Bob and I hiked in the Tom’s Thumb area on Friday. We hiked perhaps 7 miles with a total ascent of 2500 feet.
View from parking lot just before 6:00am:
Bob, starting his scramble up the next low angle slab of granite:
Morrell’s Wall on the left and Tom’s Thumb to the right.
I don’t know what these are, but we saw patches of them growing in thin soil atop the granite on the way up. We took care not to step on them. This patch is near the top.
A view from near the top of Sven Tower I:
The Thumbnail Pinnacle looks a long way off in this photo. We ended up hiking past Sven Towers II and III on our way to the trail to Hog Heaven.
A view of McDowell Mountain Park. The Boulder Trail and the Marcus Landslide Trail can be seen below.
I was surprised to see some blooming Globemallow flowers on our way up to Hog Heaven.
This photo is for Linda. (The route goes across the tops of these boulders.)
Looking up at the walls of Hog Heaven:
This is the main wall at the Hog Heaven climbing area:
We had passed the Thumbnail Pinnacle at this point. The brush was a lot thicker than the last time we were here. I took this photo while procrastinating about pushing through the brush.
As we approached the East End, the highest point in the McDowells, we saw two people already there!
A blooming prickly pear cactus with Tom’s Thumb in the background.
A view of Pinnacle Peak.