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Marjorie R wrote a review 14 Jan
Overland Park, Kansas, United States8 contributions2 helpful votes
Medium intensity and dog friendly. An advantage is that its not too busy during the week. Beautiful vistas from the top.
Date of experience: January 2021
ladyomaha wrote a review Dec 2020
Omaha, Nebraska345 contributions98 helpful votes
This is a great trail for moderate hikers. Plenty of large boulders to stop and rest on. The last half mile is steep to get to Tom's Thumb. Trails are well marked. Take plenty of water for the hike. Free parking.
Date of experience: December 2020
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C A wrote a review Oct 2020
8 contributions5 helpful votes
Beautiful scenery. Fun walk in the heat. Trails are marked very well. Be sure to bring plenty of water and proper shoes.
Date of experience: October 2020
WanderingWithUsTwo wrote a review Jun 2020
Phoenix, Arizona459 contributions117 helpful votes
The McDowell Mountains sit about 30 minutes north of central Scottsdale. Within the vast park they provide opportunities to bike, ride horses, and hike. One of the most popular trails here is the Tom’s Thumb trail. When we looked up the trailhead on google maps it didn’t send us to the main area. Since there are many residential areas surrounding the park there are several private trail entrances in neighborhoods which is where the directions sent us. We suggest getting the directions and following them until you start seeing signs directing you to the trail and the main parking lot. When we went they were rebuilding the road to the parking lot so they had a bumpy dirt road in the meantime but nothing that you can’t access with any form of vehicle. Since there are many trails that start at this main lot there is plenty of space to park with well over 100 spaces. However, since there are several trails and spaces available it is very popular and can fill up very quickly so it’s best to get in very early or wait until the first wave dies down around 12 or so. There are some restrooms at the entrance along with water but aside from that there are no other amenities along the way. The trail is 2.5 MI (4 KM) and ascends over 1,300 ft (396 M). Along the way there are also areas for rock climbing for those who enjoy that as well and the area is also accessible to mountain biking. The hike is in the sun for a majority of the time and can be difficult on the way up before evening out as you're near the top. From the top you can get panoramic views of the city and get some great photos. Overall, this is a great park with lots to do and not too secluded from the city. We hope to be back and explore some of the other less-popular trails in the near future! - @wanderingwithustwo…
Date of experience: March 2020
Mary Ann E wrote a review Apr 2020
Highlands Ranch, Colorado459 contributions98 helpful votes
We went in the morning in March. It was an open trail, no shade, so it would be very hot at times. Plenty of water is advised! There was a main trail to start, then several trails that come off and I believe it connects to other areas. Rock climbing and trails of various skill levels and distance. The trails are well marked. There are restrooms as the trail head and a drinking fountain. Fairly large parking area.…
Date of experience: March 2020