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Apr 27 2019
BiFrost
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49 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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57 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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1st trip
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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73 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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Dec 29 2018
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 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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Dec 29 2018
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ 
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
johnlp
Hiking12.79 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking12.79 Miles
4,046 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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Dec 29 2018
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Hog Heaven - East End - Tom's Thumb, AZ 
Hog Heaven - East End - Tom's Thumb, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
joebartels
Hiking16.81 Miles 6,295 AEG
Hiking16.81 Miles   9 Hrs   4 Mns   2.23 mph
6,295 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
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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Lots of Brittlebush & [ Parish's goldeneye ]
[ Mexican Gold Poppy ] some are a nice darker rich tone
[ Chuparosa ]
plenty of other varieties too
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Dec 29 2018
wallyfrack
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Hog Heaven-East End-Toms Thumb, AZ 
Hog Heaven-East End-Toms Thumb, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
wallyfrack
Hiking12.79 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking12.79 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   1.91 mph
4,046 ft AEG
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1st trip
It was chilly at the start but the steep climb got our blood flowing. Once the route hiking was done the trail seemed easy. There are sections in the sun with no breeze that felt warm then around the bend it the shade with the wind it was cold again. There were goji berries everywhere. While not everyone is a fan of the berry train, I likem. In summary a tough hike with good people and good views to end 2018 and usher in 2019. Happy New Year!
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Dec 29 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ 
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking12.79 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking12.79 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   2.03 mph
4,046 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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1st trip
Another end of the year hike with Bruce and some of his posse. Lp even brought a couple college buddies. Cool they stay in touch. Dave never ages, Wally brings the best props, Joe’s bitter berry face is 🤣 Ray seems to be all healed up, Bruce did this on a sprained ankle. Great hike and company albeit a lot more than my norm. Ouch! Thanks gentlemen. Always enjoy these hikes!! Safety first. Happy New Year! You rock!
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Dec 07 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.92 Miles 2,146 AEG
Hiking10.92 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.85 mph
2,146 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Laura joined me for a Friday morning (into afternoon) hike in the McDowells.

Starting from Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we started on Tom's Thumb Trail and then took the first climber's access trail to the right. This took us to the ridge on which the Thumb is situated and took us past this prominence. (This is part of the Lost Wall Loop.) When we reached Tom's Thumb Trail again, we turned left and then right onto the East End Trail where we descended until the end of the trail intersecting the Windmill Trail. We continued left on Windmill, then left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, and right on Marcus Landslide. When we got to the intersection with Feldspar, I bid goodbye to Laura and continued on Feldspar and then back on Tom's Thumb. (Tacking on Feldspar at the end of this loop adds perhaps an extra mile of distance.)

When I had last hiked the climber's access trail for the Lost Wall Loop, I got lost midway along. That didn't happen today - I figured out where I went wrong last time and did not repeat that mistake.

The trails were all somewhat damp after last night's rain, but that seemed to improve things somewhat - they didn't feel quite as loose as they normally do.

I saw some evidence of recent erosion on a few trails - in one spot on Tom's Thumb Trail, I saw some exposed wire mesh used to reinforce the trail. East End was somewhat loose and eroded, but I sort of like it that way. It didn't seem much worse (or better) than the last time I did it.

We saw some poppies, brittlebush, and chuparosa along the way. I think I got a photo of a bee on some brittlebush.
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Brittlebush, chuparosa, poppies.
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Nov 09 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Hog Heaven Extended Loop, AZ 
Hog Heaven Extended Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.67 Miles 2,464 AEG
Hiking10.67 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.03 mph
2,464 ft AEG      30 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Ben, Marilyn, Nora, and Kay joined me for a hike of most of the Hog Heaven Loop. We visited the East End Peak and continued back to Tom's Thumb Trail. At that junction, the rest of the group finished the Hog Heaven Loop by returning to the trailhead via Tom's Thumb Trail. I added on a few more miles... Down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, right on Marcus landslide, right on Caballo, which brought me back to the trailhead.

I had mentioned that I had a hard time finding the trail in a few spots on my hike of the Lost Wall Loop a few weeks ago. This wasn't a problem on the Hog Heaven Loop, though it is easy to get off route if you're not paying attention. I found the route finding to be easier than normal on this hike.

