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Prescott National Forest via Butte Creek Trail

AZ

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Distance: 6.5 miles


This is a nice scenic hike starting along Butte Creek, and then entering the Prescott National Forest, and ending at Thumb Butte, one of the most distinguishable landmarks in Prescott.  

Though the suburbs have invaded a large part of this country side, a good portion of the hike is through the Prescott National Forest, which is protected from such Invasion.
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This hike was done July 4th 2007. It was about 95 out, and the sun was right above us as we hiked.  Generally, if you choose your time of day better, you could take advantage of a lot of shade along the way, and you would be hard-pressed to find yourself in such hot temperatures. 

As we did this hike, we literally saw no other hikers until we merged onto the thumb butte loop trail right near the end, where locals were climbing to the summit for a workout.

I used this as a bit of a training excersize, and had a 45 lbs pack, my dad was just using it as a leisurely day hike. We headed out knowing that there was a trail, but not knowing where it went for sure. Using Thumb Butte as a Landmark, and Trimble Outdoors on my Sanyo 7050, we were able to find our way to thumb butte without any bush whacking.  There are numerous trails in this area, and you could make this hike as long as you wanted, by just choosing different turns :)

At the end of this hike, you also have the option to go up and around Thumb Butte, or go down to the trail head.  We were pushing our time limit, and choose to go down.  But if you choose to go up, you will not regret it.  The views are pretty good from loop around the butte.

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