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Tom's Thumb the Looooong Way

Let's celebrate this cool weather with a long hard hike!  We'll start at Gateway, take the loop to Bell Pass, go up and over the summit, follow Windgate to East End, wave hello to Tom's Thumb, then make our way down the switchbacks back to Gateway.

Length: 13 or 14 miles?  I counted it up on the map, but I'm sure someone else who's done it has a more accurate count - please let me know on the comments below

Difficulty: you betcha!  This is a long, hard hike, very steep in most parts, especially that killer East End, which is rated very difficult

Elevation Gain: well Bell Pass give us 1202 feet and the East End = 1041 feet, and we are up and down and around.  So in summary: lots.

Time: 5-7 hours

Warning:  NOT for beginners in any way!  You want to be experienced, strong and fit for this one. Plus with this kind of distance, you may find yourself alone in parts as we inevitably spread out.  Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.

Bring lots of water - probably 3-5 liters, and snacks

This is a great way to train for Seven Summit Challenge.  If we have energy, we'll adjourn to Tom's Thumb market for lunch and BEER afterwards.

Plus, I'll collect $1 voluntary donation to HHH

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  • Miguel-AKA-Wheeeeee :.

    I had a blast ...I stay back looking at nature..
    Thank you so much.
    c u next time...wheee

    October 14, 2013

  • Julie

    Great hike nice trail good mixture of difficult and easier...Thanks for organizing this hike...

    October 14, 2013

  • Brenda

    What a fabulous day! Strong pace, gorgeous skies and great conversation - who could ask for anything more? Thanks to Harald and Mike for photos and tracking speed/distance/pace.

    October 14, 2013

  • Bill

    Great Hike !

    October 14, 2013

  • Patricia

    Great hike! Thanks for organizing Brenda!

    October 14, 2013

  • Mike

    Great fitness hike, Brenda: we went through 12 miles and up 2700 ft at 3MPH

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Adam

    Thanks Brenda! Great course. Will sleep well tonight.

    October 13, 2013

  • Miguel-AKA-Wheeeeee :.

    I'm still on the waiting list...can someone call me if I can
    go...602-541-6842...Just in case someone drops out.
    Thank you

    October 12, 2013

  • John

    Will be watching my little Grandkids

    October 11, 2013

  • Christa J

    Will maintain training schedule for Grand Canyon. Going to leave a place for one of 18 on the waiting list in time for them to prepare and enjoy. See you all after the canyon for 7 Summits traiing. Have a great hike.

    October 11, 2013

    • Mike

      This means you're going to trade 14 mile hike for a 20 plus miler...... cool

      October 11, 2013

  • Lori G

    Unfortunately I hurt my back while hiking on Monday and am still healing. I don't think I can try such a long hike right now. Another time!

    October 10, 2013

  • Carri

    Got talked into volunteering at Oktoberfest and I don't feel I would be back in time if I do this hike.

    October 7, 2013

  • Martin O.

    love to be able to go on theses long hikes. But I am on my way to FL and TX until DEC 14 for work. Might be back for a couple of weeks and will get in on a meet up.

    September 10, 2013

  • Michele

    oooohh!!! I so want to do this but I will be doing the Wave/Paria that weekend.

    September 10, 2013

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