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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +579/ -543 ft
Total: 33 riders

Mountain Biking North Thumb Butte Trails

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#168 of 404 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#5,560 in the world

These trails are open to hikers, horseback
riders, and mountain bikes.

TR 315 (Watertower Trail) is 0.8 miles (one
way). It passes through an area of ponderosa
pine, alligator juniper, and scrub oak.
TR 316A connects this trail with TR 316.
TR 315 ends at TR 317.

TR 316 (Pine Lakes Trail) is 1.5 miles (one
way). It climbs through a ponderosa pine forest
to a ridge, then descends through pine, oak,
and riparian forest along Willow Creek. It has
many different wildflowers in season. The trail
ends at a gate, but continues beyond Forest
Service land into the Pine Lakes residential
area. TR 316A connects this trail with TR 315.

TR 317 (Ridgetop Trail) is 1.0 miles (one way).
It winds through ponderosa pine, scrub oak,
and mixed vegetation. The trail climbs to a
ridge where it offers scenic views of the San
Francisco Peaks and Thumb Butte. The
eastern end of the trail is at Trailhead Street in
the Forest Trails residential area.

TR 318 ((West Trail) is 1.4 miles (one way).
It passes through an area of piñon and
ponderosa pine, scrub oak, manzanita, and
prickly pear cactus. Although elevation change
is minor (200 feet), the trail offers views of the
San Francisco Peaks. The western end of the
trail is at FR 9401B. Horseback riders may
enter at this west end of the trail. The forest
road begins 0.9 miles west of the Thumb Butte
parking lot.

First added by searsandrewj on Dec 16, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From downtown Prescott travel west on Gurley Street, which becomes Thumb Butte Road. Continue on to Thumb Butte Picnic area (3 miles from courthouse). Trailheads 315 and 316 begin at the loop road on the north side of the parking area.
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  • bnordo

    Fun trail that is great for beginners that are getting more confident with their skills.

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