3 miles
Distance
1,561 ft
Climb
-522 ft
Descent
01:02:01
Avg time

Tom`s Thumb Details

  • Riding Area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year round
  • Global Ranking
    #37078 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Tom's Thumb Trail was not designed or built with mountain bikes in mind. Due to the number of steep switchbacks and their extremely tight radius, it is a frustrating trail to try to on your bike. Not impossible by any means, but most riders will spend significant portions of the trail hiking their bike. If you are still convinced that you want to bike it, try it as a hike first and then make your decision.

Access Info

Trail can be accessed from the west side via Desert Parks or Windgate Pass Trail. On the east side, access via East End Trail.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Tom`s Thumb bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,040 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,435 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,791 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,570 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,610 ft
  • Grade
    6.465%
  • Grade max
    -36.384%
  • Grade min
    57.025%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5,149 ft
  • Distance flat
    334 ft
  • Avg time
    01:02:01
  • Avg reverse time
    01:06:33
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Status:
Avg: 3 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 29 rides
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      Photos

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      Tom`s Thumb, Kelowna

      Routes with this trail

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      AES: McDowell Mtns Long 2015 (Defunct) race
      63 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag WJS1962 (Jan 1, 2018 at 19:58)
       Worst MTB trail, ever. Total hike-a-bike.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag jwind (Jan 7, 2019 at 19:42)
       Many routes have you going up this. I have no idea why. Go down it young padawan. Rough, rowdy and awesome!
      [Reply]

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