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Jun 15 2019
richvosko
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33 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
richvosko
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
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613 ft AEG
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Jun 08 2019
Thoreau
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 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking10.50 Miles 1,217 AEG
Mtn Biking10.50 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   6.56 mph
1,217 ft AEG
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joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ 
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
joebartels
Hiking17.03 Miles 3,220 AEG
Hiking17.03 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   2.61 mph
3,220 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Bruce put together this loop with a couple options. Only 3 hikers heading up Thumb Butte. Which seemed extremely light for 7:30 am on a very nice April Saturday morning.

Butte Creek was running light. Which apparently starts down in the neighborhood. Potts Creek Trail #327 zigs around following Butte Creek for a good stretch but no named place on topo that I could figure out for the name Potts. Fabulous hike through the pines.

Then on an FS road before what the FS declares as Sierra Prieta Trail #366. Not sure but looks like the intriguing detailed guide Preston wrote from a book reference is outdated or the book never had a firm grip on it.

The short FS designated #366 is pretty sweet. We took a break at my request. Lots of mtn bikers out riding this segment. Nearly all acknowledged us and kept us informed of pack traffic. No race #s so maybe practicing for the end of month Whiskey 50 Mountain Bike Race?

Sierra Prieta Overlook wasn't a refueling/aid station either. Graffiti central is covered up. After a short peek of the views we continued on FS373 just under a half mile.

Turned onto West Spruce Trail #264. Hiked the subtle rollercoaster with another granted break request. Then over to the base of West Spruce Mountain for lunch. The energy infused eagle darted up to the peak while I enjoyed a nice break. Several friendly ATV riders went through the gate below my perch.

Just 2 hikers on #264 heading back. Passing a large ant hill I almost gave the colony some of my water. As we all know ants don't have lungs. They may have wicked some up but figured I best not interfere. Lessons learned from a failed ant farm in '79... enough said.

The hike down Miller Creek proper was cool. A trail. Semi primitive to the surrounding network of Thumb Butte area trails. Passing numbered dispersed camping sites The_Angel_Eagle lent his phone to a camper that couldn't get a T-Mobile signal.

Finished out along old familiar favs to wrap up the outstanding mid sixties gift of temps throughout the hike.
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Apr 20 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ 
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking17.47 Miles 3,498 AEG
Hiking17.47 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.56 mph
3,498 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Smokin' good day up in the pines on Saturday 4/20.

Warmer temps in the valley had us jonesn' cooler temps and some new trails.

Up the paved Thumb Butte trail to begin, we passed Mary Jane to begin the day. She was one of the few hikers we saw all day. 6 miles to the Sierra Prieta Overlook, we passed over the Potts Creek Trail on the way.

We'd done a small portion of the West Spruce trail before, I wanted to see more, hit West Spruce Mountain. West Spruce is a worthy option if in the area.

We looped back on some well used "Use" trails used by MTB's.

Butte Creek and Miller Creek had plenty of water running

Interestingly, we finished at 4:20 MDT
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Sep 29 2018
Thoreau
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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking10.80 Miles 1,148 AEG
Mtn Biking10.80 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   5.59 mph
1,148 ft AEG
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Aug 23 2018
jtaylor
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41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2018
jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
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613 ft AEG
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The late August Thumb Butte hike is officially a tradition now. This time I was solo and not hungover, which is nice. Beautiful, dewey morning (pun not intended).
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Jul 28 2018
Thoreau
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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Thoreau
Mtn Biking11.64 Miles 1,240 AEG
Mtn Biking11.64 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   6.78 mph
1,240 ft AEG
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May 12 2018
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
BiFrost
Hiking19.80 Miles 3,320 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   8 Hrs   52 Mns   2.39 mph
3,320 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We wanted to hike in the Prescott area and looked at nice loop that @The_Eagle did on the Prescott Circle Trail area. Stated from Aspen Creek Trail #48 and headed south on this awesome smooth grade trail that weaves in and out of the pines. Part way down we ran into a guy looking for his dog he lost on the trail. We found the dog about 20 minutes later running the trail but at least going the right way. We headed back towards the TH but were able to hand off the pup to some other hikers heading back to the TH.

We continued on to East Copper Trail #260 junction and then up this section which is an old road. Just before reaching the Mount Francis road we stopped at East Copper Spring which had spring box full of clear water….definitely good source for filtering if needed. Then we made quick hike up Mount Francis and before heading down about 3 miles of road walking to the West Spruce Trail #264.

Next up Williams Peak which would be our lunch and beverage break. Nice views on top but there was some noticeable fire damage on the summit. After lunch we decided to off trail back down to the road and another ½ mile of dirt road walking to more trail.

Back on trail the Thumb Butte Bypass trail #236 heading towards Thumb Butte. From this point on we had many trail junctions but it makes for nice loop options on some really well maintained trails. Eventually we made it over to Thumb Butte which was closed to protect the Falcon nesting area. Took another break before back tracking to the Butte Connector trail #323.

Eventually we jumped on the Potts Creek Trail #327 and the Cold Springs Trail #393 heading towards Aspen TH. This entire section was another fantastic trail with smooth grades and great stands of Ponderosa forest. It made the hike back to the TH very enjoyable walk and definitely made me think of returning to explore the numerous trails in the Prescott Circle Trail system. Great hike and will be back!!

