Fire Damage on Trail #332

Fire Damage on Trail #332

The Miller Creek Trail #367 begins near the Thumb Butte parking and picnic area. As its name implies, it follows Miller Creek. At its end we crossed Thumb Butte Road to connect with Circle Trail #332. Last fall we hiked this trail from Iron Springs Road to Fireplace Springs. Our hike this time approached this abandoned ranch site from the opposite direction. I last hiked this segment of trail shortly after moving to Prescott. Since then forest fires have burned stretches along the trail. New Mexico butterweed was the most prominent wildflower, as it is around our home. We also observed some trailing fleabane and Hill’s lupine. We also encountered a snake slithering across the trail. I believe it may have been a western black-necked garter snake. The Prescott area offers great hiking.

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