Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte

The parking lot for Thumb Butte is only 2.1 miles from our Prescott mountain home.  This morning we decided to hike the popular Trail #33 to a ridge just below iconic Thumb Butte.  For the first time I ascended via the east side of this loop trail which is paved but steep with switchbacks and a 12-18% grade.  The elevation starts at about 5,600 feet and climbs about 600 feet.  The panoramic views and the profuse wildflowers made for a great hike.  The picture displays curlycup gumweed in the foreground from the ridge near the top of Thumb Butte.  On our descent on the west side we encountered an Arizona black rattlesnake.  He slithered from the trail to the shade of a small shrub.  Be careful out there!

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