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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2012
chumley
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,932 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.22 mph
1,932 ft AEG
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So if you haven't been out to the Tom's Thumb trailhead recently, you really should go. Even if you're not going hiking. The trailhead is nicer than some homes at Troon North. I mean, it's actually a little bit ridiculous. Ok a lot ridiculous. Meticulously landscaped with a beautiful building featuring modern metal and concrete architecture. Interpretive signage. A shaded amphitheater. Printed trail maps there for the taking. Fancy, expensive-tiled bathrooms that might sometimes have a concierge handing out towels and fresh Axe body spray. I really can't imagine how much money it cost to build this. And it's free! It makes you wonder what the trailheads that make you pay a fee actually do with that money, because this is what they should do with it!

The road to the trailhead has now been "paved" with gravel and oil, but still features hooptiedoos that are a world of fun at 60mph. (* Please obey all traffic laws. Perform vehicular acrobatics at your own risk).

The trail is in great shape. It looks like it was built with a bobcat or other mechanical assistance because it is absolutely perfect. Again, somebody with some resources built this trail. It's really nice! There are so many trail signs that even the most directionally-challenged could not get lost. All have accurate mileages to 1/10th of a mile. There are signs pointing out every climbing area and how to access them. At one point there were 4 separate signs in less than 100-feet. And somehow they are small, tasteful, and not distracting!

So anyway, the trail climbs pretty quickly, with endless switchbacks as you ascend to ever more impressive views of Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Rio Verde and beyond. The top part flattens out a lot, and we explored a couple of side hikes, one off-trail adventure that didn't pan out quite right, and another out on the Lookout Trail.

The weather was absolutely perfect, and the views from the thumb across the valley are worth the price of admission :)

There were only a handful of other people out there which also made the experience much more pleasant. For a relatively close "city" hike, on a perfect-weather weekend morning, this one has a very reasonable amount of solitude. It's no Pimacamelsquaw, that's for sure.
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