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Owl Head Buttes, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,625 feet
Elevation Gain 700 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.5
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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6  2020-03-07 rwstorm
4  2014-03-20 ccprob
5  2007-01-31 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → 9 AM
Sun  5:17am - 7:34pm
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What A Hoot
by AZLOT69

Discovered this curious area while on a Backcountry off road vehicle outing. I found it interesting enough to return and explore on foot. The Owl Head Buttes consist of six Buttes or peaks of which all beg for your interest. Bring your climbing skills and the area offers more difficult climbs for those with experience and equipment. The reward is wonderful views of Piaccho Peak, The Catalina Mountains and the suburban greater Tucson areas. The area is thick with Sonoran Desert vegetation. The only downside would be the power lines dissecting the Buttes.

There is no right or wrong way to approach this adventure. Park off the power line road near the cattle gate as you approach the Buttes. There is an old use trail going up towards the south Buttes. A steep climb takes you up to the saddle between Buttes where a little camp has been built with rocks including a fireplace. The views are awesome, and for those with climbing instincts your senses will be peaked not only by the challenges in front of you, but the views of Buttes to your north. Binoculars would be a great accessory to include not only to observe wildlife but to scope out other Buttes and plan your attack. What appear to be caves are really alcoves not going very deep.

The Northern Buttes are all a bushwhack worthy of and for the curious.

The area I suggested to park is a strong recommendation. Although the road continues between the Buttes only the most capable of 4 x 4's should attempt. There are some washed out areas and no opportunity to turn around.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2007-01-30 AZLOT69
    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 $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Access from Phoenix or Tucson is Highway 79 approximately milemarker 108. Take Parklink Rd (paved)west 6 miles to Owlhead Ranch Road. Turn left (south) on dirt road 2 miles to Power Line Road. Travel 1 1/2 miles on dirt road and park near fenced gate on north.
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