Recent rains seem to have firmed up the climber's access trails which make up the Hog Heaven Loop. It seemed less treacherous than normal.

I had been up the East End Trail two weeks ago. The descent seemed looser than expected, but then that aspect of things is often easier when going uphill.

The rest of the trails were in good condition. I noticed a couple of (recently made) bypasses around some erosion on Marcus Landslide.

After crossing over to MMRP, I noticed a bunch of pink ribbons attached to vegetation with clothespins. I think these mark the route for the upcoming horse event in MMRP - Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way.
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Oct 26 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Toms Thumb-Windgate-Windmill-East End - MSP, AZ 
Toms Thumb-Windgate-Windmill-East End - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.44 Miles 3,186 AEG
Hiking10.44 Miles
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1st trip
Linda and Kathy joined me for Friday's hike. Starting from Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we started off on the Lost Wall Loop, but extended the loop by turning left (instead of right which goes directly back to the TH). This took us to the Scottsdale side of the McDowells. We then turned onto Windgate, went over the pass and down to Windmill. A short hike on Windmill delivered us to East End Trail, where we (slowly) made our way back up again. On the way back down Tom's Thumb Trail, we hit most of the overlooks along the way since this was Kathy's first time hiking this area.

Linda, who is a Preserve Steward, brought her saw along and pruned a downed tree which was projecting a branch out into the Trail on the Scottsdale side. (I moved the branch that she cut off. Kathy did one too.)

We met up with Anika again, though she was hiking this time. (Anika is a phenomenal trail runner. I don't actually know the correct spelling of her name; I'm just guessing.)

We saw a bunch of other hikers too when we hit Tom's Thumb Trail on the way back. Up to that point, we hadn't seen that many people during the day.

Edit/update:

One thing I forgot to mention is the condition of the trails...

The climber's access trail leading to the ridge NNW of Tom's Thumb is quite eroded in spots. Despite a fairly good familiarity with this trail, I lost my way twice. It sort of felt like doing it back when it was new when it was difficult to follow.

Tom's Thumb Trail on the Scottsdale side seemed rockier than I remember. I don't do this section often, however, maybe once or twice per year. I don't have a clear recollection of its condition when I last did it in July. Tom's Thumb Trail on east side is also eroded in spots, but descending it didn't feel any harder than normal. In fact, it may have been easier than normal due to the water scouring off the loose stuff that's normally slippery underfoot.

East End is somewhat eroded, but then it always is. I thought it was fine.

Windgate Pass Trail and Windmill Trail were both in pretty good shape.
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Aug 31 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-EE-TT - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-EE-TT - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,804 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.33 mph
1,804 ft AEG      30 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linda and I did a 10+ mile loop for our Friday morning hike.

Starting from Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we hiked Marcus Landslide, turned left onto Boulder, which took us into MMRP. Following Boulder to its eastern end, we then turned right onto Pemberton and right again onto Coachwhip. The Windmill Trail took us back into MSP where we turned right onto the East End Trail. It had gotten warm and it was slow going up the East End Trail, but we eventually got to Tom's Thumb Trail. Once there, we turned left to see if we could see the remains of a deer that had been killed, possibly by a mountain lion, earlier in the week. Linda knew approximately where it should have been, but we didn't see anything aside from a bit of fur. We weren't really sure whether that was part of the kill or not. We returned to the parking lot via Tom's Thumb Trail.

We considered going onto Tom's Thumb, the pinnacle, and then possibly down the Lost Wall Loop, but we decided against it since Linda was running low on water. I had finished my first reservoir while coming up East End and was, by then, partway through my second.

We saw a rattlesnake along the way - it was angry about being disturbed. We also saw some caterpillars digging holes. We spotted several lizards; one posed for me - I think I may have gotten a good photo. We also saw a number of flowers including Datura, Arizona Poppy, and one which Linda told me was Devil's Claw.
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Jul 04 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop plus - MSP, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop plus - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.23 Miles 3,123 AEG
Hiking11.23 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.12 mph
3,123 ft AEG      5 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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I like the climber's access trail that forms the interesting part of the Lost Wall Loop. It allows us to turn lasso hikes utilizing Tom's Thumb Trail into (more of) a loop hike. That's what I did (again) today...

