; hat, sunscreen and your lunch.

PS: I'm keeping this to 15 attendess because that's about all the follks I can keep track of. Of course, you are welcome to hike this trail on your own. Also, please feel free to lead a hike; contact Gary for information on becoming a HHH hike leader.

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  • Al

    Very nice.

    November 26, 2012

  • Clay

    Ok folks, here are the stats from the hike yesterday.

    Distance: 12.2 mi
    Moving time: 4:23:26
    Elapsed time: 5:38:35
    Avg moving speed: 2.8 mph
    Total elev gain (up): 3293 ft
    Total elev loss (down): 3013 ft -- don't ask me why those numbers don't match, ask Garmin ;)

    November 24, 2012

  • Susan J


    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    pretty fancy

    November 23, 2012

  • Brenda

    Good morning Katharina! Easiest directions: take 101 to Pima/Princess exit, go north on Pima to Legacy, east on Legacy to Thompson Peak Parkway, go south just a bit - trailhead is on left right across from Toll Brothers big development. If you get to Bell, you've gone too far. The trailhead is on Thompson Peak between Bell and Legacy. My cell is[masked]

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    never been here so if anyone happens to read this, please call me if I am not there b/c that means I am lost.... using GPS....602489-1159

    November 23, 2012

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