Keep Quiet, Falcons are Nesting
McDowell Mountains is the closest mountain range to the greater Phoenix area. In fact, they are just neighboring the town of Scottsdale and this hike best illustrates that, with its trailhead located just at the edge of town. Tom's Thumb trail takes the hiker about 1000 feet (~300m) above the valley floor to some great views of the Phoenix area.
The climb starts shortly after departing the parking lot, but not before taking in the many spring wildflowers dotting the landscape.
Flora and fauna are just as diverse...