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Sep 05 2021
Charger55
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 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
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Sep 04 2021
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Potts Creek Trail #327Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
nonot
Hiking11.70 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
 
The morning was great but as the day went on it got quite hot. Luckily a nice breeze started up and that helped.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Flowing nicely

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There was a trickle in some lower areas of the drainage. Higher up it was dry though the ground was damp in places.

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Flowing nicely
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Sep 04 2021
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Thumb Miller Loop, AZ 
Thumb Miller Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
hikerdw
Hiking11.91 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking11.91 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.99 mph
1,887 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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We did a shorter version of this loop in the opposite direction a few years back and really enjoyed it so added a couple new trails to extend it and hiked it in a clockwise direction this time. This is a solid loop.

Thumb Butte Trail #33
And away we go. Nothing like a steep wake up climb to get the blood flow. Blacktop pavement helps get good traction and the switchbacks help keep you going at a nice pace. First time on this trail and better than expected.

Butte Creek Trail #321
This is a great trail. Nicely treed, flowing water in the creek, very nice grade, away from the main trailheads that it seems to not get much use, A+ in my book.

Sierra Prieta Trail #366
Also a first for us. Some climbs but not to bad. Most of the time you are hiking along a ridge. As we were climbing up towards the road a caravan of mountain bikers came at us. Thought for sure there was going to be a collision but I jumped one way and the lead bikers veered off the other direction so the crash was avoided. Let them pass then continued to onward to meet up with Thumb Butte Road. Trail gets high marks.

West Spruce Trail #264
I like this trail a lot. In this direction the grade is generally down so easy hiking and very nice views since your up high. The section we hiked was shorter than I remembered so it ended to soon.

Miller Creek Trail #367
Memory recall is either slipping or this trail has been found by the mountain bike community since our last visit. I had memories of this trail being more remote and less used, i.e. trail was thin and slightly overgrown. Not the case. Trail is very well defined with bike tracks and nothing remote about it. There was a slight flow in the creek so that was nice. Still, a great trail. Saw a small gopher snake crossing the trail so we helped move it along so it wouldn't get run over.

Overall a great loop option for the area. Weather was great on this day and although it was a holiday weekend the trails we hiked offered a lot of solitude.

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Sep 03 2021
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Potts Creek Trail #327Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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nonot
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,830 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
1,830 ft AEG
 
Pretty nice weather for the day. As I was sitting and eating my lunch a nice sized deer came out of hiding. Need to add some trails to HAZ.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Butte Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing nicely

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Miller Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing nicely
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Mar 12 2021
AugustWest
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47 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2021
AugustWest
Hiking7.07 Miles 1,147 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   3.26 mph
1,147 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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My day started on Walker Rd. thinking I was going to go up Mt. Union today. Ha! I made it to the trailhead, but realized after post holing for a quarter mile in foot deep snow that without boots, gaiters, snow bibs, snowshoes or skis/skins it was going to be rough. Another day....

This was Plan B and it was snowy on and off, but the skies were amazing, vacilliting between sun and dark snow squalls.

Anyplace that paves a trail as steep as the trail going up Thumb Butte must be busy. I did see two hikers within a few hundred feet of the trailhead, but that was it for people all day. At the saddle I saw 3 Peregrine Falcons circling above the butte and the summit area was closed for nesting.

For the next mile the views of Granite Mountain were pretty amazing. Off towards the Sierra Prieta mountains to the west there were micro systems of heavy snow, puffy clouds and spots of sunshine. Mother nature was putting on one hell of a show today!!

The next few miles were on a system of logging roads that occasionally veered off onto trails that were immediately adjacent to the road. The entire forest had been selectively logged not too long ago, but it didn't deter from the beauty of the forest or diminish the quality of the surroundings.

I think the trail highpoint of the day was the Butte Creek Trail and the Butte Connector Trail. Both were single track and more wild than some of the road sections.

Admittedly, everything is prettier in the freshly fallen snow and it did come down hard at points during the day. Even still moving through these forest trails was not a burden like the freezing my damn feet on Dandera earlier in the day.
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Nov 02 2020
ScottHika
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 Joined Sep 19 2020
 Phoenix
Thumb Butte to Sierra Prieta Loop, AZ 
Thumb Butte to Sierra Prieta Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2020
ScottHika
Hiking13.30 Miles 2,269 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles
2,269 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I have not been to Prescott in November in a while. I first started coming here in the 1980s and have many fond memories. I usually leave before dawn, and hit the trail early. Today I, decided to do something different and take an afternoon/evening hike.

