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Aug 16 2014
MEWhiteman
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75 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trails North, AZ 
Thumb Butte Trails North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.25 Miles 688 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.67 mph
688 ft AEG
 
Sam and I did a loop on 315, 317, 318, 367 & 326 with a .5 mile in and out on 316 to make it a 5 mile day. 315 seemed to be reconfigured to avoid some eroded areas but generally follows the old trail. Quite a few people out on the trails but the parking lot was only half full.
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Jun 23 2010
MEWhiteman
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trails North, AZ 
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MEWhiteman
Hiking9.60 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.17 mph
1,125 ft AEG
 
The plan was to repeat a hike I did last year but with a different hiking partner. As it turned out there were new and extended trails that caught our interest and a 6.5 mile hike became a 9.6 mile hike.

We started at the Thumb Butte parking area and followed trail #315, Watertower Trail, to its end at trail #317, Ridgetop Trail (N34 33.519 W112 31.071). We turned right here and followed #317 to the end at a gate. We turned around and followed #317 to its junction with trail #316, Pine Lakes Trail (N34 33.370 W112 31.390). We turned right onto #316 and followed it until it appeared to end at Windy Walk Lane, a gravel road (N34 34.167 W112 30.861). Just before this point the trail continued right on a less obvious track. Following that we came to a zip line station at the top of a hill (N34 34.029 W112 30.926) and a gravel road. We turned left on the gravel road and at a point where the road veered left (N34 33.961 W112 30.956) we turned right onto a small trail which led back to #316 near a gate. We turned left on #316 and followed it back to the junction with #317. We turned right onto #317 and followed it until it ended at a street in a residential area and then retraced our steps to the 316/317 junction. We followed #316 south for a short distance, then turned right onto trail #318, West Trail (N34 33.354 W112 31.383). We followed #318 until it ended at trail #332, Javelina Trail, a gravel road and part of the Prescott Circle Trail (N34 32.928 W112 32.217). We turned left here, crossed Country Road 65 to the beginning of trail #367, Miller Creek Trail, directly across from #332 (N34 32.819 W112 32.075). We followed #367 until it ended at trail #326, Thumb Butte Connector (N34 33.007 W112 31.552). We went left at this fork and followed #326 back to the parking.

This was a varied hike with some shade and a lot of sun. There are areas of low shrubs and tall pines, some alive and some dead. There are some hills and washes but not too many and with no long climbs. There are nice views in many directions. The hike can easily be modified to shorten the distance due to the many trails in the area. The map available at the fee station is pretty good but at the time we did the hike, it didn't show the extended trail #317 from #316 out to the residential area or the loop at the end of #316, but my GPS route does show these.
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Dec 02 2005
madmax
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 Joined Aug 27 2002
 Tucson, AZ
Thumb Butte North - 316 317 315, AZ 
Thumb Butte North - 316 317 315, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2005
madmax
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Hiked out trial 316 to the forest boundary. Forest Service trail guide says 1.5 miles, think it was more like 1. Then took trial 317 to 315 and back to the parking lot. 3 miles all together. Great views of Thumb Butte, Granite Mountain, Little Granite and eve the San Francisco Peaks on an overcast and cool day.
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Oct 01 2005
Nan
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 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte 315 317 316, AZ 
Thumb Butte 315 317 316, AZ
 
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Nan
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
I thought I'd check these trails out. since no-one had written them up yet and I had some hours to kill before the Prescott Folk Festival kicked off. I made a loop, starting on TR315, turning west where it ends at 317, and taking 316 back to the parking lot. The 2 miles is an estimate. This makes for a pleasant nature walk without much elevation gain but a wide variety of plant and animal life. All the trail intersections are well-marked.

TR315 starts from the east end of the parking lot, behind the Host's campsite, or you can take a flight of stairs and a little-worn track across to the trail. The trail ascends gradually, past the round aluminum (?) watertower that it's named for, followed by a great view of some expensive houses. Suburbia falls behind once you reach TR317 and turn east. The trail follows along a small ridge. This day I could see smoke gathering in the depression between the ridge and Thumb Butte. I startled a deer, which politely waited while I fished my camera out, posed nicely, then went sproinging off down the hill! The Host later said it was probably driven over by the fires to the west - source of the smoke that I saw. Coming back down TR316, the pine spars, victims of the bark beetle, were more in evidence. Woodpeckers and huge black crows were busily hammering them. TR316 drops you back in the parking lot across from one of the restrooms, a few hundred feet from where you started.

Footnote:The trail marked as TR316A on the map is 389 on the trail markers.
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