Garden Grove Trail #392

Garden Grove Trail #392 is part of a network of trails serving the Thumb Butte area. This trail begins in well-shaded pine forest and crosses Miller Creek as well as a number of drainages that carry water in early spring. A variety of wildflowers can be seen in these areas, along with the birds and insects that pollinate them. This trail begins to switchback up a ridge about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead. The climb is short, but somewhat steep. It levels out again in oak and juniper woodland where it ends at its junction with Thumb Butte Bypass Trail #326 and Circle Connection Trail #322.

This trail connects with other trails that can be combined to create a variety of loops. One suggested route, available to all non-motorized users, is to travel Trail #392 to Trail #326. Take Trail #326 northeast as it winds downhill to Miller Creek Trail #367, which provides a truly beautiful passage back along Miller Creek to the beginning of the Garden Grove Trail #392. This loop covers roughly 3.5 miles.

This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Portions of the trail pass through burned areas. Watch for loose rocks and falling snags. Use extra caution in windy conditions.


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At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Approximately 12 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From downtown Prescott, travel west on Gurley Street (becomes Thumb Butte Road) for 3.4 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area, on the right. Continue on Thumb Butte Road for another 0.9 miles to the trailhead on the left. Parking is along the side of the road. There is room for 2-3 vehicles. The road condition is paved, then graded dirt.  It is suitable for all vehicles.

General Notes:


Mountain Biking

  • The lower portion of Garden Grove Trail #392 is suitable for all skill levels. Upper portions, however, are steep and narrow.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day Hiking

  • Garden Grove Trail #392 can be combined with other nearby trails to create a variety of attractive loop hikes.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

  • Garden Grove Trail #392 provides horseback riders with access to the Thumb Butte area. Please note, however, that parking is limited.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
6,228 feet