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Thumb Butte Loop of 7 miles, AZ
mini location map2022-07-23
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Thumb Butte Loop of 7 miles, AZ 
Thumb Butte Loop of 7 miles, AZ
 
Hiking7.10 Miles 985 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.78 mph
985 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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A loop trail forming an elongated figure eight to the south of Thumb Butte that is shorter and easier than the Thumb Butte South Area Loop. Start from the Thumb Butte Recreation Area parking lot on Thumb Butte Trail #33 and take the first right onto Thumb Connect Trail #314. Turn left (south) onto Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 for a short distance before turning left onto Butte Connection Trail #323 which intersects Butte Creek Trail #321 after less than a half mile. Take Trail #321 south until it ends at Potts Creek Trail #327. Take a right turn to the west and before reaching the campsite near Thumb Butte Road, make an acute right turn onto Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 which has a trail marker facing the campsite and is not easily seen on this route. Return to the parking lot on Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326. Only at shortly after the start and before the end are there views of Thumb Butte. Along much of Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 there are views of Granite Mountain (see photo).
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Common mullein are most prolific (see photo). On Trail #326, about halfway between Trails #322 and #323 was a handsome beargrass (see photo). Near start/end are very isolated common yarrow, purple prairie verbena, toadflax penstemon, Canada goldenrod and an unidentified plant with delicate orange flowers (see photo).
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