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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass Trail
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2018
Hippy
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.60 mph
3,125 ft AEG13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Frank, Jamie and I went out to show Jamie Tom's Thumb. Nice short and easy morning. We ended up being bombarded by human people things at the Thumb so quickly moved on to the Lookout where we saw not a soul!
I recalled hiking part of Windgate trail once before. Frank voted we add on the extra 7 miles or whatnot.

So we did.
A lot of people ask me what a good grand canyon training hike is and after completing this loop I could easily suggest it. There is just enough downhill to simulate hiking a few miles down the main corridor trails and just enough plane noise to simulate hiking Hermit trail or the Tonto.

Once we left Lookout and headed down toward windgate I was instantly reminded of cutting down the switchbacks from clear Creek trail toward phantom. All that desert life and cool air and gorgeous rock.

For me, today, this hike was perfect. Not hard at all, not too much mileage and the elevation changes were enough to get me sweating and my heart pumping. I'd do it again for sure.

I definitely don't regret spending the winter back in the Valley.

Did not seen any fellow HAZzers either, though a guy did comment on the HAZ bumper sticker on my car.
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