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Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder Mtn
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4 by photographer avataraimeeclimbs
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Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2006
aimeeclimbs
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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Thunder Mountain is a sunny, hot hike straight up the side of a mountain. The trail is fairly straightforward until you start hiking uphill quickly.

From the parking, hike east on a small trail about a quarter of a mile until a larger trail heads north. Follow this trail north until you see a big boulder, about another quarter of a mile. From this boulder, look for a big juniper tree growing out of the mountain. Head straight up the mountain aiming for a rock ramp to the right of this juniper. You should be at a short 4th Class (this means you must use hands and feet to ascend, but don't need a rope) section. After this, bushy ramps head back to the right and then it's cross country trail to the summit. We didn't actually get past the little scramble because our dog wasn't willing to do it, so that's definitely something to keep in mind if you have a dog. The scramble drops off on one side, and some dogs get a little troubled by this.

Again, this is a difficult, steep hike. Bring plenty of water and make sure you are sure footed. A wrong step could be disastrous. This hike is difficult and does not follow much of a trail to the rocky ramp. Apparently it also does not follow a trail after the rocky ramp either. Be sure to tread lightly and spread out to minimize impact if there is no trail. Also, realize that although I may have felt comfortable climbing the aforementioned rocky ramp ropeless, this sentiment may not be shared by all.

This trail should not be attempted in wet weather or if thunderstorms are expected.
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