Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Tom’s Thumb to Gateway Day Hike
when Trip Report : December 23, 2017
  Trip Report : January 29, 2011
where McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale
the hike     This is a good chance to hike some of the trails at the back of the preserve that people don’t get to as often. The first leg is a steady, steep climb with great views along the way and at the top. Tom’s Thumb is a prominent granite bump in the McDowell Mountain preserve, easily visible from the Scottsdale area. We can check out Tom’s Thumb for a bit before heading down the steep East End trail, which loses more elevation than we just gained – losing 1,041 ft in just 1.27 miles.
But wait, there’s more! We then trek upwards again (635 ft. elev gain) to Bell Pass, before heading down the rest of the way (1413 ft. elev. loss) to the trailhead.
    No auto shuttle! Two parties will start in opposite directions from the trailheads, meet in the middle for lunch and exchange of car keys.
distance 10 miles
time 6-8 hours
EC +1512' -2454' elevation change
elevations 2716' (Tom’s Thumb trailhead), up to 3610' (East End), down to 2569' (Jct. Windmill Trail), up to 3204' (Bell Pass), down to 1,791' (Gateway trailhead)
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
on trail 100% — Tom’s Thumb, East End, Bell Pass and Gateway trails
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
weather Scottsdale
meet 7:00 AM at the Desert Village Shopping Center, 23359 N. Pima Rd in Scottsdale.

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