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East End Trail - MSP - 27 members in 150 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 23 2021
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2021
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.44 Miles 3,410 AEG
Hiking13.44 Miles   4 Hrs      3.39 mph
3,410 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
This loop has always been a favorite of mine. It is close, the trails are solid and the views are great. Not to mention it makes for a nice morning hike with some decent miles and elevation gain. Overall pretty uneventful but very enjoyable.
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Jul 03 2021
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Micky D Meander, AZ 
Micky D Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking10.82 Miles 2,238 AEG
Hiking10.82 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.33 mph
2,238 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A 6:30 start in the 80's and humid. Hog Heaven is an enjoyable trail with some good views of the surrounding area. I'd forgotten how steep it gets with some Class 2. I took a few breaks on the way up and was lucky to have some cloud cover and a breeze most of the way up. Heading down to the Toms Thumb trail, the trail gets a bit steep and slippery in spots.

Headed down East End, I passed up my first couple hikers of the day. Making the turn on Windmill and the Coachwhip, it started heating up. At the intersection of Coachwhip and Pemberton, there has been a shelter w/ table added since the last time I was through here. It's complete with all the tools a MTB'er would need including an air pump. It's also set up with solar Christmas lights.

On Pemberton, I passed my only MTB'er on the day. With a mile to go, no breeze and no clouds, I was ready for it to be over
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Apr 25 2021
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking13.48 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking13.48 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   3.13 mph
3,400 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
need to be doing double digit hikes on my days off, rather than biking the grand canal like i wanted to :lol:
got a late start at 1130
wouldn't it be better to be finished by then?
anyway
gateway loop, bell pass, east end, the lookout, tom's thumb, windgate pass, gateway loop
added saguaro and nature trails for extra mileage and linkage
good loop; it's been awhile since i've done this combo
more people out than i would expect given the temps, especially on the outer trails
east end was easier than i remember, possibly because i was going slower
the lookout is a nice viewpoint and worth a detour
always enjoy the terrain up near tom's thumb
considered east end, but needed more water and some snacks to add that on
no critters other than a few lizards, no flowers other than a few ratty globemallow

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry
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Feb 26 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Toms Thumb Super Duper Loop, AZ 
Toms Thumb Super Duper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,730 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   2.35 mph
3,730 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to make my once-a-year appearance at the Toms Thumb TH and do this figure 8 loop, which is a combination of the Hog Heaven Loop and the Toms Thumb-Wingate-East End Loop.

I started out by heading up to the HangnailThumbnail, which is on the ridgeline south of East End Peak. This is steep and a bit slippery climb, with some class 2 and class 3 climbing that is ever-so-slightly exposed in a couple of places. I got a good workout on this portion of the hike, and then did some class 2 hiking over to East End Peak. It's always nice to be on the highpoint of the McDowells.

The descent from East End down to the Tom's Thumb Trail is steep and slippery on loose dirt and pea gravel, but I took my time and made it down with no problem.

I did not go to Toms Thumb, but I did make a sidetrip to The Lookout, which has some nice views of the McDowells.

Once I got back on the Toms Thumb Trail, I made the steep descent on mostly rocky terrain to the Windgate Pass Trail. This was my least favorite part of the hike, due to the rocky terrain. Going up to Windgate Pass was uneventful, then it was on to the steep uphill climb on the East End Trail back to the Toms Thumb Trail. You'll get a good workout on this portion of the hike.

Once back on the Toms Thumb Trail, it was uphill for a bit, and then downhill back to the TH.

Not surprisingly, there were quite a few people out in the afternoon going back down to the TH once I got back on the Toms Thumb Trail. I did not see anyone on the hike until I descended from East End and got to the Toms Thumb Trail.