It was a great afternoon under the pines. My original goal was to catch the Sierra Prieta “Sunset Overlook” at sunset. I slept in after HW festivities and hit the road from Phoenix around noon. There was very little midday traffic at the Thumb Butte Rec. lot, which was a plus. The fee is $5 a day unless you have a pass. Thumb Butte is a quick shot in the arm of elevation right out of the gate. There is a nice memorial to the Granite Mountain heroes right at the Butte saddle. I heard birds, saw very little wildlife overall, a few insects, a few more spiders and a mule deer that quickly disappeared. The forest is still recovering after recent fire. There were a few fall colors, mainly oaks turning to yellow. The forest has a maze of cross trails so best to plan a route.

After taking a few connector roads, I soon realized I’d get to the overlook before actual sunset. Sierra Prieta has great views. At the overlook, there was a fair size crowd of young partiers, loud music and off road vehicles. The wonderful sound of motorized vehicles revving their engines and laughter permeated the air. It looked like a lot of fun, but the old guy with four wheel drive feet had other plans. I decided to bag nearby peak 7035. That was a great choice and sitting at the very top, I had a snack and recharged for the trip back. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier to hit Peak 7035 on the way up. I headed off trail to scramble back to Thumb Butte Rd. I rethought my wisdom while clinging to roots as I descended the steep bank by the road. Please do not follow my route here!

The rest of the way back was cake - all downhill. Once off the thumb trail I only encountered two senior backpackers that wished to be alone, and a friendly biker that slowed to chat for a while. I captured some awesome pictures and of course finished up in the dark. Miller Creek was dry without water and the forest in the dark reminded me of something from long ago.
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Sep 28 2020
cw50must
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2020
cw50must
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      57 Mns   2.11 mph
613 ft AEG
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About a year and a half ago my friend and I had went on a mountain bike ride as a pre-run of the whiskey course for him. My friend wanted to do an extra loop so I took a brief nap on a park bench(true hobo style) in the Thumb Butte parking area. Ever since then I have been wanting to go back to do the trail to the top. I finally got a chance. However, the night before I read the trail description and thought about not going. I did go and I did enjoy it. It was a short hike, that was the ne downside, but for me it was a good climb. I really did enjoy it, but I do wish there was less black top on the trail. I think it would have been better all dirt, but this seems almost like a city park trail for the people of Prescott.

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Sep 22 2020
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 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte- Potts Creek to West Spruce Mounta, AZ 
Thumb Butte- Potts Creek to West Spruce Mounta, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 22 2020
ultrazona
Run/Jog18.90 Miles 2,807 AEG
Run/Jog18.90 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   5.59 mph
2,807 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Great running route. Lots of great views and empty trails.
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Sep 06 2020
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49 male
 Joined Jan 26 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
capcyclone
Hiking2.36 Miles 613 AEG
Hiking2.36 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   1.97 mph
613 ft AEG
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Great day for a hike on the Thumb Butte trail. Took the trail clockwise, but after completing the loop I think taking the trail counter-clockwise would have been a wise choice. Beautiful views along the way and wish we had more time for exploring near the butte itself, but alas only had time for a quick hike today. Not a fan of the blacktop - as I’m not sure it really makes the trail more accessible for anyone. Nice quick trail for someone looking for good views of the surrounding mountains and the beautiful City of Prescott!
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking2.00 Miles 669 AEG
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after the storm passed through, we hit up thumb butte on the way back into town. fun short hike. scrambled around a little bit. nice views. had our picnic up at the benches. only saw 2 other people the whole hike :)
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Feb 07 2020
sleepybear929
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 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
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Hiked Counter-clockwise with the boys. Made the uphill easier and less stressful. Played Kick the pinecone (sometimes a Rock) down the steep side of the trail. Weather was amazing and a great day out. Boys have a blast.
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Jun 15 2019
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 Tempe
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking2.00 Miles 613 AEG
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Jun 08 2019
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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 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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51 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
 
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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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 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
 
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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
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 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
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 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Thumb Butte Trail #33Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles 613 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
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 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
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May 12 2018
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 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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47 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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