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Butte Connection Trail #323, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,186 feet
Elevation Gain -249 feet
Accumulated Gain 1 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.65
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7  2019-04-20
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce
The_Eagle
20  2018-05-12
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop
BiFrost
15  2017-05-06
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop
The_Eagle
23  2017-05-06
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop
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Sun  6:18am - 6:27pm
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2012-11-20

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Butte Connection Trail #323
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    Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop
    Aspen Creek #48 2nd Fav!
    The hike started out with a babbling creek and towering happy pines. A mile out-n-back on this would suit 94%. We only hiked 1.5 miles of the 6 mi before heading off trail. It appears pines are with you for the top 3 miles of this gem.

    Mt Francis Area
    My legs are still screamin' tender from Gun Creek mafia style beatings so I wasn't thrilled about any offtrail. I put my health aside and tried to lighten up. We both got lucky, it was pretty easy to the towers around 7,100 ft. Great views. Didn't hit the official peak a smidgen higher.

    West Spruce #264, Williams Peak
    Roughly a 2.4 mi walk to West Spruce. Passed a couple dozen Whiskey Row Marathon runners. Most were crawling with running arm gestures. All were friendly and returned hellos!

    We only hiked a little of West Spruce before following a fading road to Williams Peak just over 7,000 ft. Bruce had a final offtrail piece that didn't look good so he changed the loop a bit to accomodate my well being. If I've said it once I've said it a million times, nice guy!

    Thumb Butte bypass #326
    We followed FR373 about 2.4 mi then 0.25 mi on FR51 to the end of Thumb Butte bypass #326 nary a crowd has seen. Most loops in the South Butte Area would include this trail in part or whole. If you do not require bells-n-whistles like peaks, creeks nor a destination this is mighty fine tall pine hiking.

    Garden Grove #392 1st Fav!
    We hiked this top to bottom. Views of Granite Mountain are majestic. Meadowish in the middle with I'm guessing a seasonal creek that is a tributary to Miller Creek. Sold!

    Interestingly I hiked this downhill seven years ago with @JimmyLyding and sorta met an idol
    The day before I hiked with johnr1 to Miller Peak
    The previous day was my first outta town hike with The_Eagle
    Days earlier I hiked with Groth, SuperstitionGuy and the world famous AndreyP


    Miller Creek #367
    According to FS stelprd3811790.pdf we did not hike this trail. It's up for debate. Bruce included it. He claimed a peak last week we didn't summit either. I'm only correct 4% of the of the time and might have a 10% shot at this one so pardon the gloat.

    Thumb Butte Trail #33 3rd Fav!
    Wow my first hike on this iconic crowd pleaser. It has a 1960's National Park quality feel.

    Potts Creek #327 & Cold Springs #393
    Great perkless tall pine stolling.

    Synopsis
    It was nice to hike the mythical lure of dancing pines on a cool spring day most seek.
    Butte Connection Trail #323
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    Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop
    After last weeks hike/injures, Joe asked me to put together Something "On Trail" and "No Water".

    I drew up the Scottsdale Green Belt, he complained "Too Much Water".
    So back to the drawing board.

    I picked an area in Prescott, West and South of Thumb Butte and put together some choices.

    There are tons of trails up here, most in the pines, most on friendly grades and well marked trails. Real Trails.

    After making our way through the detours associated with the now in progress Whiskey Row Marathon, we started at the Aspen Creek Trailhead.

    Aspen Creek #48
    What a gem in the pines. We were only on it for 1.6 miles before starting our only off trail section. I want to hit the rest of this trail sometime.

    Climb to Mt. Francis Area
    .4 mile and 300' AEG off trail to get to an old Forrest Road climbing to the towers around the Mt Francis area. At 7100+ there are great 360 views.

    Sierra Prieta Overlook, West Spruce #264, Williams Peak
    FR373 took us over to the overlook. We passed scattered runners from the marathon. Great views of Copper Basin and Skull Valley. [ youtube video ]
    Next an easy out and back up Williams Peak to take in the views.

    Thumb Butte
    Thumb Butte bypass #326, Garden Grove #392, Miller Creek #367 are all nice hiking trails taking us to the Thumb Butte area. Thumb Butte #33 climbs steeply to the saddle to the West of the Butte.

    The remaining trails wind in and out of pines, juniper, oaks and creeks on gentle grades, back to where we parked.
    Potts Creek #327 and Cold Springs #393 were the highlight of the remaining trails we traveled.

    This hike, was almost the identical mileage to what we did last week, but took about half the time... and that was with 2 long breaks. This is the hike that was needed this week.

    I was able to hike all new trails for me and only made Joe suffer on one short off trail section. Minimal whining too!

    There are plenty of looping opportunities out here.

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    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.


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