Thumb Butte Trail 33

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Thumb Butte Trail 33 is a 2.5 mile 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
698 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

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.

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4 days ago

Wasn't the greatest

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9 days ago

You can't actually get on top of the Butte without some climbing gear, but still a fun hike.

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29 days ago

Pretty nice trail. Moderate climbs, especially if you are used to a lower elevation, although it only took me about 45 minutes to do the hike so some may consider it too short.

Overall I'd suggest it, especially on Wednesdays as day use is free for everyone.

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1 month ago

Awesome trail

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1 month ago

loved this trail, there are 2 ways up I prefer the steep way up and the gradual way down. it's a really nice challenge and not to hard since its short giong up. bring water though its certainly a burst of intense cardio.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Very convenient to downtown Prescott, and the recreation area itself is a great spot to enjoy the trees and scenery. The trail can be done clockwise or counterclockwise. Clockwise gives you a steeper, but paved ascent. Counterclockwise gives you a more gradual but rocky ascent (and more nature). I did it counter clockwise but would do it clockwise next time. The views will be in front of you if you ascend using the paved route. Benches available on the way up to sit and look out over the landscape. If you do it as a loop , make sure to go all the way to the top and spend a moment at the Memorial to the Yarnell 19.

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2 months ago

Awesome trail.. would highly recommend!