Towering just west of Prescott is Thumb Butte (try not to giggle at the name), a highly visible geological landmark popular with the locals. Anyone visiting Prescott can't miss it. From the distance, it looks like a tough hike. In actuality, it is a short hike --roughly 2 miles round trip that gains about 600 feet in elevation overall. The paved switchbacks make for slippery going when it's covered in snow and ice, and the hand railings don't always help those going down --we witnessed a couple hikers unwillingly descend on their backsides.
We chose this as our second hike of the day as it offered a different landscape than the lumpy boulders of the Granite Dells on our previous hike, and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Prescott area, Bradshaw Mountains, Sierra Prieta Mountains, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and the San Francisco Peaks.
We were hoping to get to the very top however the area was closed off due to nesting Peregrine Falcons.
View of the town from the backside of Thumb Butte.
We weren't able to clock any speeding Peregrine Falcons going 240 mph but we had fun on this short hike and were happy to burn off calories from Whiskey Row!
Thumb Butte Trail
Length: 2 miles
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