Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33 - Prescott, AZ
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Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33
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Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33 2-mile loop is a moderate hiking trail that is well-maintained and a bit steep at the start, but the views from the top are worth it. This Prescott landmark is one of the most popular hiking areas, and is located just three miles west of downtown Prescott.
The well-maintained loop trail climbs steeply to a ridge west of and just below the rocky crest of Thumb Butte. Atop the ridge, it's a short walk to Groom Creek Vista, which offers excellent panoramas of the Prescott area, the Bradshaw Mountains, Sierra Prieta, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and on a clear day, the San Francisco Peaks.
There are benches along the trail, as well as interpretive signs that identify local plants and special features of Thumb Butte.
The west side of the trail to the top has a steady grade of 9%, 3% cross slope, 4-foot minimum width of packed gravel punctuated by gravel water bars with dips. The east side has a steady grade of 12-18%, 3% cross slope, 4-foot minimum width of asphalt, and occasional water bars.
Expect an elevation change from 5,600 to 6,500 feet. This trail is for hikers only.
Thumb Butte Trail is open to hikers only. The trail is almost 2 miles long and is moderately difficult. Allow yourself about 1.5 hours to hike the entire trail. A short spur trail near the crest offers a good viewpoint of the Prescott area. The steep side of the trail (the east side) and a few other places are paved in order to minimize soil erosion that was damaging the trail.

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Facilities: A parking area, picnic area, restrooms, and trailhead water are available at the head of Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33. Drinking water is available at the picnic area, but not along the trail.

Best Time To Visit: Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33 is open year-round.

To protect nesting peregrine falcons, the Thumb Butte cliff face and surrounding area are closed to rock climbing each winter and spring to allow for undisturbed falcon nesting. Trail 33 is open all year.

Fees: A day-use fee is charged.

Accessibility: The trail is not handicapped accessible.

Rules: Pets must be on a leash.

Directions: To get to Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33 from Prescott head west on Gurley Street 2.5 miles to Thumb Butte Road. Continue northwest for 1.5 miles to the recreation site and parking area. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area.

Map: Click here for a map to Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33

Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted to use Thumb Butte Loop Trail #33.

 
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