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Thumb Butte to Cowboy Prayer

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Prescott National Forest

Thumb Butte to Cowboy Prayer is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 938 feet Route Type: Loop

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rocky
1 month ago

Very nice trail, well maintained. Few people here on Monday morning

Beautiful trail close to downtown Prescott. The path is best in the spring, cooler temperatures, and running water at the turnaround point. Also, the turnoff to the ‘waterfall’ and river is not well marked. Keep your eye on the app. I’m not a fan of hiking near homes, which is why I gave the hike three stars. Pros: Easy to find, excellent parking, and the trail are in good condition.

beautiful trail! highly recommend and will do again! Recommend going up the thumb butte trail first as that's the more populated trail, ran in to only one person on the way through cowboy prayer though.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyable hike, will do again.

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fee
2 months ago

NORMALLY there is a fee to park near the trailhead, but its currently being waived and no one is there worrying about "distancing" the cars or limiting arrivals. So it's a good trail choice during these times. Easy to stay "distant" from others here too, despite its popularity. We hiked on a Weds and got a late start of noon. Really challenging at the beginning if you're out of shape because it's very steep uphill for most of the first half mile. From there its much easier, lots of gradual uphill and even more flat areas. Once you are off the loop portion of this hike, taking the trail that takes you to "Cowboy Prayer", there's many turns to make. Keep a watch on the map so you stay on track. We stayed mostly on track after checking the map twice to find the right turn off from the loop, then once more when we arrived at an T in the trail, but we still took a wrong turn after that near the end of what was supposed to be the trail to "Cowboy Prayer". There are a fair amount of trail signs but none are labeled for cowboy. After going a bit down a different trail, we just hung out down by a small creek/spring for awhile and just turned around and headed back. We figured out where the correct way was, but decided we were satisfied and we will go the right way next time. It will be super easy to remember now that we've been there. These trails are well maintained and good signage. Most hikers there take a different loop than what is mapped here. So to get away from busyness, take this way. Sadly the area is being overlogged so not as pretty as it could be. Not as much shade as there could be either. But still a lovely area.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great hike here yesterday. Only one place to navigate a stream crossing. It took some creative bushwhacking upstream but found a great place to cross. Worth the effort! The top of the trail leads to some beautiful views and I had to follow the “blue dot” to get to the cowboy prayer spot. A very small trail off the main route, hard to spot. A great place to eat lunch along the creek !

hiking
10 months ago

great hike, lots of shaded areas to stop if needed. not heavily trafficked but still hot out so could see it being more heavily trafficked in the winter.

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