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Tom’s Thumb

Published on April 6, 2010 by

The one time I summited Tom’s Thumb, was on January 28th, 1996. Murdock and I climbed the thumb via Treiber’s Deception route. Before our rappel off the top, we scribbled a few comments about Super bowl XXX, which was occurring across town in Tempe, AZ. The 150 foot tall Tom’s Thumb is named after Tom Kreuser, an earlier-era, Arizona rock climber.
Over the last decade, I thought Tom’s Thumb and the whole North end of the McDowells would be lost to million-dollar homeowners, but the town of Scottsdale established the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and created a rich network of rock climber, hiker and mountain biker trails. These paths are demanding yet smooth.
I recommend sampling these trails as soon as possible, while the desert is still moist and colorful from this wet winter.
We parked at the new 128th street parking lot and did a clockwise-lollipop loop consisting of Tom’s Thumb, East End and Windgate Pass Trails. This 13 mile ride took us about 3.5 hours. I’m fairly sure that we did not lollygag along. I might be a lollygagger but I was with Dara and she was fresh off another Squealer win – so I am gonna say that we did not lollygag. 13 miles in 3.5 hours! Yeah these are steep demanding trails.
Happy spring everyone!

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  1. How cool! I used to climb that area in the late 80s. Haven’t been there in forever and just figured the creep would have overcome it by now. Scottsdale has some good things going for it 😉

  2. nice pics. you guys picked a great weekend to visit. gonna try to hit the Thumb next weekend.

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