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Tom's Thumb - Arizona, United States

by MTBikeAZ  
with a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx
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Story:
First ride up Toms Thumb...

From Gateway Lot > Desert Park > Windgate > Toms Thumb >> East End > Windmill > Bell Pass > Gateway > Horseshoe > Desert Park > Gateway Lot.

Toms Thumb is quite the awesome adventure. It's steep and the switchbacks make it even tougher. It's all rideable. I made about half the switchbacks but never walked any of the pitches. In short, a sweet climb that is comparable to Goat Camp XC but even steeper.

East End is a freaking roller coaster down from the Thumb. Tight, steep, loose, and did I say steep? I took helmet cam all the way down. It was downright scary in spots...will I do it again?? Heck ya. I haven't had a thrill like that in a long while.

The climb up Bell pas was beautiful. Sustained but not nearly as steep, it makes up for it in tech. Plenty of rocks. Descending the chunk on Bell was awesome.


Tips:
Bring yrou A+ game if you want to climb Tom's Thumb. Leave your brain at home if you want to descend East End.
Tags:
Toms Thumb, mcdowell, desert park, windgate, bell pass, toms, east end
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Comments (3)
randyharris
Very nice, going to go find your video now.
by randyharris on Dec 30, 2009
was
sweet!
by was on Dec 05, 2009
kozik
nice writeup!!
by kozik on Dec 05, 2009
Trip Info
December 04, 2009
Trip Location: DC Ranch, Arizona, United States
Length: 13.2 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Activity: Mountain biking
Trip viewed 4,555 times
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