Bob and I hiked four miles in the Tom’s Thumb area on Friday. We hiked up Mesquite Canyon and then proceeded on the climber’s access trail to a point just past Hog Heaven, nearly to the Thumbnail Pinnacle, for roughly1500 feet of total ascent. We did this hike as an out-and-back; we had planned on making it a loop, but unfortunately made an (energy depleting) wrong turn after Hog Heaven, getting into some fairly difficult terrain. We removed the cairn which led us up the wrong path and added a few more indicating the correct route.
Bob and I hiked up the low angle slabs to the ridge line of the Sven Slab / Sven Tower I area.
Bob, making his way up the bottom-most slab.
Morrell’s Wall and Tom’s Thumb:
I’m not sure what this plant is, but we saw a lot of it growing on the slabs as we made our way up.
I think this might be the very top of Sven Tower III. The Thumbnail Pinnacle is visible in the distance.
Prickly Pear Blossom:
Bob crossing Linda’s “favorite” spot on this hike:
A good view of Marcus Landslide, below. It’s also an expansive view of McDowell Mountain Park.