.. Off-Trail Scenic and Satisfying ..
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!
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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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