Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Prescott National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Thumb Butte Trail 33

hiking
8 days ago

Great workout! This is my favorite hike when I only have about an hour.

Go left at the beginning for a slow, steep hike up. Continue on the loop for an easier descent. With kids, under 10, the loop takes about an hour and a half. Up and back down the steep side is about 45 minutes to an hour for the typical adult.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike for beginners such as myself. Nice views all around the lake. However, the trail is not 2.4 miles. It is closer to 3 miles.

Part of an extensive network of trails through a beautiful Pine Forest. Most of these trails are shared with mountain bikers. I had a very enjoyable hike and appreciated the shade during the hot part of the day.

hiking
19 days ago

good for hiking beginners.

Great hike with great views! Not much of an incline but you still get high enough to see over all the trees! Not many people were on the trail so that was nice!

Great hike that took about an hour even with stops! I recommend going to the right when starting. If you go to the left the whole first half is straight uphill verses the gradual incline the other way!

Beautiful hike. I grew up in Prescott and love it here. Nice views, easy to follow trail.

walking
1 month ago

I like this trail because it’s easy, relaxing and surprises you! When you begin the walk, it seems like it will be boring with nothing to see but construction and newly built homes. If you stick with it, and can take seeing the heartbreaking sight of land being gobbled up with new developments, at about the 2 miles mark or so, the scenery changes and it becomes beautiful. The trail into Prescott takes you to the Humane Society. One way is about 7 miles.

Suggestion:When you turn onto Santa Fe Loop, into the development to catch the beginning of the trail, do not park in the first parking spaces on the right. Continue down the road until you come to the dog park on the left. Park here on right gravel lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sight!

I think it is a fairly boring trail. We did the clockwise loop, and after you climb and reach the top there are no more views...just forest walk. It's nice but nothing more. Note, there are two parking areas, so if you come from Prescott valley keep going beyond the the marked All Trails parking area, there is another one right behind the curve to your left.

Great view of the city but nothing to write home about.

hiking
1 month ago

Depends upon which side you choose to start, it can either be an easy or difficult start. The paved path becomes steeper and steeper, while gravel and paved path is easy. Anyway provides beautiful view of Prescott.

hiking
1 month ago

Never been hiking before, easy trail to start on.

hiking
1 month ago

fun trail not to long or difficult

trail running
1 month ago

This is a fun trail to run. The switchbacks are very gradual and the trail is well maintained. Yes, you do have to drive past a shooting range to get here, but it is worth it. As another post said there are cattle trails, but I think the main trail is easy to stay on and you can’t get too far off course. I was running and didn’t make any wrong turns. If you are worried about losing the trail, go up the switch backs first. The trail in that direction is very clear. There are nice vistas and cool limestone cliffs along the way. Enjoy.

I loved the trail itself. Lovely views and a nice hike that I'll do again. HOWEVER. The hike was made unenjoyable when the entire time the unpleasant thump of bass from music pumped out of the boat rental shack followed me. Even when far back in the various coves the banging followed.

Great short hike and can be challenging. At the right time of day the trail can be relatively quiet.

Great short hike. Steep depending on which directions taken (clockwise or counter clockwise). From Feb through mid-July parts of the trail are closed for the falcons breeding cycle. Great way to get your day started off right. Be aware there is a parking fee at the trailhead.

Whew! Just finished with 2 dogs, 7 and 12 year olds! Everything went great (counter clockwise) all 7 miles under 3 hours until...the last .25 miles the dogs were accosted by javelinas. We scared them away and made it out safe! Heed the wildlife warnings!

Very pretty lake with mallard ducks and a few benches along one side of lake. We logged just under 3 miles around the lake, though. It’s not 2.4 mi.

hiking
2 months ago

i love this trail, not too difficult for beginners and so close to my home! be aware you have to pay a small fee to park though.

walking
3 months ago

Granville side is turning into a paved walkway with little to view other than homes.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and pleasant hike/ walk.

The trail (IMO) is not clearly marked. I liked the views but ended up way off track.

Fun hike, pay attention there's wildlife a plenty. Going counter-clockwise makes a great workout hike as well.

I would give it a 5, but the trail was blocked off when I went. All for good reasons (preservation of the falcons), but still didn't see the full beauty of the hike!

Gnarly inclines that I wasn’t expecting, although I did have an extra ~20lbs of weight in the form of my son on my back... but definitely a must-do if you’re in Prescott. Will make you sweat!

hiking
3 months ago

Not an “easy” level hike. Plan for a puzzle when you get halfway in due to overgrown, narrow, fallen tree blocking paths that come and go. we had to continually refer to the map because it continually led us in a completely different direction. It was quite enjoyable for us but I can see how it might confuse and exhaust others or possibly lead them to a life in the vast, uninhabited ponderosa forest being raised by coyotes. The path was so chaotic we witnessed a full grown Weimaraner (an intelligent beast) get utterly perplexed and unable to locate his person. Panic insued and there were treacherous rocks and ledges where the maniacal dog could’ve plunged to injury or death. Sign says kid friendly but I wouldn’t drag my toddler along nor anyone with a disability! Don’t expect to see much water either (except maybe monsoon season or in the spring when there might be a little snow run-off). enjoy the rock scrambling (see photo of one such area).

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice easy trail except for the Creek, which you have to cross to do both sides of the lake, and the spillway, at the other end, which is quite wet when the lake is full

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