CLIMB TO AN ICONIC LANDFORM
The distinctive pinnacle topping the McDowell Mountains is the destination of the Tom’s Thumb Trail in the Scottsdale McDowell Preserve. The difficult, 1,112-foot uphill slog tops out at the eponymous pill, with sweeping Valley views and endless photo opportunities.
Tom’s Thumb Trailhead: 23015 N. 128th St., Scottsdale
From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Pima Road/Princess Drive exit 36. Continue 5 miles north to Happy Valley Road. Turn right (east) and go 4.1 miles on Happy Valley to Ranch Gate Road. Turn right, go 1.2 miles then turn right onto 128th Street. Continue 1 mile to the signed trailhead. Roads are paved.
Length: 2.3 miles one way to Tom’s Thumb, or 5 miles one way for entire trail
Kid Friendly: NO
Pet Friendly: NO
- To Tom’s Thumb it’s 2,813-3,925 feet
- Entire trail is 2,438-3,925 feet
Best Season: October-April
Facilities: restrooms, horse trailer parking, no water
Hours: sunrise-sunset daily
Photo credit Mare Czinar/PHOENIX