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Byous Butte, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,762 feet
Elevation Gain 738 feet
Accumulated Gain 896 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.28
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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8  2019-01-26 BobP
5  2019-01-26 Tortoise_Hiker
5  2019-01-26 wallyfrack
10  2019-01-17 Oregon_Hiker
28  2019-01-17 Grasshopper
50  2014-09-05
Peak 4285 - Hewitt Ridge
15  2010-12-24 ssk44
18  2010-04-17 Grasshopper
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Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 42
Routes 458
Photos 8,104
Trips 508 map ( 5,318 miles )
Age 74 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Mar, Apr → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Winter to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:27pm
Official Route
8 Alternative
Flora Nearby
Geology Nearby
Named place Nearby
Culture Nearby
.. Off-Trail Scenic and Satisfying ..
by Grasshopper

Starting at 2762 ft this off trail out-n-back route has 4 planned destinations
1) Saddle #1 (3333 ft)
2) Saddle #2 (3405 ft)
3) Saddle #3 (3472 ft)
4) West-High Viewpoint (3500 ft)

This entire hike involves off trail navigation. To understand the terrain before heading out, it is recommended to review triplogs, photos (captions/tag notes, etc.), download and follow the "Official Route" which has "key" navigation waypoints.

Hiking from the improvised TH to Saddle #1 and to Saddle #2 is full sun exposure with various Sonoran Desert vegetation. Long pants, long sleeve shirt, gloves, and sturdy hiking boots are recommended.

Trekking poles are also helpful navigating the 40% up/down grade before reaching Saddle #1 and also helpful navigating the sometimes steep traverse off trail along the backside of Byous Butte from Saddle #2 to Saddle #3.

There are a few old wooden boundary markers held up with rock cairns located along the route to Saddle #1 indicating possible historic mining claim interests. On Saddle #1 there is an old (newly built-up) rock fire ring with older tin cans within the fire ring.

Hike & Camping
This hike will fool you appearing short in total distance at ~2 miles roundtrip, but it takes a while to complete with view stops, navigating, lunch, to reach Saddle #3 West-High Viewpoint (at 3500 ft) and then return back to Park/TH Start.

For Hike and Camping details, this author recommends viewing his well captioned 2018-01-17 Photoset with A/R tag notes which details this entire hike.

The four (4) recommended destinations described in this guide for Byous Butte represents only a small section of off trail exploring that is possible in this immediate, rugged area. One can plan very scenic, interesting, and remote off trail route exploring within the vast Hewitt Ridge area by simply making a Right Turn (instead of a Left Turn) at Saddle #1... Enjoy!

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2019-01-27 Grasshopper
    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 of 19 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Byous Butte
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    Hank invited me on a Christmas hike to his treasured getaway. How could I resist! I've wanted to go here for some time. What I had pictured in my mind and what I actually experienced were two very different things. So many locations truly must be seen in person. A photo can never capture the 360 effect. It is so cool to stand on that butte and take in the surrounding area. This is a special place and I now know why Hank loves it so much. Looking across the upper ridgeline towards the towering east edge is absolutely amazing.

    I wanted to experience everything that Byous Butte had to offer. While hiking along the backside, I couldn't help but notice some very manageable gullies leading up to multiple saddles along the top. I just had to see those views! I left Hank along the primary route and headed straight up towards a small saddle below the main tower. The route is a little sketchy near the top, but still a manageable scramble. The payoff was shocking. This spot is not for the faint of heart. I carefully climbed up a small rock slope to peek between two boulders. My jaw hit the ground and it was immediately apparent just how high up I was. Wow is this cool!! I could see Hank out on the far west edge and was able to grab a quick shot looking across the upper ridgeline. He looked so small out there.

    I climbed down from my perch and headed cross-slope along the backside towards the saddle that Hank was on. I personally really liked the middle bench along the way and I will add that it's much safer and easier to reach. This butte is a playground and I was having so much fun. I finally reached the far west saddle and was able to look back at my cliff-top perch. Dang, what view! This really is a cool place!

    If I sound somewhat melodramatic in my trip logs, it's only because of the passion I have for exploring. I really do live for this stuff. Byous Butte is exactly what I love. Truly a hidden gem! Thanks for the invite, Hank!

