Thumb Butte Trail 33 is a 4.0 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 km Elevation Gain: 210 m Route Type: Loop

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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. The top of the trail closes periodically for wildlife conservation and nesting. 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. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead.

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9 days ago

This is a very short hike but is very steep if you do it clockwise. Much of it is paved. It has pretty views and is a good hike for conditioning. It took me 50 minutes with the add on of a few side trails.

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10 days ago

Went CCW, power walked the steep, jogged down. Pretty simple, easy to follow. Just a little shade on the Steep side in the morning,

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17 days ago

nice hike for a workout. the summit is closed, I think until 7/15/2020. for falcons, not covid.

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rocky
18 days ago

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20 days ago

beautiful beautiful beautiful, and lots of small trails that you can go off on and explore

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22 days ago

great steep up then down 2 mile hike. probably 60% asphalt, lots of traffic. so beautiful!

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26 days ago

Nice hike. Very well marked and maintained. You are in the sun for most of the time so bring plenty of water and choice your timing wisely. Wasn’t bad when I went but it was a little toasty! I got here at around 11:00.

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29 days ago

First time up here. We understand it is difficult in places to keep your distance but a lot of people just don’t seem to care. The avid hikers appear to make an effort but a lot of day trippers just barge on by without a word of thanks when we step aside! We found a much quieter hike today, Mint Wash at Granite Mountain Lake, quiet and beautiful

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no shade
1 month ago

Great trail. At the trail head, left route is extremely steep and right is less. I would recommend right for younger ones. You can also hike down the steep side if you go up right, it all connects. Nice view at the top, there are little benches to sit on along the way.

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bugs
1 month ago

It is very tiring, but I would rate it moderate, just like it says. There are lots of trees, I couldn't go rock climbing, the Peregrine Falcons were breeding there. There are nice views.

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off trail
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

alot of it is paved. if you go left at the fork you will have the steeper up hill and more of a work oit. great views of Prescott national forest if you take the short down and back at the dirt circle near the top. my office enjoys this hike in the mornings

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rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

An essential Prescott loop hike with a mix of wide dirt and some asphalt and great views of the city and forest

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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3 months ago

316 to 317 a little mud in the shade

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icy
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great hike. We went counter-clockwise to climb the more gradual slope, and descend the steeper slope. Took us an hour. The spur trail near the peak was closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting grounds, but there were plenty of great views. The interpretive signs are very faded and difficult to read.

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fee
scramble
4 months ago

Excellent hike. Paved trail is pretty steep

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4 months ago

We went clockwise (steeper grade first). That part of the trail is paved and 20-25% grade. At the top, there is memorial to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. We took the spur partway up the butte, but I didn’t feel like doing a steep scramble, so we took a couple of pics and came back down. The less-steep side is mostly unpaved, but well-maintained.

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snow
4 months ago

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snow
5 months ago

SÚPER ICY. Extremely dangerous so be careful. Beautiful trail and scenery though. We can’t wait to hike it in the summer.

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muddy
5 months ago

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