|Hiking||5.20 Miles|| 5 Hrs 32 Mns || ||0.94 mph|
|2,356 ft AEG|| || || |
Perfect day with an overnight low of 66 and a high of 83!
Going up I topped out to soon and had to come back down. It's best to go nearly straight over to the ascent before heading up. You'd think I'd start checking out the map more but didn't... took a wrong turn on the mesa and headed about a half mile off course.
I seriously recommend pants tight around the ankles. Otherwise the grass seeds will drive you nuts. Trekking poles would be worth the extra weight on this hike.
Great views on the butte! The Painted Cliffs with the Four Peaks rising behind are stunning. Some clouds would have been nice for better photo opportunities. Coming down I swore I'd never return. However, with a better understanding of the layout and proper planning I might.
I should add: though dogs are allowed there is a lot of cacti including cholla
9:32 am Start
11:11 am Gate
12:31 pm top
1:00 pm returned
1:49 pm Gate
3:04 pm done