It was a nice day for a hike, although the full sun was not too welcome on the climb up on the East End Trail. Thankfully the temperature was not too hot and there was a bit of a breeze.
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There are no wildflowers yet...hopefully there will be some in the coming weeks
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Feb 07 2021
Nate_F
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49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
Nate_F
Hiking14.42 Miles 3,322 AEG
Hiking14.42 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.76 mph
3,322 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Good hike in the McDowell Mountains this morning! Linked Gateway, Windgate, the Lookout, East End, and Desert Parks trails. Good trainer hike, beautiful, and and quiet coming back on Desert Parks. Fun!
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Jan 31 2021
AZOutdoorsman
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 Joined Jan 16 2004
 Chandler, AZ
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St AZ, AZ 
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking20.40 Miles 5,398 AEG
Hiking20.40 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   3.11 mph
5,398 ft AEG      50 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Another training hike (with some light jogging). I borrowed the name and stats from Bifrost who did this same loop+ and posted a GPS route on 10/21/17. Looks as though he enjoys big loops too - thank you sir. Started at the 104/Bell TH - Levee - Bell Pass - Prospector - Thompson/Towers - Dixie Mine - Coachwhip - Windmill - East End - Tom's Thumb - Windgate - Gateway Loop - 104th St Spur.

Anyway, was a nice day to be in the McDowells - albeit a little warm. Was surprised by the number of people on the short section we shared near Tom's Thumb. One guy coming down the trail even through his hands up in the air and stopped in the middle as I was coming at him, as if to say WTF. Without breaking stride as I cleanly skirted around him, I nicely explained that, "you yield to hikers going uphill, that is how you hike." I got a, "yes, that's what I thought" from a group behind him. I accept that many on these short, popular, urban trails are ignorant to the concept of hiking etiquette, and I wouldn't have said anything had he not thrown up his hands - oh well. The few that I did encounter more than a few miles from a TH were nice and knew proper etiquette. All in all, another great day in the "wilds" of AZ! : )
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Jan 30 2021
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Desert Park Lasso, AZ 
Desert Park Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
hikerdw
Hiking14.16 Miles 3,021 AEG
Hiking14.16 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.90 mph
3,021 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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1st trip
With the rain the night before a nice walk in the desert was calling. I'd never hiked the Desert Park Trail in the MSP so figured it would be a nice start/end to the lasso.

Desert Park Trail We both really enjoyed this trail as it offered a lot of solitude in a typically crowded area. On the hike out we saw no one, and on the return we only passed a couple mountain bikers and two pairs of hikers.

Tom's Thumb Trail Great trail. Hands down a better climb, better scenery, and much more solitude than the climb from the north. Got some really nice cloud views as we hiked.

Lookout Trail Another trail I really enjoy. Views are excellent, typically not crowded, and some nice areas to find a couple rocks to take a short break after the climb up. With the wind it was noticeably cooler at the Lookout.

East End Trail A bit steep but always enjoyable going down. With the recent rains the footing was much better and offered less chance of slipping.

Windgate Pass Trail Saw a pair of bow hunters in full camouflage on the trail :-k I have a love/hate relationship with this trail. I love the back section past the pass and although hate is a harsh word for any trail, the front section from the trailhead to the pass is one of my less favorites in the MSP. It is just way to crowded for me to get any enjoyment while hiking in a train. The turnoff to the Desert Park Trail couldn't come quick enough.

Great lasso loop and will do it again for sure.
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Jan 02 2021
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
The Lookout from Tom's Thumb NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking11.11 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking11.11 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.94 mph
3,100 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I did this hike once before, 11 years ago. At that time the trailhead wasn't developed at all. It's been so long since I've been to this trailhead, I forgot that it's been developed, complete with the dreaded timed gate that won't allow anyone to hike before sunrise. I ended up waiting over a half hour at the gate once I arrived. Once I got to my parking space, I got out of the car and saw dozens of cars behind me on their way to their parking spots :o .

The foot traffic in this area has increased substantially since my first visit. I was quickly able to get away from the intial crowd and passed a few people on the way up Tom's Thumb :DANCE: . The ascent up this trail was probably the fastest I hiked the whole day. the trail here is very smooth and not at all rocky. I've noticed that the really rocky trails slow me down way more than the steepness of a trail. Once I was past the saddle heading west on the Tom's Thumb Trail, most of the crowd was gone. the morning sunlight hitting the top of the mountains up there gave the best views and pics of the day.

I got to the Lookout quickly, took the obligatory pics, and headed back down to do the loop around it (Tom's Thumb, Windgate Pass, and East End). heading downhill on Tom's Thumb to the Windgate Pass Trail took a while. Steep, loose, and rocky is no way to spend most of your time hiking, especially downhill.

