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Butler Canyon Trail #98, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,622 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.9
Interest Perennial Creek
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Hike: This cool, verdant canyon has long been a favorite with tourists. It is particularly popular with seniors and families with young children because of the level grade of the trail and the interpretative stations. Its location in Greer makes it a convenient spot for the many visitors to this picturesque community. The trail travels up Butler Canyon for about one half mile, then crosses a small stream before looping back

Butler Canyon was named for Jacob Butler, who settled here in the late 1880's with his nineteen children. Aquatic plants grow along the stream, which is shaded by alders and willows. Aspen, pine, spruce and fir line the canyon and provide nests for the many birds who make their home here. If you start your hike early enough, you may see wild turkeys, deer and coyotes as they come down canyon for a drink.

Notes: Hikers and bicyclists are welcome, but no horses and no motorized vehicles. Please pack out litter. Water in the creek and spring box is untreated, please bring your own. This hike is great for children. It might be difficult for the elderly because of a slight elevation gain in the beginning.

The Butler Canyon Trail is a self-guided nature trail with numbered stations beside the trail. These stations correspond to descriptions in a pamphlet which is available at a sign-in station at the trailhead. Please return the pamphlet after you've finished with it so that others may use it. Interpretative lectures and walks are conducted here during the summer by a Forest Service Naturalist. Schedules are posted at Hoyer campground and at the Springerville Ranger Station.

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2009-08-24 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
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    This nature trail is just fantastic - went once before the Wallow Fire and now twice since the fire. Aspen colony growth all along fire line. Gorgeous summer wildflowers. Just the perfect length for kids.

    George kept a collection bag for flower, bark, or "other" specimens he found on the trail. Caroline led the way of course. They had a spontaneous kiss at the end of the hike that WILL be our Christmas card pic. If every day could be a White Mountains vacation day . . . life would be amazing.
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    White Mountains Winter 2013
    White Mountains Winter 2013

    I needed to feel some snow beneath my feet - so having heard from my neighbors Terry and Giselle about their New Year's trek to Sunrise Ski Park (check out => ), I thought a couple of days in the White Mountains would be "just the ticket". I couldn't take advantage of my Marriott Rewards or Priority Club Rewards booking a hotel since none of their hotels in the vicinity of the White Mountains are "pet friendly". Luckily the Best Western in Eagar AZ will accept dogs in the room, so we had our base camp.

    Wednesday 1/2 - Arrived in the White Mountains late morning via Hwy 260 with our first stop near Sunrise Ski Park and FR112 and the Railroad Grade Trail #601 (see => ). Lots of snow fun on the slopes of the Railroad Grade. FR117 was unplowed so our afternoon plans to explore Green's Peak and the Four Knolls (see => ) were thwarted. Our back-up plan was to explore trails near the village of Greer. Mini-hikes on West Fork Trail #94 and Butler Canyon Trail #98 (see => and ) and exploring some real estate poking around the village. You can see the scarred forest and how close it came to torching all of Greer from last summer's Wallow Fire (see => ... r-arizona/ and ). We ended the day with a sunset hike of the G&F Grasslands (see => ). Grasslands lived up to the hype for surefire wildlife encounters as we met up with a herd of mule deer.

    Thursday 1/3 - After a frigid night, arrived at the South Fork Trail #97 (see => ) trail head with my truck thermometer indicating 19degF (neglected to get photo evidence, but did capture the noon time temperature of 23degF). We hiked the 3 miles to the bridge with the dogs enjoying the snow. Once again scars from the Wallow Fire could be seen along the hiking route. Next up was Pole Knoll (see => ). Hiking was challenging post-holing your route beside the set track for cross country skiing. I was very impressed with the skiing conditions at Pole Knoll - makes me want to break out my skis! We Wrapped up our White Mountain tour with some photo ops at Horseshoe Cienega (see => ) and Los Burros (see => ). We had a late day dinner in Show Low and returned home via Hwy 60.
    Butler Canyon Trail #98
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    hanging out in greer for the long holiday weekend, i wanted to go for a hike, but only had a spotty signal on my cell phone, especially for data. oh well, i did see this trailhead up the west fork road. i wanted something a little more challenging, but i wasted the day away thinking it was going to rain, and then we had company, so there you go. i guess this used to be a self-guided trail with interpretive signs and such, but the numbers only started at 9, so 1-8 must've burned. there are a couple of the other non-numbered signs that survived as well.

    the west fork road has a sign saying "locals only," but since i was staying with a local, i didn't mind that, nor do i think most folks on the road. a month or so back, a little past the trailhead, a cement truck had pulled a little over to let another car past, and slipped on the signed "soft shoulder" - almost all the way to the river. no one was hurt, but eventually, they are going to have to find a way to get a fully loaded cement truck out of the canyon.
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    Last day of our vacation in the White Mountains - stayed at the Greer Lodge. I took the kids on this little hike while Brad packed up the car and had breakfast. I carried George on my back in the ERGO - Caroline walked. She was 3 1/2 years old and George was almost 18 months old.

    In 2011 the trail was closed after the Wallow Fire. In 2012 you can see from these pics how different the trail looks as the fire came up over the ridge. Much is preserved luckily but there are lots of dead trees around.
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    I thot I could take my mom on this Interpretive Nature trail but the gradual, tho limited, elevation was more than she could handle so she hung out at the trailhead and took some pictures while I made the round. The weather was gloomy. It is a nice trail. I saw 3 other people. One person mentioned he had seen a bear at the East Fork cabins that are less than a mile from here.
    You can pick up a guide at the trailhead for the 21 points of interest. There were lots of brown-eyed susans running along the creek.

    After, I had intended on trying out the Big Lake Lookout Tower trail but the weather was very ominous so I decided we would go over and try the Big Lake trail. On the way there, though, the skies opened up and so we cut that cross-country trip (off of SR 373) short by taking the Sunrise Ski Resort turn north. We did get to see a couple deer and some of the wide open countryside before the rain almost blinded our views.

    Later in the afternoon and because of the light rain, we went to the Butterfly Lodge Museum which turned out to be a good choice as this museum was once the hunting lodge (built in 1913) of Lone Wolf/ Hart Schultz (an artist) who is the son of James W Schultz (named Apikuni by the Blackfeet). Both of them married Blackfeet Indian women from the Browning, MT area.

    Mr. Schultz had ties to George Bird Grinnell and was responsible for getting Mr. Grinnell to Montana. He was a hunting guide around the park area until he got caught doing an illegal hunt. Both of them had a hand in naming many of the peaks in Glacier National Park.

    Anyway, if you go up to Greer, the Butterfly Lodge museum is located on the SE Corner at the Intersection of SR 373 and County Road #1126 just down a piece from the Butler Canyon Trailhead.

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    To hike
    To find Butler Canyon Trail, from Pinetop follow State Route 260 east until you reach State Route 373, turn right (south) and travel four miles until you reach County Road 1121, turn left and the parking lot is on the right. The trailhead is on the left.
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