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Butte Creek Trail - City of Prescott, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,510 feet
Elevation Gain 345 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.33
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Thumb Butte Trail #33
14  2008-09-05 TwoWeims
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Nov
Sun  6:17am - 6:28pm
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Overview: A city of Prescott trail connecting Stricklin Park to the Prescott National Forest trail system. The trail runs through Hassayampa country club golf course. It is 1.3 miles to the PNF Boundary. Continuing past the PNF boundary will lead to the Thumb Butte trail #33.

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    Butte Creek Trail - City of Prescott
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    There's like five Thumb Butte hike descriptions on Haz, most of which describe various connector trails. Despite that, there are even more trails -- numbered and otherwise -- out there than are listed here. I am not entirely sure what numbers we were on. Even after I post my route, it won't reveal numbers as MyTopo is mostly dashed line free.

    Anyway, prescottstyle and I started off from somewhere west of the Prescott Shopping Center on Gurley St. We took a trail past several holes of the abadoned Troon golf course. And prescottstyle -- who knows an amazing amount of Prescott gossip -- filled me on who owned it, how they went broke, etc. He also knows plane models, minerals, trees, animals. Blows my mind! :)

    So, we wandered up to Thumb Butte itself, but the summit is closed until July 15 due to peregrine falcon nesting. (Which, if I was Hindu, would be what I would choose to reincarenate as.) No big deal, great views of the Prescott area were had, including several peaks I plan on hiking this summer: Tritle, Maverick, Union, Davis, etc. We may even do Little and big Granite, as the anniversary of that fire is only about three weeks away. Lots of beetle damage could be seen west of town.

    Prescottsyle had some beer which he shared, and at 6.0% I could actually feel the effect for about 10 minutes. :?

    First four miles flew by, which is rare, and we eventually ended up finishing exactly at noon. AEG was barely noticeable.

    Lots of cars heading north on 17, and *lots* of cops along 69 and 17 as well. Just on the south bound lanes, I saw five DPS between Cordes Junction and Deer Valley Rd. Guess they are getting an early start on this weekend's quota of drunks ...


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    Butte Creek Trail - City of Prescott
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    Pretty easy hike. Not exactly sure if I ended at the PNF boundry or not. I hiked to a triple waterfall. Waterfall was flowing nicely and creek had a few inches of flowing water all the way. To get to the waterfalls there was some boulder climbing and a couple of times where you will have to get a good hand and foot hold to pull yourself up a small drop off.

    All in all a relaxing hike to start the season.

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From downtown Prescott, take Gurley St. west to Thumb Butte Rd. Turn Left off Thumb Butte Rd. onto Sherwood St. As Sherwood St. curves to the right, Stricklin park will be on the left. Park along the side of the road.
    page created by TwoWeims on Sep 05 2008 9:15 pm
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