Heading uphill on Windgate I felt like I picked my pace up a bit. The first glance at Windgate Pass seemed so far away, but it didn't take long to get there and past. Foot traffic picked up on this trail.

Heading up on the East End Trail was fun. It was loose, but hiking that uphill seems to be easier than downhill. Saw only 5 or 6 other hikers on this trail. The one group was about 4 guys in their 20s who had a lot of questions about if they could hike a loop back to Tom's Thumb TH. I gave them directions and told them the mileage and AEG involved. They seemed undaunted, and had little water. The weather was cool enough for that not to be the issue it would normally be.

The hike down to the TH from the saddle was the most crowded, a true ant trail. Stopped frequently to let the uphill hikers by, and also allow trailrunners to pass. Most of the hikers I encountered all day had masks on they put up as we hiked. This section of the hike has significantly fewer of them. :-k Hiking downhill on this trail was much easier than I expected, again mainly due to how smooth the trail is. My knees hurt a bit, but that's a normal part of age. Overall, this hike didn't seem harder at all from what it was 11 years ago. :y:
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Daytripper
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2020
Daytripper
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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Mar 07 2020
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
TransMSP Xpogo, AZ 
TransMSP Xpogo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
chumley
Hiking16.33 Miles 2,928 AEG
Hiking16.33 Miles   7 Hrs   42 Mns   2.20 mph
2,928 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
1st trip
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Got a new xpogo stick. Decided to hop across the MSP. Reviewing my route I confirmed having only touched the ground 24 times on the day, which might be a record.

Fun new people, got a little warm toward the end and I was the only one that opted for the peak. How can you hike 16 miles and not get a peak? Some people are weird!
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Feb 05 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Hog - Thumb - Windgate - East Loop, AZ 
Hog - Thumb - Windgate - East Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,137 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.28 mph
4,137 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was looking for a hike close to home, and was wanting something different than going to the Lost Dog Wash TH; so I decided to head out to the Tom's Thumb TH. It has been a little over a year since I had been there, so I was overdue. I decided to do a Figure-8 loop that was a combination of the Hog Heaven Loop and a loop that utilized the Tom's Thumb/Windgate Pass/East End Trails. For good measure, I added an out-and-back hike to the Tom's Thumb Lookout.

I began the hike by doing the Hog Heaven Loop CW. This was my favorite part of the hike -- it was a steep and sometimes slippery climb up to the HangnailThumbnail Rock Formation. There was a fair amount of rock climbing and scrambling on this portion of the hike -- more than I remembered from previous times doing it. I then went over to East End -- the high point in the McDowells -- and hung out for a while. Then I descended down to the Tom's Thumb Trail, and did the Tom's Thumb-Windgate Pass-East End Loop CCW. The descent from the Tom's Thumb Trail down to the Windgate Pass Trail was my least favorite part of the hike -- it was fairly rocky and a bit steep, and did not offer much redeeming value imho. The trek up the East End Trail was as tough as ever!

The weather was good for this hike -- it was a tad cloudy in the morning but sunny in the afternoon. It was 38 degrees when I started a little after 9:00 AM, and was 49 when I got back to the TH.
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Jan 25 2020
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ 
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
joebartels
Hiking14.50 Miles 3,107 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.68 mph
3,107 ft AEG      28 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Bruce's week to pick. I requested a good trail-hike since I'm not up to snuff after a short hiatus. He came back with a 5,700 AEG idea... my kind of humor but we agreed to cut out 45%

We were on the frontline of the army of hikers since the preserves don't open until 5 hrs before the day is half over. The army was spaced out hundreds of yards but not wild-approved half-mile spacing.

The ascent up Bell Pass always gives the heart a workout. A nice breeze helped and I shed my AZ winter coat, a long sleeve shirt. Bell Pass down to Windmill was pleasant. Before heading up East End we took a slightly late five mile break. I saw a jackrabbit a couple times in the distant as I was sitting down. Apparently stalked us making a full circle around. Leaving, surprised he was nearby on the flipside.

We had a small group holding handily a furlong behind us heading up East End Trail. The boulders are cool. Tom's Thumb to Lookout Trail was busy with all ages. Squeaky friendly too. Heading up Lookout Trail I expected nobody. One group of 8-10 then three or four couples in our journey out-n-back.

