This is an exceptional Trail (#33). You should plan on a Moderate Hike. If you go to the right, the trail is more leisurely and not as steep. If you go to the left, it is very steep but paved and has metal rails in most steep places because of erosion. We went up the right and came down the left. It will take you about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your condition. There are plenty of signs (sometimes hard to read do to exposure to sun) about what you are seeing.
Some great spots with Benches to relax. The photo opportunities are great. We got photos of Prescott downtown, Bradshaw Mountains, Sierra Prieta Mountains, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and the San Francisco Peaks.
You will climb about 600 feet in elevation to the area right at base of Thumb Butte. You need to bring water with you!
There is a $5.00 fee except for Wednesdays. If you have a National Park Pass, it does apply here and therefore no fee.
There are other trails nearby from same parking lot. Go to web site and get other information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/prescott/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=67469&actid=50
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