1.6 miles
130 ft
-939 ft
Avg time

Tom`s Thumb Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

This is the shortest/steepest way to ascend/descend the McDowell mountain ridge. If you choose to climb this, you're looking at 1 to 1.5 miles of hike-a-bike, depending on your tolerance for mounting up for short distance efforts. The trail is more appropriate as a descent, though it is by no means easy. What makes it tough are the too-tight switchbacks and the kitty litter trail surface. Rocks are not much of an issue. The trail is heavily hiked, especially on weekends, and the trail is not generally wide enough for comfortable passage.

Access Info

Tom's Thumb trailhead--this leads to the climb. To access the descent (w/o the climb), climb the Tom's Thumb trail on the W side of the ridge, most likely from the Gateway trailhead.

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More Stats for Tom`s Thumb mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -809 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,801 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,684 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,610 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,801 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    918 ft
  • Distance down
    1.4 miles
  • Distance flat
    188 ft
  • Avg time
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Oct 24, 2014 @ 1:13pm
Oct 24, 2014
Tom`s Thumb, Scottsdale

Routes with this trail

AES McDowell Mtns Long 2015 race
62.9 miles

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