We got the prime end lookout spot for a break. With everything so green it was a spectacular view. Bruce asked a couple wanting their photo taken where they were from. We run across more Michigan folk than seemingly possibly by standard Vegas odds. Of course Bruce is from Michigan so I know the next five minutes of my life will be filled with stories of ice fishing, hunting and kicking back at the rotary club on twelfth street.

The least used part of Tom's Thumb Trail is heading down west. The tread is not characteristic of the park but it's one of the best stretches up or down.

Opted for Desert Park Trail to complete the loop. Upscale neighborhood hiking at it's finest in the Valley of the Sun IMHO. Easier, quicker Saturday. Fanny packed it and boy howdy is a five pound pack nice!
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Jan 25 2020
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ 
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.19 Miles 3,064 AEG
Hiking14.19 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   2.62 mph
3,064 ft AEG      27 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We needed something on trail with different distance options. Perfect weather in the McDowells.

We were going to be starting before the 7:02 Gateway TH gate opening, so I parked at the Legacy Blvd/Thompson Peak Parkway TH, that I've parked at many times before. Based on the slip of paper on my windshield on our return, not an option anymore.

I've done variations of this loop quite a few times.

Things that make me redoing portions of this loop include, the climb and huge boulders going up the East End Trail, the views at the end of the Lookout Trail and the tread and views going down the Tom Thumb Trail.

We stopped at Mountain Spring on the way down and it was dry.
Not sure if there is a break in the pipe above or not.

It was kinda nice and unusual to be home by 1:30 on a hike day.

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Apr 27 2019
BiFrost
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Pass Toms Thumb Loop, AZ 
Bell Pass Toms Thumb Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2019
BiFrost
Hiking12.03 Miles 3,222 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   2.37 mph
3,222 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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Loop hike up Bell Pass around the backside and then up East End Trail. Down Tom's Thumb trail and back to the Gateway TH. Still some decent spring flowers at the top around Toms Thumb. Feels like summer already :sweat:
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yellow poppy, mariposa poppy, lupine, various cacti blooms, globe mallow
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Jan 25 2019
KBKB
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60 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop Plus, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2019
KBKB
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,326 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.70 mph
2,326 ft AEG   2 Hrs   22 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Lloyd joined me for Friday's hike in the McDowells. He told me up front that he's 70 years old with a pacemaker. However, he's been doing some serious hiking recently and was ready for a hard hike.

We did a big loop starting with part of the Lost Wall Loop. Once we got to Tom's Thumb Trail, we headed down and then down some more on the East End Trail. Part way down EE, another hiker named Danny joined us. When we got to Windmill, we turned left and then left again on Coachwhip. Now in MMRP, we turned left again on Pemberton and then again on Boulder, which brought us back to the Preserve. Danny headed back to the parking lot while Lloyd and I went on to do the loop on the Marcus Landslide Trail - Lloyd told me that it'd be too short of a hike if we headed straight back at that point. Once we finished the loop, we did head back. I offered to extend the hike to 12 miles which was what Lloyd was shooting for, but he admitted that he was starting to get tired as we made our way back.

We saw many other hikers on our way. While in MMRP, we saw a few mountain bikers too.

We saw lots of flowers, especially brittlebush and poppies.

The trails were all in good condition, though Danny felt that the East End Trail was a bit loose.
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Jan 21 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Hog Heaven - Tom's Thumb - East End, AZ 
Hog Heaven - Tom's Thumb - East End, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.60 Miles 4,120 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.63 mph
4,120 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
 
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I decided to go do my favorite hike in the McDowell's today -- the Hog Heaven Loop. I was wanting something a little longer though, so I added in a CCW loop on the Tom's Thumb Trail-Windgate Pass Trail-East End Trail. I got this idea from a hike that about half a dozen HAZers did on 12-29-2018.

We did the two loops in a figure 8 pattern, starting and ending at the Tom's Thumb TH. On the Hog Heaven Loop we stopped off and climbed on a few boulders at the Sven Tower I climbing crag. This was fairly easy, non-technical climbing, and we had some good views of Marcus Landslide down below. Once we descended from East End Peak down to the Tom's Thumb Trail, we made our way over to the base of Tom's Thumb. Once we came back up on the East End Trail, we made a sidetrip over to Miner's Den, which is a small cave not far from the East End Trail - Tom's Thumb Trail junction.

