Tom's Thumb from Gateway
ElevationAscent: 2,591' 790 m
Descent: -2,588' -789 m
High: 3,777' 1,151 m
Low: 1,695' 517 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“Great views of Scottsdale with challenging elevation and technical trail.”— Tom Dobson
After a couple of minor climbs, the Gateway Loop Trail will roll for a couple miles and then meet the start of the Windgate Pass Trail at about mile 2. Head up the Windgate Pass Trail over a couple minor climbs and rollers past the Horseshoe Trail until you meet up with the Tom Thumb Trail intersection at about mile #3. Take a left and start down a lazy downhill rumble around the valley and then start back uphill just after the stream crossing.
There are a couple mines off to the right that look dangerous and smell funny...just sayin'.
From the stream crossing, you've got about a mile and a half of steady climbing on switchbacks and smooth trail. This is the toughest part of the climb and the elevation pours on. Breath hard and it'll be over soon.
At the top of the climb, Tom Thumb appears. From there it's a quick mile across the meadow to the feature. Turn around and run home following the signs to the Horseshoe Trail and back to the trailhead.
This is an awesome run. Enjoy!
Land Manager: City of Scottsdale