Overview: Garden Grove Trail #392 is part of a network of trails serving the Thumb Butte area. This trail begins in well-shaded pine forest and crosses Miller Creek as well as a number of drainages that carry water in early spring. A variety of wildflowers can be seen in these areas, along with the birds and insects that pollinate them. This trail begins to switchback up a ridge about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead. The climb is short, but somewhat steep. It levels out again in oak and juniper woodland where it ends at its junction with Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 and Circle Connection Trail #322.
This trail connects with other trails that can be combined to create a variety of loops. One suggested route, available to all non-motorized users, is to travel Trail #392 to Trail #326. Take Trail #326 northeast as it winds downhill to Miller Creek Trail #367, which provides a truly beautiful passage back along Miller Creek to the beginning of the Garden Grove Trail #392. This loop covers roughly 3.5 miles. This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users--slow down and know when to yield the trail. Portions of the trail pass through burned areas. Watch for loose rocks and falling snags. Use extra caution in windy conditions.
One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
6:02am - 6:58pm
Oct, Apr, May, Sep
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry
Forest Prescott National Forest Pass
Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.
To hike From downtown Prescott, travel west on Gurley Street (becomes Thumb Butte Road) for 3.4 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area, on the right. Continue on Thumb Butte Road for another 0.9 miles to the trailhead on the left. Parking is along the side of the road. There is room for 2-3 vehicles. The road condition is paved, then graded dirt. It is suitable for all vehicles.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.