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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass Trail - 31 members in 198 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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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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Dec 22 2020
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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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Feb 29 2020
emilystardust
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 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
3,125 ft AEG
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Nov 30 2019
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
jochal
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
3,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
Followed the official route. This half of Tom's Thumb trail is a good one.

Chilly day after a pre-Winter, Winter-like storm moved through.
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Mar 27 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   3.41 mph
3,125 ft AEG
 
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I was way overdue to do this one again. And it did not disappoint. Tons of wildflowers for pretty much the entire loop. There’s an especially nice showing of color on the east end trail. I highly recommend this one right about now.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Dec 29 2018
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ 
Hog Heaven - East End - Toms Thumb, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
rayhuston
Hiking12.79 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking12.79 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.99 mph
4,046 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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1st trip
Denny and Bruce invited me along on their end of year hike. It was chilly and breezy for most of the hike, but the beautiful blue sky more than made up for the chill. This hike has it all: fun scrambles, lots of up and down, tremendous geology and variety, beautiful views with a few nice stretches where you can actually take advantage of the views.

This is not an easy hike. In fact, it kicked me sideways. It was a struggle to finish, but the scenery and company more than made up for it. I had an absolutely wonderful time.

Bruce and Denny, thank you again for the invitation. Dave, John, Joe and Wally, great to see you all again. Happy New Year!
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Dec 29 2018
wallyfrack
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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
joebartels
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 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
 
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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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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 18 2018
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
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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Tom's Thumb
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Mar 26 2018
Daytripper
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2018
Daytripper
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,839 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.48 mph
2,839 ft AEG      40 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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Decided to try a hike outside the Goldfields and Superstitions as the nice weather departs. Had hiked to Tom’s thumb and the lookout from the Tom’s Thumb trailhead and its definitely more difficult from this trailhead. The lot was packed except about a 1/2 dozen spots when I arrived at 9am.Trail was crowded until the junction of Windgate Pass trail and Tom’s thumb. The springs was going like a firehose, quite surprising considering the lack of rain . On arriving to the useful digit it was apparent spring break is in progress,I don’t think the falcons are getting much rest. Took 2:20 to get to the thumb took a long snack break there.Skipped the lookout since I had been there ,on beginning the east end trail the crowd disappeared and saw no one else until near inspiration point.The east end trail was a fall waiting to happen and I went quite slowly down this ,but did enjoy the views toward Fountain Hills,Weavers Needle and the Superstitions.The last of the hike was tedious as I developed a back spasm near inspiration point that caused me to list to the right,even carrying the pack on the left shoulder only a short ways did not help. Kept feeling like I might drift off the right side of the trail.Overall enjoyable hike in the mild temps until the finish on Gateway loop.as I was having trouble walking by the end.
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Feb 24 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking12.75 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking12.75 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   3.40 mph
3,125 ft AEG
 
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Absolutely beautiful day out on the trails today. Up at the top of Lookout a couple just got engaged so they had me take their picture. He proposed right there at the edge of the rocks. Pretty cool.
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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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Nov 15 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking12.58 Miles 3,269 AEG
Hiking12.58 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   3.27 mph
3,269 ft AEG
 
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Tried to tempt Joe into doing Weavers Needle with me today but he wasn't a taker. Working on some software updates or some other lame excuse like that. So I resorted to this oldie but goodie! Weather was perfect and the trails were in excellent shape. I see they put up some new signs since my last visit.

Always nice to hike the McDowells.
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The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
McDowell Balloon, AZ 
McDowell Balloon, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,631 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.57 mph
2,631 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Needed to stay in town. This is my go to area for in town, time crunched hikes.
Temps were nice to begin and a bit warm at the end for this cowboy.
Breezes kept it decent most of the day.

All the beautiful people were out today.
Saw a young couple with 2 toddlers in baby backpacks in 100 degree temps, 3 miles from the TH going up as I was going down.
Not sure how smart that was. But didn't see them on the news last night.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mountain Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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 Mesa, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking12.19 Miles 2,918 AEG
Hiking12.19 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   3.87 mph
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The spring was just about dry, I didn't see any water but still plenty of visitors there looking for water.

Made really good time all the way to Windgate pass, just a little over 2 hours. Had an annoying knot in the muscle I strained a few years back playing kickball that caused me to pull up the rest of the way.

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Jun 03 2017
syoung
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking12.18 Miles 2,915 AEG
Hiking12.18 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   3.62 mph
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Started off around 5:45. I think this might be my go to summer distance hike as the shade afforded by the mountain is invaluable during the climb. The spring was just puddling today; only sound coming from it was from all the wildlife hunkered over it.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mountain Spring Dripping Dripping
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May 28 2017
syoung
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syoung
Hiking12.29 Miles 3,225 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   3.74 mph
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That little mountain spring was going. I have only been out here once before, a few months back, but I don't recall seeing it before. Ran into John on the way down and we chatted a bit about our upcoming Kilimanjaro trip; it is getting close. I made the same mistake again when hopping onto East End. I turned at the signed intersection and followed the trail a short ways but then quickly realized the trail was about a 100 feet to my right. Ah well.
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May 28 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking12.52 Miles 3,114 AEG
Hiking12.52 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   3.35 mph
3,114 ft AEG
 
Saw lots of folks when I started around 8:40AM including Sam a couple miles in. Saw very few on the second half of the loop and almost nobody when I finished up around 12:30PM. Maybe because it was 101 degrees out at that time? :lol:
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JuanJaimeiii
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.01 Miles 3,339 AEG
Hiking13.01 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   3.31 mph
3,339 ft AEG
 
Had to take care of some business this morning up at the Scottsdale JJ's. Afterwards it seemed like a good day to do something in the McDowell's. I was originally just going to go to Tom's Thumb as an out and back but decided to make the loop plus hit the lookout.

Apparently the Falcons are nesting right now so signs are up to be quiet around the base of the Thumb and no access to the North side.

Trail maintenance crews were out working on the various trails and they are doing a fine job I might add. :y:
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JuanJaimeiii
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking12.39 Miles 3,121 AEG
Hiking12.39 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   3.49 mph
3,121 ft AEG
 
Had to do a little maintenance on the Scottsdale Restaurant this morning. Afterwards I took advantage of this amazing weather and did the Tom's Thumb Loop. Still lots of wild flowers and the brittle bush is in full bloom.
Looks like they are doing some trail maintenance out there on the East End Trail.
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