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GC Training #4: Toms Thumb Loop

Hi All,

The next in a series of training hikes for Grand Canyon will be held this Saturday.  We'll tackle a tough loop through the northern McDowells.  This is a strenuous hike of about 8.5 miles with combined elevation gain of about 2,700 ft.  Scenery includes a distant view of north Scottsdale, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and the wildflowers should be blooming by now.

We'll start from the new Toms Thumb trailhead, take the steep Toms Thumb Trail to its namesake landmark for a brief visit.  Then we descend the remainder of the Toms Thumb Trail to Windgate Pass Trail.  Climb a mild slope to Windgate Pass, then loop back around on the challenging East End Trail and descend Toms Thumb Trail back to the parking lot.

Weather should be perfect for this hike with a high of 80.  Expect to be out for 4-5 hours.

Time and Place:
Saturday 3/23, 9:30 am
Safeway parking lot, SE corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy 
(Exit Loop 101 at Pima / Princess, go north for about a mile)

Bring:
3L water per person
Trail snacks, picnic lunch
Sunblock, hat

Dogs are OK on this hike, but please make sure they can handle the distance

Hope you can make it

Charles

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  • Sue

    It was a perfect day for this hike. Thank you for posting, Charles.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved it. We need to bottle this weather and save it for later! Thank you Charles for your good leadership.

    March 24, 2013

  • CLYDE

    GREAT HIKE!

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Hike, Lots of FUN! Thanks Charles. Good to see old friends and meet some new ones!

    March 23, 2013

  • Juli

    Thanks, Charles!

    March 23, 2013

  • Don

    Great loop Charles - thanks for leading!

    March 23, 2013

  • CLYDE

    Will meet group at TH

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I would like to join you to this hike (actually me and a friend of mine who comes in Phoenix to visit me) but I don't have a car. Is somebody available to give us a drive? I leave in the crossing of 7th Av and Thomas Road in Phoenix. I can take the light rail if an appointment near a lightrail station is more convenient. Let me know! Thanks a lot and see you maybe tomorrow

    March 22, 2013

  • Ramblin R.

    I will be speaking this weekend, wish I could

    March 22, 2013

  • Melissa B.

    Sorry I can't make this one. Helping a friend move... If anyone is interested in a Sunday hiking adventure let me know! :)

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it this time. going to Fiji till 1 April.

    March 20, 2013

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