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Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2012
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
890 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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This Hike was a no-brainer since I drove right by it, dropping JJ off at the Moqui Station for his AZT Hike. This Butte stands alone and prominent against the Skyline in this area and to top it off, it has a Fire Tower.... :D

FR 340 to get to the TH is pretty rough, with alot of washed out areas. The Spur road that you turn off onto to get to the TH was good. Surprisingly, there were non-High Clearance Vehicles at the TH, but I spoke to one of the drivers, who had a Mini-type Motorhome and he said as long as he took it very slow, he did ok...For what it's worth, I'm kinda glad I had JJ's recently lifted Jeep.... :sweat:

Started up the Trail and the Description of this Hike is pretty accurate. Long, gradual switchbacks to start, followed by shorter, steeper Switchbacks for that final climb. It might have been warm today, but there was a nice Breeze blowing, that ended up in an almost Gale at the Top. Views of the surrounding Countryside start immediately upon the Ascent... :)

Got to the Top and spotted the Fire Tower. This one was way different than the other 3 I have been to. For one, it was not very high, two, it was luxuriously large compared to the others, with the "residence" built in below it, and three, this one was still manned! :GB: I couldn't have timed it better, as this was the Lookout's last day. "Bruce" was packing things up for the season. He had been at this Tower for the last 13 years and was keeping his fingers crossed that there would be a 14...He's afraid this one will be decommissioned before the next season starts...I hope not, it would be a real shame, but I know that that is the direction that the Forest Service is going.

It was great to finally talk with one of these guys. Bruce showed me how the Osborne Finder worked, pointed out the old Grand Canyon Airport just below us and told me some fascinating history on it, and generally discussed some of the Lookouts history around the State, including some on this Tower. (I had noticed an old Osborne Finder outside, and he told me about it) He also showed me a few of his Paintings that he does, that he had not yet packed up. Very nice guy, very informative, and when I told him that this was my 4th Tower since I had started really Hiking a year ago, and that he was my first Lookout Contact, he was nice enough to even give me a Souvenir. Apparently, the author, Joe Bill, of "Climbing the Ladder Less Traveled" had stopped by the Fire Tower and had left several of his Books at the Tower. Way Cool! What a great Memento and something I can also use as a Reference, all in one. Thanks Bruce!!! :y: It was an awesome visit with a very nice guy!!!

I let Bruce get back to work while I wandered around the outside of the Tower and Butte Top, taking pictures. Another fascinating piece of information from Bruce, after I asked him about Ghosts, was that every year, twice a year, the Havasupai build a Sweat Lodge at the bottom of the Mountain and hold a Ceremony to "Bless and Cleanse" the Mountain. I thought that was very cool, having read that the Havasupai consider this Mountain to be Sacred. Bruce seemed to think that that is why he has never seen a "Ghost".... :)

Finally descended back down the Trail to the Jeep and took off for my next Hiking adventure. I will remember this one very fondly though, and will make a point of hitting it again some day.... :)
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From my vantage point above, this one also had plenty of Water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Butte Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
From my vantage point above, this one had plenty of Water.
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