|Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ|
|Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ|| |
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
|Hiking||19.08 Miles|| 8 Hrs 4 Mns ||2.69 mph|
|3,249 ft AEG|| 59 Mns Break||14 LBS Pack|
|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 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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