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Poston Butte - Florence, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,489 feet
Elevation Gain 254 feet
Accumulated Gain 278 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.29
Interest Historic & Peak
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Author AZLOT69
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Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:29pm
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Walk on Primrose Hill
by AZLOT69

Charles D Poston was born in 1825 and came west in pursuit of mining opportunities. Soon he became interested in politics and led the fight for the separate territory of Arizona. Upon winning that fight he became the first delegate to the U.S. Congress to represent the Arizona Territory. For that reason he is often referred to as the father of Arizona. After losing his seat in congress he traveled and wrote of his travels. In India he became fascinated with the Parsi people and Zoroastrianism. He wrote a book entitled The Sun Worshipers of Asia in 1877. Back in Florence, Arizona he became obsessed with building a fire temple in the shape of a pyramid on top of Primrose Hill. He took deed of this hill in 1883 from James Addison Reavis, The Baron of Arizona. He never finished the Temple To The Sun and the locals jokingly referred to it as Postons folly. After holding several jobs as a miner and various political appointments he died in 1902 near penniless and was buried in Phoenix. On his 100th birthday in 1925 Governor George W.P. Hunt led a ceremony relocating Postons remains to a pyramid shaped tomb and renamed Primrose Hill-Postons Butte.

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The Beatles song Fool on the Hill, is about a solitary man on Primrose Hill. With this tune in my head I began this straight forward hike at the railroad underpass on Hunt Highway just west of SR 79 in Florence. Follow the dirt road to the barbed wire gate. Open then close the gate. From here you can see the entire hike on the eroded dirt road that proceeds to the top of Postons Butte. You can also see the Pyramid Tomb which is your destination. There is surprisingly little mature vegetation in the area. Primary plants include Greasewood and Palo Verde. The trail being short, close to the pavement and steep enough to get a short cardio, is topped off with some nice views of Desert Wells to the north and North and South Buttes to the east. It's a great place to watch a sunset. A small block building (unknown purpose) behind the tomb has been vandalized.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2009-02-22 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Poston Butte - Florence
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    I'm tempted to update the hike description for this one.

    Yes, there's an old road that leads to the summit that most people hike.

    But there's ALSO a beautifully constructed and maintained singletrack HIKING TRAIL that leads to the summit by swinging around the north side of the mountain. It's easily visible on satellite photos going back to at least 2010. Before that the resolution isn't clear enough to see if it was there or not. But it's a much nicer hike than the road!

    So if you go here ever, take the trail. See my GPS track for help if you need it. There are no signs on site and since most people go the wrong way, that's the most worn route.

    The dates don't make sense for this. Guy dies in 1902. Pyramid built 1907. His remains interred there in 1925. So 18 years the pyramid sat empty? :-k

    Hikewise, I'd say this Poston guy gives 9L a run for his money. :)
    Poston Butte - Florence
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    The hike is quite short taking maybe 15-20 minutes. There isn't really a sign showing were parking is or where to turn off. Once you see the mountain, which has a giant white "F" on it there should be a turn off somewhere on the road by railroad tracks. The place I found to turn off there was an underpass underneath the railroad tracks. There was a bee hive but I kept my windows up and was able to drive through without incident. The trail is will marked and easy to navigate. I toke a nine year old and a six year old with me without any trouble.

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    The trailhead is located on the north side of The Hunt Highway 1.25 miles west of SR 79 in Florence. The trailhead is marked with the small local use only railroad underpass built out of wood.
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