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    Byous Butte
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    Byous Butte 3rd Saddle High Viewpoint- My third year in a row to enjoy one of my favorite places to be on a special day like "Christmas Eve".

    An opportunity this Christmas Eve-2010 for me to share this high payoff, short, scenic, off trail hike with Eric and to also have some private time high above to reminisce of previous good times and good memories past.. (with our GPSjoe, only one year ago today).
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    This hike follows my off-trail cairned, default GPS Route over Byous Butte Saddle#1, over Saddle#2, then continuing on the non-cairned GPS Route to end at what I call Saddle#3- View Highpoint.. ..

    This is the 3rd time I've hiked to this high 3rd saddle viewpoint.. the views never disappoint! :D
    Byous Butte
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    A very enjoyable "exploratory" hike with John over Byous Butte Saddle#1 to try and gain access to upper Hewitt Ridge at 4200 feet and to locate the preferred hiking route to gain access to Hackberry Butte high point at 4230 feet. We did not succeed in reaching upper Hewitt Ridge due mainly to my assessment of just not feeling confident my chosen route today was the least risky, but we did accomplish reaching two of my planned destinations to Hewitt Ridge Lower Saddle.. and then proceeded on to reach another planned destination at Hackberry Butte Lower Saddle (which would allow access along the Hackberry Butte Ridgeline to the butte highpoint).. .

    Both of these saddles had excellent near and distant views south/east/west into "Millsite Canyon" and beyond to the "western Superstition Wilderness". More exploratory hiking and route finding to be continued in the late fall/winter 2010 and into the winter/spring 2011. All good reasons to plan more Byous Butte campouts at Camp Grasshopper! :D
    Byous Butte
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    This hike follows my off-trail cairned, default GPS Route over Byous Butte Saddle#1, over Saddle#2, then continuing on the non-cairned GPS Route to end at what I call Saddle#3- View Highpoint.. ..A very nice place to end! :)
    Byous Butte
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    Ref: This remote and completely "off trail" hike is a variation of my Byous Butte Loop w/Hewitt Ridge Cyn Hike I will call.. Byous Butte Main Drainage-Hewitt Ridge Hike ;

    I first discovered this remote area last Jan 1, 2009, and soon after completed this subject HAZ Hike Description. Upon arriving at our New Years Day'09 ending destination.. I knew I had to return to try and find a way above this 40' Waterfall Class 3 Area to see all that was beyond.

    This Christmas Day'09 was my planned return hike. I knew I needed another adventurous hiker to join me and fortunately our HAZ-nonot(Steve) was interested. We started in at 10am from what I call the TH Start at the intersection of FR172/Main Byous Butte Drainage which is very close to the TH Parking area at Byous Spring/FR172 (see my posted GPS Route for all details). Steve led the way and with his good eye for canyoneering and after some scrambling up the NW side of this Class 3 area.. ,we successfully made our way up to part-of what I had waited a year to see.. :y: .

    On my attached pic set I have included a considerable amount of pic caption detail to help add some clarity to this most enjoyable, remote, and scenic area to explore. My sincere thanks to Steve for joining me and with his partial loop hike idea to connect with my Saddle#1 hiking route back to our campsite (as opposed to hiking back out the way we came in), I/we now have a whole new remote area opened-up to explore for my next trip here :GB: ..
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    Christmas Week'09 under Byous Butte

    Seven of us over this holiday week 12/23 to 12/28 (5nts/6days) enjoyed the backdrop of Byous Butte as we enjoyed sunny blue sky days for hiking, our festive-decorated campsite, R&R, good meals, good friendship, and a few cold nights and mornings with a warm campfire.

    HAZ(gpsjoe) joined me this Christmas Eve day for an enjoyable hike up my now completed off-trail cairned route to what I call Byous Butte Saddle#1 and Saddle#2 (please see my pic sets and GPS route for all details). I do hope more HAZers will now consider hiking this newly completed route which opens up a whole new remote area to do more off trail exploring in this most scenic area around-behind Byous Butte and the rugged Hewitt Ridge area.
    Byous Butte
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    I needed a Byous Butte fix in the worst way! :pray: Today it had been 38 days since I had hiked or had any real outdoor exercise. I have been healing form two outpatient dermatology surgeries, a dentist appointment that went real bad, and some just plain old laziness of enjoying sleeping-in too much.

