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Because of its proximity to the city of Prescott, this is one of the most popular and heavily used trails on the Prescott National Forest. There are signs along the trail identifying individual plants, as well as vegetation types. Directional signs are well maintained and helpful. This is a well-maintained trail containing rest areas, water bars to control erosion, and has a wide right-of-way. The ridge just below the rocky crest of Thumb Butte offers excellent panoramic views of the Prescott area as well as the Bradshaw Mountains, Sierra Prieta, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and, on a clear day, the San Francisco Peaks.

The trail begins just across the road (FR 373) from the Thumb Butte picnic area. The trail climbs steeply to a ridge west of and just below the rocky crest of Thumb Butte. Drinking water is available at the Thumb Butte recreation site, but not on the trail itself. The trail is steep in places and persons hiking should be in good physical condition.

Directions: From Prescott, The north trailhead is at the Thumb Butte recreation site, approximately three miles west of downtown Prescott. Travel west on Gurley Street for 2.5 miles to Thumb Butte Road. Continue northwest on Thumb Butte Road for 1.5 miles to the recreation site. The trailhead is just across the road from the picnic area.

Elevation: 5,600 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Distance: 1.4 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate

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Prescott National Forest, Arizona

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