Yahoo - the frigid temperatures have finally lifted - let's celebrate by hiking Tom's Thumb
Length: about 12 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.