    I did this trip against doctor's orders one week early, but it was necessary and the needed mental pay off was worth it. Two of us went out here to clean up my favorite Superstition's campsite for my planned Christmas'09 week camping, hiking, eating, and R/R trip. I have also been working for three years now on an "off trail" cairned route up to Byous Butte Saddles #1 (see this B&W photo set and my 12/24/08 color photo set, captions, and tags for details). After this 11/19 hike up to Saddle#1, I do now believe it (per my posted GPS Route/Track.. ) is now ready for anyone to hike who enjoys some moderate off trail with one of the most healthy stands of Saguaros in the Superstitions, enjoys our standard Sonoran desert vegetation, rocks, and with some healthy uphill for a major payoff to view rugged and hidden Hewitt Ridge upon arriving at Saddle#1. I have also cairned the route up to Saddle#2 in the past, but was not able to do any needed cairn maintenance on this section today.

    Also, this was my very first time trying Black and White photography with my Canon G10. It was a real mystery for me working the processing of these first pics since I did not have a baseline to work from as to what I needed to accomplish in the finished product, so still a lot to learn..
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    As part of our scheduled OFF DAY for the HAZ-"Catclaw Revenge" outing 3/12 to 3/15/09, this Friday the 13th I led a morning group hike on the off trail and cairned route to Byous Butte's Saddle#1 & then further up and over to Saddle#2 (as I have named them) for a nice wildflower hike with super views of hidden "Hewitt Ridge".. I have been discussing on HAZ for months now this special hike location to visit on Byous Butte. This day I finally had the chance to show one of our HAZ members who joined in, snakemarks(Kat), this special find.. upon arriving at the top she looked at me and said "why would you want to tell anyone about this?" I think she just told me what I wanted confirmation of.. :D
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    For HAZ OUTING 3/12 to 3/15/09: "Catclaw Revenge" (Base Camp/Hiking/ Trail Maintenace - Woodbury TH to Tortilla Pass on JF Trail #106).. ... f=4&t=3727

    On Dec 18-19,2008, SuperstitionGuy(Owen) and I started discussions on planning a HAZ outing (for a backpack trip out of Angel Basin in the Superstitions & a base camp under Byous Butte) to take revenge on all the JF Trail#106 and Rogers Canyon TR#110 catclaw overgrowth between the Woodbury TH to Angel Basin. I agreed to handle the organizing and logistics for the Byous Butte Base Camp group which would assume responsibility for trail maintenance from the Woodbury TH to Tortilla Pass (3.3mls one way).

    This trip served a couple of opportunities "to give back a little" from all the enjoyment I take for granted hiking our wonderful AZ trails, and also an opportunity for me to again visit one of my favorite Spring AZ desert camping locations under Byous Butte. I had little trouble convincing some of my personal hiking and camping friends-Tom & Gary to join me for four nights of camping(3/11 to 3/15) and two day of planned trail maintenance(Thurs-3/12 & Sat-3/14). It was also nice to personally meet HAZ- tibber(Angela) and snakemarks(Kat) who joined in on all the "catclaw revenge" fun on Sat-3/14. Also, nonot(Steve) came in to join us later on Saturday morning to trail maintenance a .4ml section of trail from Tortilla Pass toward Angel Basin and Steve also stayed-over at my Byous Butte Base Camp Saturday night to work on a section of trail Sun-3/15 from Rogers Trough TH to the Cliff Dwelling... THANK YOU ALL for your help and fun memories of a great Spring'09 get-away in our Superstiton Wilderness! Also, my sincere thanks to SuperstitionGuy(Owen) for having to coordinate numerous "behind the scenes" issues(teleph calls/personal trips) with our USFS-Mesa Ranger Station to obtain approvals for us to perform this needed trail maintenance! :DANCE:

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    From Phoenix area:
    Hwy 60E - Queen Valley Road - Hewitt Station Road (FR357) - Hewitt Canyon Road (FR172) - TH Start at N33.36550 W111.20489
    (Ref: Driving GPS Route from Hwy60E / Queen Valley Road for download )
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