While hiking Trail 326 (Thumb Butte Connector) in the Thumb Butte area today, I saw my first javelina.  It was getting ready to cross the trail when it spotted me, quickly reversed direction and sped away.  It was more than three feet long and looked ferocious.  A little farther up the trail two acorn woodpeckers were feeding on ponderosa pines.  Today’s hike explored Trail 323 (Butte Connection) to Trail 321 (Butte Creek) out of the Prescott National Forest to Strickland Park on Prescott’s Mile-High trail system.  This trail segment goes through private property and parallels the Hassayampa golf course.  I literally circled Thumb Butte.

Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte

On Wednesdays Thumb Butte parking is free.  Last week I did a loop on Trail 316 (Pine Lakes) to Trail 318 (West) and returned via part of Trail 322 (Circle Connection).  The week before that I did the popular Trail 33 (Thumb Butte) and saw several peregrine falcons gliding around Thumb Butte.  It is great to have all these trails a little more than two miles from the Prescott house.