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Black Cross Butte 4806, AZ

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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,807 feet
Elevation Gain 2,483 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,864 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.12
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Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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8  2019-01-26 te_wa
11  2019-01-26 Pickles
29  2018-01-12 FLYING_FLIVER
11  2014-02-22
BCB 4806 - Fish Peak Loop & BCB 3351
15  2014-02-22
Black Cross Butte 4806 - Fish Creek Peak Loop
15  2014-02-22
BCB 4806 - Fish Peak Loop & BCB 3351
10  2014-02-22
Black Cross Butte 4806 - Fish Creek Peak Loop
8  2009-11-22 BobP
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Study the map. Study the map some more. Look it over one more time. The Sierra Club lists this hike as 8-10 miles roundtrip. No clue on what they're doing but I assure you there's a shorter way. Best if you are really good with difficult terrain.

The area is precious and full of adventure. No witches or modern apaches in tennis shoes with machetes. Just a zoo of snakes and enough tarantulas for any enthusiast!

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.

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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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Black Cross Butte 4806
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Black Cross Butte 4806 - Fish Creek Peak Loop
Collaborative effort to put this one together. Joe suggested the area and laid the framework and I put together the loop track. Long Play and TT joined us to make up the foursome. Perfect weather all around on this one. If you are one that likes to follow a trail, this is not for you. It's all bushwhacking and whacking bushes. Climbing starts right out of the gait.

When you reach the first saddle .75 miles in you reach the pointer showing you your target We chose to head east before climbing to minimize some of the real thick stuff. The lanscape was just incredible.

There were two main areas that you had to physically beast through. Both are in the wash that runs to the north of the peaks.

Every time I head out to the Supes and climb to the top of a new area, I see somewhere else that I NEED to go to. At the top of Black Cross Butte 4806 I have some more ideas.....
Kinda nice that you can see both Apache and Canyon Lakes from up there.

The route from BCB 4806 to Fish Creek Peak worked out great. Nothing hard at all. Joe choose to scale the Eastern face of the peak; John, Denny, and I choose the SW approach, which was a little more ramp like. Great views of Upper Fish Creek, Tortilla Peak and more.

This was a day of "Top That" between me and Denny.
Denny drove a cactus needle into the top of a toe. Extraction caused a good spurt of blood.
Denny's up.
I get a 1/2" long needle embedded completely under the skin on the back of my hand. I had to make it "Stand Up" so Denny could tweezer it out. The geyser followed.
Bruce up
With the truck in sight, Denny slips going downhill and falls hard. When he got up I noticed the Ocotillo spring away from his face revealing one side of his face bleeding a bit (OK...more than a bit), way to close to his eye... He was lucky, and wins.

Great to hike with John Zeppelin and Tommy Turtle again.
Joe always keeps it interesting...
Black Cross Butte 4806
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BCB 4806 - Fish Peak Loop & BCB 3351
Last week I mentioned one of my favorites near SRC. Unfamiliar with the area Bruce sent back a hike ( option A ) he would unlikely willingly attempt if he knew the terrain. Clinging onto a myth of hope I responded I'd be ecstatic to jump on option A. Yet had to be honest. Instead of describing the difficulty of a couple segments I touched on the mundane aspect of one long stretch. The long stretch could be fascinating @ 72 degrees with puffy clouds floating to and fro. On the same token it feels like you are in WTF land @ 85 if tired and cranky.

With that I suggested two other options ( options B & C ). Both of which should fill up 2/3rds of a day. Please understand, throw out anything too large ( in his mind ) it gets cut off at the throat.

Why not both... the response. Imagine that. Hook, line & sinker... ha ha. Just kidding, that scenario never entered my mind. Option C was flexible and could be a 2, 4 or 6 hour jaunt.

Denny & LP made an appearance and we were off like a herd of turtles heading up to BCB 4806. We worked the standard cairned route up to the break. Then followed the inner ridge out east planning on the full circle ridge to BCB 4806. One look at the task at hand sent the trail architects back to the drafting table.

4806 went down without out trouble. We did notice the circle ridgeline looks very doable and should offer up stellar views. Someday I'll get that opportunity. Hopefully it never happens. I fear once tackled the fever to return will subside.

We journeyed down the ridgeline to Fish Creek Peak 3910. Rather easy. LP had ambitions of tagging 3910 then returning to finish the circle ridge. While certainly doable, the terrain, even though nothing technical, wears your mind down quicker than miles or aeg.

On the SE corner of 3910 is a good slot to ascend. Currently just one agave to hurdle. Fair holds in the crumbly rock and little chance of mishap. Other slots looked more exciting for those interested.

Heading back down to Lewis and Pranty Denny slipped landing on an Ocotillo. The thorns on that bad boy went from two inches at the base down to an inch further out. He never whimpered. The situation looked bad yet it didn't bleed as much as imagined. He brushed it off and we carried on.

With a few hours of light we opted to just hit BCB 3351. There wasn't enough time or energy to go beyond cairns.

4 quarts carried, 2 consumed. Found a horseshoe on the first loop. For reference have found them on route to 3042 and above Skeleten Cave in the past.

Blue Dicks, Chuparosa
Black Cross Butte 4806
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We started out in 51 degree temps but it felt bitter cold. With more layers than I've ever worn we headed up. This being my third attempt I knew the first half very well. Up to the saddle I let Bob decide on our route after explaining the options. He choose the direct route. Off we went. This proved to be an excellent choice!

Going up seemed to be much easier than anticipated. The views are nice but they can't touch what Malapais has to offer so I rated this hike a 4 as Malapais is a definite 5.

Heading down the tables turned. What seemed easy going up proved painful on the reverse. Bob showed me a shortcut I pray I never have to live through again. It was basically a torture chamber of bushwhacking. Luckily it was short lived and all worked out!

Near the arch I found in 2003 I spotted a more subtle arch too. Bob spotted a marker pointing to BCB 4806 on a saddle of sorts by a HUGE cairn. It seemed really out of place 0.85 direct air miles away. However I guess the saddle is the natural line of travel so it makes sense in that regards.

This is one hike I'm glad to have completed after two other failed attempts. On the same note, I do not want to go back any time soon. Coming down really zonked me out. Looking at TOPO! at home I think we should have explored over a little more. The unofficial high points "appear" fifty feet higher and possibly offer more stunning dropping views... to be continued (in like ten years)

The GPS Route for this hike introduces notes along the route. It should roll out soon, it's still under development.

The video isn't that great. Bob does have a nice agave throw.
Black Cross Butte 4806
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For some reason my friend Mark got a bug up his butt about wanting to hit this peak right about the time we did Bronco Butte across the street, but it took us almost a year to get out and satisfy his itch. If there's a survey monument to be found, I'm always game, so we set out before dawn to get an early start at the trailhead (Fish Creek Hill in the dark was fun!). We followed as best we could the survey party's route description, which eventually got us up to where we could see our target and from there we knew what to do. Along the way we found the survey azimuth mark (marked by a large cairn) at N 33? 31' 40.1" W 111? 16' 47.0" which made a nice spot for a break.

We brute forced our way up to the peak from there, and enjoyed the views and lunch. Unfortunately I set my pack down on top of my bite valve, which was open, and didn't notice the puddle forming until the bladder was nearly empty. Mark graciously refilled me with half of his remaining water, but it turned out not to be enough and the trip down for me was a painful mess of cramps and breaks to relieve them.

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From Apache Junction take SR88 out past the Fish Creek Bridge. With the route loaded in Route Scout it should be easy to figure out where to park.
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