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Papago Buttes, AZ
mini location map2012-11-17
5 by photographer avatarBarrett
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Papago Buttes, AZ 
Papago Buttes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2012
Barrett
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
500 ft AEG
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Finally got out to Papago Park to try and find the cover photo location from the February 2012 issue of Arizona Highways. The photo was taken around 1920 of "Chuckawalla Slim" in front of his "Rockologist" truck.
First I checked out Hart's pyramidal tomb and the fishing ponds - very peacefull. Then on to Hole-in-the-Rock, where I had the place to myself for a bit, watching the planes rise and fall through the green cloud that hangs over the city. From there I could see in the distance where the shot had been taken, so I headed out of the park onto McDowell road, where there is parking access to the northern main butte. Crossing the ampitheater, I circled clockwise to the southeastern face, where I did my best to recreate the shot. From there I boogied to the rock knob southwest, which required some hand holds to summit, but no real exposure and very solid rock. Then north back to the main butte, where I summited the lesser summit to the west. This required some 50 degree slope climbing with potentially serious exposure, I'm glad the rock is solid. I followed the ravine that cuts the butte in half back to the truck. I'm not sure if there is a safe way to summit the main north butte, maybe next time.
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