I enjoyed this hike -- it gave a good workout and had some nice scenery, especially on the Hog Heaven Loop.
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There were quite a few poppies and brittlebushes in bloom.
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Jan 12 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Toms Thumb Marcus Landslide Loop, AZ 
Toms Thumb Marcus Landslide Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   1.93 mph
1,550 ft AEG
 
1st trip
A nice loop hike on relatively well maintained trails out of the Toms Thumb trailhead. It was a Saturday so the main parking lot was full and the overflow lots were about 2/3 full. Lots of people to chat with on the steep ascent up the Tom's Thumb trail and most were passing me even though I was setting a fairly good pace (for me). A young women was charging up the trail with her male friend lagging behind. I told her "You're kicking his a$$" as she passed by. Need to learn to keep my mouth shut but it turned out OK. She just smiled while he blurted out an excuse "We don't have hills in Texas". The crowd thinned out once I started down the East End Trail and only saw a few hikers and several mountain bikers until getting to the Marcus Landslide trail.
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The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ 
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking12.79 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking12.79 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   2.03 mph
4,046 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Denny and I assembled another Mötley Crüe of Freaks and Geeks for our annual Year End hike.

Chilly/Breezy morning, but the steady to climb to East End, warmed us up.

I'd never been up the Hog Heaven trail to East End Peak, so sampling this geology in the early morning light, was a treat. Little Dave signed us in up top and we took our obligatory group shot with glasses. We slipped our way down to the Toms Thumb Trail where John's 2 buddies split back to the TH. I'll be up here again.

We stopped at the emptied out Ogre's den before heading down East End. East End to the windy Windgate, back to the steady uphill climb up Toms Thumb. After a short side trip to the Outlook, it's all downhill to the TH

Another successful New Years Eve-ish hike in the books.

May you all have a Happy, Healthy, Hiking New Year!
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Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ 
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Hiking12.79 Miles 4,046 AEG
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Coldest desert hike I've been on in quite some time. Balaclava and windbreaker were a must the first few hours. Ron and Gene, my two college buddies, joined us for the Hog Heaven portion of the hike.

Hog heaven is a pretty cool route up to East End Peak. Not too brushy or hard to follow. After descending East End trail and heading over Windgate Pass, we saw some bow hunters at Inspiration point, then three deer five minutes later. The grind up Tom's Thumb trail was better than expected. Always pretty.

We finished up by heading out to Lookout Point then back down to the TH. Great hike. Thanks all. Happy New Year! :)
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Hog Heaven - East End - Tom's Thumb, AZ 
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Hiking16.81 Miles 6,295 AEG
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Sat 7:12 am
Into the deep freeze.

Sat 7:31 am
We contemplated a new rule. When in doubt or lost... split up

Sat 8:02 am
The hog route doesn't dine on pequeño cacahuates, bring your grande huevos or go home!
Conversation goes downhill and the hike goes UP

Sat 10:14 am
East End grippy, not loose and rocky as sign stated.
Well... everything is relative after being high on the hog.
Wally tried pushing the lycium berries. About as tasty as a lithium 9 volt battery :sk:

Sat 12:19 pm
Decent views!
Tom's Thumb trail from Windgate up is a great trail. I'm not a huge McDowell's fan due to the drive but this is worthy.

Sat 12:29 pm
Mica in several areas. Trail goes over a huge discolored quartz vein too.

Sat 1:50 pm
Finished. Great to see everyone. Hog was the lure and enjoyed finally getting to tackle it.

Nice day so I hit up Pie & Echo too. After the tedious footing in the McDowells it was great to be home on solid footing. Busy. Jim & Scott heading down so I got to meet the world famous Gummo!

Sat 4:47 pm
24 hikers @ camelback summit.
Roughly the equivalence of a fifth lap. Picked up the saddle in 6:01, 4:00 is outta my league now. Held fair though the rails. Then slowed it down since I rely heavy on pre/post hike hydration.
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[ Mexican Gold Poppy ] some are a nice darker rich tone
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plenty of other varieties too
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