Give it a crank
I want to ride Tom's Thumb Trail in the McDowell's this weekend. Is it mostly rideable or mostly unrideable? I'm likely to try it anyway, not afraid of hike-a-bike.
the descent is tough but all gettable. its not gnarly, but very steep and very tight switchbacks, with dust-on-crust now for sure.Mtn-Rider said:Thanks, TT and DP are the 2 trails I haven't done in the McD's yet. One ride linking up both trails could be a good ride. I've done Bell Pass from the west and wished I had a super-granny gear, but didn't mind hiking the last 300+ feet of altitude. TT goes up higher and can only be worse (a.k.a. nicer scenery.) I use a second 100 oz. camelback on rides like that, it's heavy but it keeps the wheels rolling. The descent on EE trail has to be nasty, it's marked as being 1.5 miles and shows on the map as about the same distance of 0.9 miles to WP.
Thanks but the map does not show what I'm referrring to. I guess I did not do a good job of explaining myself. There are several 'side trails' not on the map.chollaball said:mtn-rider - if you have ridden some of the McDs climbs and have a basis for comparison, you should be able to figure out if this is for you. Otherwise, i would seriously urge you to wait for fall. TT takes about 50% longer than Windgate, and about 2x Sunrise (west to east on all of them). The back side is pretty remote and gets very toasty, its also a tricky XC descent. Its takes me 2.5 round trip from the Bashas to do TT-Bell - I'm about average speed. There is no water, and no shade once you are about 1 hr into the ride.
other dude - http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/trails/trails+images/Preserve+Trails+Overview.pdf
this may help or hinder but when i rode the trail with Joey we took the west side of the mountain. there is a building with a 3d map under glass that shows the trails...Tom's thumb is rated as a difficult hike from that side so that is kinda what you get for riding...loose a good portion up then a killer set of switchbacks...good place to practice the tight ones and they are steep as everyone has said. Totally worth it from either side i would say. The climb is not impossible but definitely tough climbing. :thumbsup:Mtn-Rider said:I looked at the color park map with the trail elevation profiles on the back, TT is certainly a long climb up the west side and very steep coming down. Still, it looks like the kind of challenge I have to go for.
Which main trail and main parking lot is truble911 talking about? "To the left looking south" is called east on this planet. I have no idea what you're talking about, hard to tell where too.
You answered my question. Thanks so much!!Raybum said:I'm assuming you're talking about the TT parking area that is accessed on the north side, from 128th street... if that's the one you're speaking of, the trail to the right it the main trail as you said. The one to the left does not hook up with the main trail although I think it goes around the east side of the mtn. Bottom line, is that the main trail from there, although not as long and as much elevation as the trail up the west side, it's steep and pretty much kitty litter (decomposed granite over hardpan).
There's a map from Global Bikes that has the trails on both sides of the McDowell's, including the one you're asking about, looks like it's called Rock Knob. Here's the web version of their map:I've done a poor job of explaining myself. When you pull into the TT parking area to your right is the main trailhead...well marked. Just before the main parking area is another trail to the left. I saw some mtn. bikers here last time I hiked TT.
My questions is - what is the trail to the left? Does it hook up with the main TT trail system? Is it an easier climb?
It's more than that I believe. It takes an hour just to push your bike up east end. I wondered which trail would be best to go down: East End or Toms Thumb. I chose TT. Wait for fall weather though. Brianfire said:I like to ride up Bell from the west side, go north to and up East Trail some riding (20 min hike a bike) then down Toms Thumb and out Windgate. Very nice loop with lots of fun down hill 2.5 to 3 hrs. Be safe.