Thumb Butte Loop

Prescott, Arizona

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Rising just west of downtown Prescott, the aptly named Thumb Butte is a highly visible landmark beloved by the city’s residents. This striking rise of rock is also the centerpiece of a short but very popular hike known as the Thumb Butte Loop Trail. Gaining some 600 feet in all, the 2-mile long Thumb Butte Loop is steep in places. To take advantage of the somewhat gentler ascent along the western end of the trail, this description follows the loop counterclockwise.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

Rising just west of downtown Prescott, the aptly named Thumb Butte is a highly visible landmark beloved by the city’s residents. This striking rise of rock is also the centerpiece of a short but very popular hike known as the Thumb Butte Loop Trail.

Gaining some 600 feet in all, the 2-mile long Thumb Butte Loop is steep in places. To take advantage of the somewhat gentler ascent along the western end of the trail, this description follows the loop counterclockwise.

© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,300 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Iron Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Thumb Butte Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

6/8/2011
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When coming to the trail you have two choices, go to the right and it is a steady incline to the top. Go to the left, and you will have a little of a workout but is worth every step. Some areas are closed at the top for it is the nesting season for the falcons.


6/14/2008
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It's easy to understand why this trail is so popular with locals and visitors alike, it's fun, not too long but offers enough challenge to make it interesting. The views from the trail and from many of the established vista points are rewarding and worth the walk. The steep eastern approach is paved all the way to the saddle, positioned just below the butte, which helps to control erosion, and well positioned benches provide respite and photo ops along the way. Interpretive plaques are also placed every so often that makes this one of the best "nature hikes" I've found. Worth the short drive from the center of town, you really don't want to miss this lovely trail. Water and toilets can be found at the trail head and a small day use fee ($2.00 in 2008) helps to support trail maintenance. Dogs are allowed on leashes.



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May 2018