For today's hike, I started off on the Lost Wall Loop. When I hit Tom's Thumb Trail (after passing Tom's Thumb, the pinnacle), I turned right (west) which took me to the Scottsdale side of things. I returned via Windgate, Windmill, East End, and Tom's Thumb Trail. When I got near the bottom, I added on an extra mile by doing Feldspar, Marcus Landslide, and Caballo.

I got an early start, so was able to hike in the shade when I got to the west side of the mountain. Hiking up East End was hard - it's steep and the breeze was mostly at my back, so I didn't feel it much. Thankfully, the higher I got, the breezier it got, so it did eventually make a difference.

I saw a bunch of other hikers and even one mountain biker who was somehow managing to ride his bike up Tom's Thumb Trail (from the Scottsdale side). I didn't see as many people as I was expecting though.
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Jun 29 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2018
KBKB
Hiking9.95 Miles 1,929 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.57 mph
1,929 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Linda and I hiked an extended version of the Lost Wall Loop.

Starting from Tom's Thumb TH, we hiked Tom's Thumb to the first climber's access trail to the right, starting the Lost Wall Loop. We hiked this trail up to the ridge and then past Tom's Thumb which eventually took us back to the Tom's Thumb Trail.

Instead of returning to the parking lot via Tom's Thumb Trail, we instead went down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, and right on Marcus Landslide.

We saw Anika, a very fit trail runner who I've encountered several times in the past, as she was coming up the East End Trail. We chatted for a few minutes. She had a 22 mile run planned for the day! I'm amazed that she can do it with just a single water bottle tucked into the waistband of her running shorts.

As usual, trail conditions in this area are very good, though of course everything is really dry. The dry conditions caused both of us to slip a few times as we descended the East End Trail.
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Jun 02 2018
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb - Bell Pass Loop, AZ 
Tom's Thumb - Bell Pass Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
BiFrost
Hiking12.20 Miles 3,164 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   2.45 mph
3,164 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Wanted to stay close to home this weekend and good chance to test our heat acclimation skills. It was hot but there is definitely another heat level that will be here soon :sweat: Lots of people on the trail early but was empty by the time we finished about 1pm.
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Jun 02 2018
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 Phoenix,AZ
Tom's Thumb - Bell Pass Loop, AZ 
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slowandsteady
Hiking12.20 Miles 3,164 AEG
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May 04 2018
KBKB
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Tom's Thumb-Marcus Landslide area loop, AZ 
Tom's Thumb-Marcus Landslide area loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.66 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking10.66 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.60 mph
1,900 ft AEG      30 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linda and Marlee joined me for a nearly 11 mile loop in the McDowells.

Starting at Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we hiked up Tom's Thumb Trail, went down East End, continued east one Windmill and then Coachwhip, turned left onto Pemberton, and left again on Boulder. When we hit the Marcus Landslide Trail, we turned left to do the interpretive loop before heading back to the trailhead.

We saw a number of other trail users on Tom's Thumb and Marcus Landslide, but not many on the other trails.

No snakes today, but we did see a number of bunnies. We also saw a deer as we were starting out.
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Jan 23 2018
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 23 2018
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Hiking13.59 Miles 3,534 AEG
Hiking13.59 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.01 mph
3,534 ft AEG      32 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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 phoenix, az
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.91 Miles 3,366 AEG
Hiking12.91 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   3.30 mph
3,366 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
haven't done this combo in two and a half years
it's a good one
needed double digits with some aeg as i'll probably be working the next two sundays
'tis the season
got going around nine
gateway loop :next: bell pass :next: east end :next: the lookout :next: tom's thumb :next: windgate :next: gateway
counterclockwise so i could go up east end
temps were fine, but the wind added some chill at the passes and high points
couldn't stay at the lookout
wasn't very crowded once off gateway loop
had fun on an old favorite

forgot to mention that i came up on @darthstiller and his family hiking gateway loop
how could i tell? no one else has pants like that
nice to meet you, chris!

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