Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 is part of a network of trails serving the Thumb Butte area. This trail begins in well-shaded pine forest and briefly meanders along the southern bank of Miller Creek before turning sharply and continuing uphill. As this trail climbs into higher country it enters more open terrain and there are some lovely views of the surrounding hills and valleys. At its far end, the trail meets up with Potts Creek Trail #327.
Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 connects with several other trails, which can be combined in different ways to create a variety of loops. One popular route, open to hikers only, is to travel on Trail #326 to its junction with Thumb Butte Spur Trail #314, and then take Trail #314 to the top of Thumb Butte Trail #33. The views from here are spectacular. Hikers can return to the parking area on either leg of Trail #33. This loop is approximately 2.7 miles long. Another route, available to all non-motorized users, is to take this trail to Garden Grove Trail #392. Trail #392 winds downhill to Miller Creek Trail #367, which provides a truly beautiful passage back along Miller Creek to the lower portion of Trail #326. This loop covers roughly 3.7 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 areas where there are many standing snags. Please watch for falling trees and use extra caution in windy conditions.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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