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Berry Butte Summit, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Northwest > South Rim
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,678 feet
Avg Time One Way 6 hours
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Dogs not allowed
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19  2014-11-15 Hippy
Author Hippy
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 3
Photos 1,749
Trips 608 map ( 4,480 miles )
Age 33 Female Gender
Location Grand Canyon
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:11am - 6:34pm
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by Hippy

Likely In-Season!
Berry Butte is (as of this writing) the 2nd most recently named Grand Canyon Butte (Butchart Butte being most recent in 2008).


Dedicated in 1997 for well known entrepreneur and "ol' miner" Peter Berry. Pete Berry is best known for his Last Chance mine at Horseshoe Mesa. And of course without Petey B. and his mine, our beloved Grandview Trail might not be so grand.

So to honor Peter Berry go out and hike his butte!

Begin at Grandview Trailhead. A short 10 minute jaunt down the trail will bring you to a beautiful spot overlooking Proposal Peak (aka Coconino Ridge) head towards it you'll find a break in the coconino shortly off to your left (west side of the little ridge you'll be on)

Scramble down this awesome coconino chute, watch out for falling/sliding rocks this is a VERY steep and scree filled chute. If you're traveling in a group communicate and scramble down one at a time in staggered positions!

Once below the chute you must head out into the Supai layers and find your way to "The Little Grey Saddle" that is very obvious before Berry Butte itself.

I can't help you here, this is where your route finding abilities come out to play.
Aim for The Little Grey Saddle, you'll do fine.
After the saddle its a pretty obvious walk up to the corner of Berry Butte.
Best approach I did was on the North off a bighorn sheep path.

Once up this small approach you still have another few Supai sections(not layers) to get up.

On the south east-ish corner is a very fun little up climb and squeeze hole. Once through those you've gained the butte!
The true summit is toward the west end.
Gorgeous views of Grapevine out here!!

Return the way you came or contour the Redwall Rim east to Grandview Trail.

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2015-12-01 Hippy
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Berry Butte Summit
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So this was pure awesomeness!

Jamie Compos suggested this butte and I'm not one to ever turn down some offtrail
So we set off at 8am got dropped off at Grandview by his friend and after a mere ten minute walk down GV we reached our offtrail starting point.

From the top of the coconino we scrambled down a narrow scree filled break in the coco "The Chute" we call it.
It was a long rocky slide but fun!! I love that kind of stuff.

Once into the supai layers we contoured out west and down to the lower of supai layers.
There's a greyish saddle you're aiming for.

Once you hit that saddle we headed out toward the butte! The first supai scramble after the saddle reminded me of the tiny ridge between Cardenas and Escalante buttes.

When we the scramble we followed the sheep path on the north side almost to the end then climb atop.
More supai. Gorgeous boulder field. Another climb.

When we finally reached the butte we had to head up the south side and find our way up to a narrow ledge and a very Battleship-esque looking up climb.

Its a short 7-9 foot chimney. Jamie had to take his backpack off and have me hand it up to him after the chimney.

Because once up that there's a sweet little squeeze hole to crawl through!

For anyone my size there's also a tiny rabbit hole to come up through in the same spot.

After that we were pretty much home free! A short jaunt took us to the true summit with an amazing register line up!! (See photoset!!)

Summit beer and a walk to the far west to check out grapevine. What a view!!!

We headed back via the Redwall Rim Route from Berry Butte back to Grandview Trail. Very easy rim route with a few drainages to sneak through and many demon agave to watch out for.

We topped out at 7pm. (This hike can EASILY be done in 3-4 hours fyi. We just stopped to explore every side drainage and Possible route to other buttes in the area.
Plus...a full day in the canyon is pure bliss.

Writing up full description this week for your enjoyment ;)


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To Grandview Trailhead
From Flagstaff head west on I-40 for 30.4 mi to SR-64. Turn right/north and follow SR-64 55 miles to the park. You will receive a map & information at the GC park entrance. From Grand Canyon Village drive about 9.8 miles east on the rim road to Grandview Point. Please use the upper parking lot for overnight parking.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 242 mi - about 3 hours 50 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 347 mi - about 5 hours 20 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 95.0 mi - about 1 hour 41 mins
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