Thumb Butte Trail 33 is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Thumb Butte Area is within the Prescott National Forest, in the Bradshaw Ranger District of Yavapai County. It offers a variety of trails as well as a picnic area. Trail 33 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 view of the Prescott area. The steep east side of the trail and a few other steep places are paved in order to minimize soil erosion. There are interpretive signs along the trail.
Beautiful day! great views, friendly people.....
Wonderful views of Prescott and the surrounding areas.
One of my favorite hikes to do, if you are at the base of the mountain by the parking lot if you go left its paved all the up and it's way steeper and it zigzags back and forth up the mountain. If you go right it's less steep but it is unpaved. If you want to get an over look of Prescott and climb to the top, it may be a bit challenging for some to get to the top so it is not recommended. But if you plan on going to the top it is only closed from February 1st - July 15th.
steep to start so no warm-up well marked. we veered off to other forest trails just past top. trail closed up to Butte itself.
Great hike! Pretty steep at the beginning... We took the left fork and went clockwise. The trail up the left side was paved to the top. The right side is mixed, paved and dirt.
Love this trail!
Great hike for adults and kids. We saw alot of lizards and one baby deer. It was a bit warm for the kids, defiantly recommend sunscreen.
Starting on the left is much more of an incline. The trail is well established; much of it is paved. There's also a lot of information on the surroundings throughout the trail. Every once in s while you get s good view of the landscape. If you're used to the altitude I would rate this as easy.
We hiked this trail with our two sons, ages 9 and 11. The original incline was a little rough on our 9 year old, but he eventually got into it and enjoyed the scenery, trees, and views (with a few stops along the way to rest up). By the end, he was happy to have completed the loop. We would definitely do it again!
Approximately 20 years ago I climbed all the way to the top of Thumb Butte a couple of times. In August of 2015 My wife and I took our visiting granddaughter on the Thumb Butte trail, expecting to go all the way to the top. The way to the very top was no longer there. What happened? Or is there still some way up? Any comments?
Pretty good workout for an afternoon.
Beautiful views of the valley...a must see.
enjoyed the day!
Beautiful hike. Extremely easy.
Great for trail running! Pretty short but intense!