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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 22 2020
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,210 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.33 mph
3,210 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Nice weather for the first hike of the winter, wasn’t sure how long I would feel like hiking so chose this due to loop options. For a weekday the parking lot was busy just not weekend mobbed. After turning on to Bell Pass Trail only encountered 3 couples coming down and one runner that passed actually on the last steep part before the saddle. Feeling pretty well after Bell Pass so decided to head up East End Trail , the top teasingly in view makes progress seem discouraging but taking a look back reveals what you gained. Started seeing some other hikers once heading toward Tom’s Thumb quite a few school aged children running around. On to the Lookout Trail only a half dozen others there, moved to a perch for a snack break. Once back on Tom’s Thumb Trail the steep switchbacks started on this well maintained trail. No water seen at the Mountain Spring but didn’t look for the spring box, before this I did go off trail about 100 yards in thick vegetation to look for it but realized later it was further down the trail :oops: Shortly after the junction of the Gateway Loop Trail spotted 3 deer on a ridge below one buck with 8 to 10 points. Pointed them out to a couple of hikers heading out who were appreciative. If I had stayed awhile may have gotten some better photos but by now I was ready to be done. Otherwise an uneventful finish to an enjoyable hike.After going up Tom’s Thumb Trail and down East End the other time I did this loop I prefer the loop in the direction I took today.

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