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Feb 05 2018
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 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2018
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Hiking5.58 Miles 811 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.91 mph
811 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
I never really got into hiking when I lived in Prescott 15 years ago; the Thumb Butte area definitely shows what I missed.

Started up the paved Thumb Butte trail with a cool 40 degrees at the start. Made it to the top in about 30 minutes, which is really good for me :y: The skies were crystal clear with views to Bill Williams and the San Francisco Peaks. After that I just meandered around the various trails making a loop back to the car. This is a great area even if you skip the climb up Thumb Butte. Light traffic on this Monday morning; maybe 4-5 hikers and one mountain biker.

There was a 30 foot or so section of ice covering the paved trail in the upper sections which was slick, but very careful foot placement can get you through it. Otherwise just some small but firm muddy patches here and there along the other trails.
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Aug 16 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trails North, AZ 
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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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Oct 20 2012
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 Prescott, AZ
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ 
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ
 
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Hiking5.75 Miles
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs      3.14 mph
      10 Mns Break
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Sep 24 2012
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 Prescott, AZ
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ 
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ
 
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Hiking5.75 Miles
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs      3.14 mph
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YEA!!! Fall is finally here again! :FG:
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Oct 30 2011
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 Prescott, AZ
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ 
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ
 
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TRAILS: Looped & Connected - #316,317,318,322,367,326
This was a good solid hike. Went yesterday, which was a Sunday. Arrived at about 11:30AM, and the main Thumb Butte Rec. Area parking lot was full. The day fee is $5, with the exception of Wednesdays... Which = FREE DAY in all the Prescott Nat. Forest Parks... BUT, on this Sunday I have the "Prescott Take a Hike" Thumb Butte Pass... YEA!!! Which in turn = NO FEE FOR ME! :GB:
Anyway... Fantastic day for a little hiking excursion!!
Lucy and I headed off onto 316 and made our way back to 317 looping back to our "Starting point." At this point, we continued up 318 - Which at first is a gradual incline with lots' of loose rocks... When reaching even ground, there are a number of burn out spots... This has got a very secluded feel to it, and there isn't a lot of pines or trees... Sunny. (Saw a tarantula crossing the path:-) Not anyone around, even on a Sunday! We ended off this trail by hopping onto 332S. Which is just a skip to 367. (Cross Thumb Butte Rd. here) This trail pretty much follows the road all the way to an exit/beginning point. I kept going here and shortly reached the 326 connector. This led us all the way back to the main parking lot.
Sat down for a few, drank some more H2O, gave Lucy a jerky treat, then we finished up by hitting #33....
A good day of hiking fun :y:
And for a Sunday... The trails I took were EMPTY!! In total on 316 and 317 I saw two people, 318 NADA, 322,367 NADA, 326 One couple.
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Thumb Butte Trails North, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 27 2011
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Hiking4.30 Miles 525 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.72 mph
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Did the loop clockwise without the out & back spurs with my neighbor, Sam. Looks like they've been cleaning up a lot of the dead pines on trail #318. It looks a lot neater and will be less of a fire hazard. Ate at the Rock Springs Cafe on the way back to Phoenix.
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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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