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Tom’s Thumb Professional Review and Guide
"The H-3 Loop in Thunderbird Park offers a great beginner’s hike. This scenic trail takes visitors up the northernmost Hedgpeth Hill and provides ample open views of the city and surrounding mountains. During certain springs, golden brittlebush blossoms completely cover the Hedgpeth Hills."
--Charles Liu, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is one of my favorite hikes. There is no water at the trailhead, though there are restrooms. The first 45 minutes of the hike is fairly steep...fantastic views.......then it sort of levels off and the rest of the hike to the thumb is great. Once you get up to the base of the thumb, you might be treated with a few rope climbers scaling to the top. If not, just sit back and take in the views. Right next to the trailhead is the trail to Marcus landslide.
Great morning hike with my brother on Father's Day. Definitely will go again.
I agree with all the other reviewers. This is a fine "first time" trail or one to just get out and enjoy the outdoors. Each trail gives you some nice views of the surrounding area. It is suprising how far you can see from these trails, but keep in mind these trails are busy and your views are mostly of the suburbs as opposed to the wilds.
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