Starting at 7:30!!
The trail begins adjacent to the White Rock dirt parking lot. Also, the lot is approximately 5-7 minutes past the Thumb Butte Recreation area on the right. Free parking. This trail is truly beautiful and is a favorite for many hikers.
This 5.4-mile loop hike with about 740' of elevation gain starts on the east side of the parking lot at the White Rocks trailhead, at the intersection of Thumb Butte Road and Camp Willow Springs Road. We will take Trail 318 northeast to Trail 332 (Javelina Trail), Trail 332 north to Trail 325 (Firewater Trail), Trail 325 east to Trail 318, and Trail 318 southwest back to the parking area. (When we get to the old fireplace, we'll bear right off of Trail 332 and look for the turnoff to Trail 325, the Firewater Trail.)
There are some views of the San Francisco Peaks, Granite Mountain, parts of Prescott, and Thumb Butte along the way. There's also an old fireplace along Trail 332.
There’s a decent amount of shade, but air temperatures are warmer so layers and sunscreen are handy. Hiking sticks and hiking boots/shoes are recommended! Parts of the trail are on slopes with decomposing granite (i.e., small rocks and sand). There is at least one small stream crossing, so waterproof shoes may be a plus.
If you have any doubts about your physical capability, please check with your physician before signing up for a hike. The intermediate hikes require uphill hiking at Prescott-area mile-high and above elevations, which can create an extra burden on your lungs and body.
Hiker: BEING AWARE THAT ON- AND OFF-TRAIL HIKING, ROCK CLIMBING, CROSSING STREAMS AND TRAVELING IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ARE HAZARDOUS ACTIVITIES, AND YOU ARE VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT, AND YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME, ANY AND ALL RISK OF DEATH, INJURY, LOSS, OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY.
Most dogs can easily handle this hike. Dogs must be on a 6' leash as required by state and county law and USFS regulation. Please pick up any droppings your dog leaves along the way.
Directions to the parking lot from West Gurley and Gail Gardner: http://bit.ly/WGurley-GailGardner-to-WhiteRockTH . Parking is free. The address Meetup.com lets me use is a little before the turnoff to Camp Willow Springs Rd. Pro tip: Click on the map, and a Google Map comes up, and you can plug in your starting location and get directions from there.