Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte

It has been some time since we last hiked the Thumb Butte Trail #33. This morning we revisited this 1.75 mile loop and were rewarded with panoramic views of the Bradshaw Mountains, the Sierra Pieta Mountains, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and even the San Francisco Peaks in the distance. Prickly pears are in bloom. A century plant, too, raised its blooms on high below Thumb Butte. The off-shoot trails for climbing atop Thumb Butte are closed so that peregrine falcons can breed without being disturbed. At the apex of the trail, a tribute, 19 American flags and sundry mementos left by hikers, to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives fighting a forest fire in Yarnell. Of special interest on this day were the juniper berries, the alligator juniper bark, and ponderosa pine bark. We are fortunate to have Prescott’s iconic peak so close to us.

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