Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte

On Sunday we hiked the popular Thumb Butte Loop Trail (#33) which starts at an elevation of 5,700 feet and climbs to 6,300 feet.  We hiked counter clockwise, climbing the west side with its 9% grade and returning via the steeper eastside with its 12-18% grade.  This two mile hike features several informational signs.  According to one, “Yavapai County was historically one of the richest mining counties in the world.  Production of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc, between 1880-and present, has exceeded seven billion dollars (1998 values).”  This hike provides nice vistas of the surrounding area.  Near the crest of Thumb Butte we explored a trail that is often closed to protect a peregrine falcon’s roost.

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