Tom’s Thumb, in Scottsdale, was another steep hike we did with lots of switch backs. Being our last hike, this turned out to be our favorite one along with Cathedral Rock. A much less crowded trail and nicely groomed, I didn’t have to worry so much about jagged rocks like I did on Piestewa Peak. This hike was a little longer at 5 miles roundtrip and about the same elevation gain as Piestewa Peak but not as taxing on my ankle.
The goal of the hike was to reach Tom’s Thumb, a towering slab of rock that resembles a thumb. It took us some time to find the leading trail to Tom’s Thumb because once you get close, there are no signs to point you in that direction.
Alas, we finally reached the thumb and explored the area and views around there.