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Spring box full of clear water perfect for filtering if needed
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May 12 2018
slowandsteady
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45 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
slowandsteady
Hiking19.80 Miles 3,320 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   8 Hrs   52 Mns   2.39 mph
3,320 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
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Feb 05 2018
Lost
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36 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2018
Lost
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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Dec 26 2017
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 810 AEG
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Afternoon hike with Shauna almost to the summit, among a confusion of boulders. Great views. Jogged up and down the trail in places for more of a workout.
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Jul 03 2017
leonesiegel
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61 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2017
leonesiegel
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   1.62 mph
613 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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My old stomping grounds 91 - 97. Love you Prescott!
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May 25 2017
Lost
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36 male
 Joined Apr 18 2009
 Anthem, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2017
Lost
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.33 mph
613 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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May 13 2017
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 607 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      36 Mns   3.33 mph
607 ft AEG
 
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My first time on this trail. The parking lot was not as full as I thought it would be. There is a 5$ kiosk in the parking lot. This hike loops beside the actual summit not around it. The top is closed off for Falcon nesting(it says). The signs looked like they have been there awhile. I guess most people go clockwise as I was the only one going counter :o . Counter is not as steep going up but hard on the knees coming down. 5$ seems steep also, for a 2 mile hike....
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May 06 2017
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking19.08 Miles 3,249 AEG
Hiking19.08 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.69 mph
3,249 ft AEG      59 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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
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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May 06 2017
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
joebartels
Hiking19.08 Miles 3,249 AEG
Hiking19.08 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.69 mph
3,249 ft AEG      58 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Aspen Creek #48 2nd Fav!
The hike started out with a babbling creek and towering happy pines. A mile out-n-back on this would suit 94%. We only hiked 1.5 miles of the 6 mi before heading off trail. It appears pines are with you for the top 3 miles of this gem.

Mt Francis Area
My legs are still screamin' tender from Gun Creek mafia style beatings so I wasn't thrilled about any offtrail. I put my health aside and tried to lighten up. We both got lucky, it was pretty easy to the towers around 7,100 ft. Great views. Didn't hit the official peak a smidgen higher.

West Spruce #264, Williams Peak
Roughly a 2.4 mi walk to West Spruce. Passed a couple dozen Whiskey Row Marathon runners. Most were crawling with running arm gestures. All were friendly and returned hellos!

We only hiked a little of West Spruce before following a fading road to Williams Peak just over 7,000 ft. Bruce had a final offtrail piece that didn't look good so he changed the loop a bit to accomodate my well being. If I've said it once I've said it a million times, nice guy!

Thumb Butte bypass #326
We followed FR373 about 2.4 mi then 0.25 mi on FR51 to the end of Thumb Butte bypass #326 nary a crowd has seen. Most loops in the South Butte Area would include this trail in part or whole. If you do not require bells-n-whistles like peaks, creeks nor a destination this is mighty fine tall pine hiking.

Garden Grove #392 1st Fav!
We hiked this top to bottom. Views of Granite Mountain are majestic. Meadowish in the middle with I'm guessing a seasonal creek that is a tributary to Miller Creek. Sold!

Interestingly I hiked this downhill seven years ago with @JimmyLyding and sorta met an idol
The day before I hiked with johnr1 to Miller Peak
The previous day was my first outta town hike with The_Eagle
Days earlier I hiked with Groth, SuperstitionGuy and the world famous AndreyP


Miller Creek #367
According to FS stelprd3811790.pdf we did not hike this trail. It's up for debate. Bruce included it. He claimed a peak last week we didn't summit either. I'm only correct 4% of the of the time and might have a 10% shot at this one so pardon the gloat.

Thumb Butte Trail #33 3rd Fav!
Wow my first hike on this iconic crowd pleaser. It has a 1960's National Park quality feel.

Potts Creek #327 & Cold Springs #393
Great perkless tall pine stolling.

Synopsis
It was nice to hike the mythical lure of dancing pines on a cool spring day most seek.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Garden Grove Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Apr 17 2017
AZBeaver
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65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2017
AZBeaver
Hiking2.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.67 mph
600 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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My sister recently moved to Prescott from Yerington, Nevada, and had not yet hiked Thumb Butte. I went to visit her on Easter weekend and took her to the one of the most well-known landmarks in Prescott. The weather was perfect and we huffed it up the paved trail. Spent time at the Hot Shot Memorial where 19 firefighters lost their lives in Yarnell several years ago. The views were beautiful. We took the dirt trail (loop) back down to the parking lot. Short and sweet.
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Jun 18 2016
clem5123
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 Joined Jul 29 2016
 Dewey
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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clem5123
Hiking1.70 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Jun 09 2016
clem5123
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 Joined Jul 29 2016
 Dewey
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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clem5123
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
613 ft AEG
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Apr 09 2016
nikorock28
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36 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
nikorock28
Hiking3.25 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   1 Hour      3.48 mph
1,200 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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55 degrees, overcast, breezy and cool at 6:05PM start time. Up in 11:54, around, up in 12:36, down. Crossed eight others on the trail, as well as a herd of javelina. A couple's unleashed dog was apparently trying to get away from me and the owner had to backtrack a half loop in the opposite direction to retrieve her.
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