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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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35  2021-04-03 adilling
6  2020-11-17 Grasshopper
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
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Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 45
Routes 480
Photos 8,734
Trips 540 map ( 5,383 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Mar, Apr → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Winter to Early Spring
Sun  5:59am - 6:53pm
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.. Off-Trail Scenic with Navigation Skills ..
by Grasshopper

Likely In-Season!
Overview
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)

Warning
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 in navigating the 40% up/down grade before reaching Saddle #1 and help to navigate the sometimes steep traverse off-trail along the backside of Byous Butte from Saddle #2 to Saddle #3.

History
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 the 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 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.

Synopsis
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 a very scenic, engaging, and remote off-trail route exploring within the vast Hewitt Ridge area by merely making a Right Turn (instead of a Left Turn) at Saddle #1... Enjoy!

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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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.

    Permit $$
    None


    Directions
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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix:
    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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