Prescott

Thumb Butte

brochure Prescott - Thumb Butte
Trails Number Length (miles) Map Grid Length (miles) Map Grid 33 - Thumb Butte 1.75 C5 Very popular, well maintained trail. Great views from the top. HIKING ONLY! 323 - Butte Connection 0.6 D5 Views and connects Trails 326 and 321. 314 - Thumb Butte Spur 0.5 D5 Creates a loop trail when used with Trails 33 and 326. 326 - Thumb Butte Connector 2.0 B5 E4 Creates a hiking loop trail when using Trails 33 and 314. Accessible to horses from Trail 367. 315 Watertower 0.7 B6 Very moderate trail. Connects to Trail 317. Southern end closed to horses. 327 - Pott’s Creek 0.5 F3 F5 Part of a 45-mile trail that encircles the city of Prescott. 316 - Pine Lakes 1.4 A5 After a short climb, descends into Willow Creek riparian area. Southern end closed to horses. 332 - Javelina 3.6 B3 Part of a 45-mile trail that encircles the city of Prescott. 317 - Ridgetop 0.6 A6 Climbs to a ridge with good views. East end goes into a subdivision. 367 - Miller Creek 0.7 C4 Parallels Thumb Butte Road along Miller Creek. 318 - West 1.4 C3 A5 At the western trailhead, horses may access this trail. 386 - Pine Lake Connector 0.3 B6 An easy, short trail. Provides a loop when used with Trails 315 and 316. 321 - Butte Creek 1.5 E6 F4 Can be accessed from a city trail in Strickland Park. 387 - Rio Vista 0.7 F5 Can be accessed from a city trail. 322 - Circle Connection 0.5 F4 Part of a 45-mile trail that encircles the city of Prescott. 392 - Garden Grove 1.5 C3 E4 Part of a 45-mile trail that encircles the city of Prescott. Activities Comments Number Activities Comments Unleashed dogs intimidate other hikers and their dogs, depriving them of the peace wildlands provide. Unleashed dogs harass, injure, and sometimes kill wildlife. Discharging any weapon is prohibited at all times within the Thumb Butte Recreation Area boundary. Target Shooting and Hunting A leashed dog’s keen senses can enhance your awareness of nearby wildlife or other wildland visitors. Unleashed dogs increase the probability of dogs being banned from your favorite public lands. Failure to leash your dog may result in a fine. To protect nesting peregrine falcons, the Thumb Butte cliff face and surrounding area are closed to rock climbing each winter and spring to allow for undisturbed falcon nesting. Trail 33 is open all year. Please check our Web page and posted local notices throughout the Thumb Butte area for specific dates and locations of the closure area. Horses are not permitted in the day-use area. • There are no RV sanitary dump stations. • Opening and closing of the day-use area varies with the seasons. Check our Web site for current hours. • Trash receptacles are available. Dumping of any refuse brought in from private property is prohibited. • Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet. • All picnic sites have tables and grills. • Day-Use Area Notes Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from wildland hazards such as porcupines, mountain lions, snakes, and sick, injured, or rabid animals. Here they are . . . Need a Few Good Reasons to Leash Your Dog? hikers and bicyclists can enjoy short loop trails or longer trails to the north and south. Across the road to the south, the popular Thumb Butte Loop Trail No. 33—for hikers only—offers a rewarding hike that takes you to beautiful vistas from the shoulders of Thumb Butte. Along the way, interpretive signs present information about the natural landscape and human influences of the area. Adjacent to the picnic area . . . * All but 3 sites are accessible Yes (1-877-444-6777) 12 Group Ramada and Picnic Site 3 Small Ramada Picnic Site No 9 Individual Picnic Sites * Reservation Needed Number of Tables Name TH No Facilities and Activities Day-Use Area and Facilities Welcome . . . to the Thumb Butte Area The Thumb Butte area is one of the most popular destinations on the Prescott National Forest. Mild weather, cool ponderosa pine forest, a comfortable picnic area, and a variety of trails that offer hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers many routes to explore. United States Department of Agriculture Group Picnic Site Thumb Butte Area Forest Service Southwestern Region RG-R3-09-6 The Thumb Butte group picnic area is open all year. It is available for an additional fee by reservation only. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-4446777 or visiting www.recreation.gov Bradshaw Ranger District Prescott National Forest Thumb Butte Trail No. 33 Thumb Butte Trail 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 viewpoint of the Prescott area. The steep side of the trail (the east side) and a few other places are paved in order to minimize soil erosion that was damaging the trail. Your recreation fees produced this brochure. Thank you very much for your support! U.S . a Fee Are For More Information, Contact . . . Prescott National Forest 344 S. Cortez Street Prescott, AZ 86303 Phone: (928) 443-8000 Fax: (928) 443-8008 Or visit . . . www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/ Over 122,000 people live less than an hour’s drive of the Thumb Butte area. Private property in the tri-city area can be seen from many of the trails. Please be extra careful while visiting this wildland-urban interface area so others can enjoy the forest too. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). 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