Following our successful Bay Area community hikes, we’re heading out of town in March for a special 5.6-mile desert hike in Arizona's glorious McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This time we’re tackling the moderately challenging Tom’s Thumb Trail and will strike out on a path that leads to the rocky granite pinnacle of Tom’s Thumb itself, which affords wonderful views over the Valley of the Sun. At this time of year, you’re likely to find many wildflowers strewn amongst the boulders—poppies, lupines, globemallow, owlsclover, and much more—as well as nesting wrens, prairie falcons and John's favorite critters, lizards. Those who’d like to extend the hike can take a 1-mile spur to the Lookout. Overall, this exciting hike is a great way to get out on the trail with like-minded adventurers in Arizona, and give back to a great local conservation cause, the Audubon Society. We look forward to exploring with you!
Hike starts: 10am Saturday Mar 25th, 2017 — the group will meet at the Tom's Thumb Trailhead, please click here for directions
Hike ends: 2:30pm
Total distance: 5 to 6 miles
Suggested donation: $20 (Donation to be made to the Audubon Society's Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project on behalf of the hikers and MTS; and will offset the cost of your day hiking permit and lunch on the hike)
Email to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waiver details: Prior to the hike, all participants will be required to sign a standard liability waiver — click here to preview and download
In addition to John Baston, Custom Trip Specialist for Alaska and North America, you'll also be accompanied by Tanya Rinaldi (Program Director for Africa, North America, and the Pacific regions), and Kimberly Daley (CEO of Mountain Travel Sobek).