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Butterfly Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.94 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,361 feet
Elevation Gain -468 feet
Accumulated Gain 601 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.95
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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27  2022-05-21 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 19
Routes 32
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Trips 162 map ( 922 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:16am - 6:09pm
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🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
🔥 2002 Bullock46.8 mi*
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by Mike_W

This is a short hike that starts at the *Butterfly trail* and uses that trail to access a not so well known peak called Butterfly peak. Please read the guide for Butterfly Trail #16 as you will be on that trail for just under 1 mile before reaching the junction that extends North / Northeast out to Butterfly peak. The elevation at the peak is lower than the trailhead which is not your ordinary hike.

Start at the well-known and wonderful Butterfly trail which begins as a nice road heading slightly downhill. The road will turn into a trail continuing down, winding across the mountainside. There are times this trail is quite narrow and you'll be squeezing through ferns and other non-thorny vegetation on both sides, but the trail will open up again. After about 0.9 miles, you'll see some logs that border the trail on a downhill section. Right in this area, I saw a beautiful kingsnake (see photos) on the trail and when I got closer, it moved off the trail and went down into a hole in the ground. The kingsnake is non-venomous, but it does look similar to a coral snake which is venomous.

When you see the ridgeline heading out to Butterfly peak, this is where you will step over the logs and continue for about 1/3 mile out to Butterfly peak. There are areas where you will see a fairly clear trail and there are areas where multiple trails are heading along the ridgeline. Take the path with the least amount of brush. After a few minutes, you will be at the peak. I noticed that people camped out here before. If you walk out past some of the larger trees, you will see some nice views of the San Pedro Valley down below and a lot of rolling hills. To the West, looking up you will see Mount Lemmon. You'll see some burned trees looking down from the peak that is probably a result of the Aspen fire (2003) and/or the Bighorn fire (2020). Follow your same route back up and save some energy because it is uphill almost the entire way back.

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2022-05-30 Mike_W
    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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    Coronado Forest
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    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 19 miles to the Palisade Visitor Information Center. The trailhead for Butterfly Trail is located at the north end of the parking lot across the road. The upper trailhead is about another 4 miles up Catalina Highway at the Soldier Camp access road. The Catalina Highway is paved and suitable for passenger cars, but it may be snow-covered in winter when chains or 4-wheel drive may be required.
    page created by Mike_W on May 30 2022 9:57 am

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