username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Generic
275 Photosets

2009-07-26  
2009-07-11  
2008-11-20  
2008-09-07  
2008-08-08  
2008-07-05  
2008-01-23  
2007-10-28  
2007-10-03  
2007-09-04  
2005-10-01  
2004-04-01  
2003-04-06  
1 ... 9,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14  
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ
mini location map2013-02-23
15 by photographer avatarjoebartels
photographer avatar
 
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ 
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2013
joebartels
Hiking14.65 Miles 4,275 AEG
Hiking14.65 Miles   10 Hrs      1.60 mph
4,275 ft AEG      50 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners partners
johnlp
JuanJaimeiii
The_Eagle
The Eagle threw together two short hikes I did back in the summer of 2005. Pink Louie and JJ Spicy Snack joined in on the adventure. Each butte has it's own highlights. North Butte feels less traveled. Our ascent was cold and windy. The views at the southern tip were not "as" great as I recalled but figure the weather played into it.

We looked for a route down the east and tracked north in doing so. These views were awesome. The descent wasn't too difficult into a magnificent unnamed? ravine. This creek/canyon etches all the way back to White Canyon Wilderness. Definitely explore-worthy and easy to follow up.

JJ spotted a ramp etched on the east side of North Butte. I ended up getting suckered into the near death trap. Going up was a blast! It turned out to be 3 to 15? feet wide. Right after I passed a questionable spot halfway up the ramp JJ dislodged a rock which sounded like a machine gun for four seconds taking out a small army. As inviting as it looked my nerves went from rock solid to soup in 2.2 seconds.

Turned around and realized it was kinna steep. Did I mention the crumbly rock. Gravel would have been more inviting, at least it doesn't appear solid. What took me a second to go up took ten minutes to figure out going down. The rest was just steep as heck. It was the highlight of my day... whew

Donnelly is still loaded with sand. South Butte is a maze ing.

We took the chain-gang route back. Through the mesquites, forged the mighty Gila and hobo'd the tracks back to Switzerland.
Culture
Culture
Railroad Right-of-Way
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
Mexican popies covered a couple small slopes. Smaller in size compared to a bumper crop year starting in January. A few itty bitty lupines are making an appearance. Might be pretty nice out here for the next month!

dry Donnelly Wash Dry Dry
_____________________
- joe
HAZ Member
joebartels'
1,034 Photosets

  2013-04-06
  2013-04-03
  2013-03-29
  2013-03-23
  2013-03-16
  2013-03-15
  2013-03-09
  2013-03-04
  2013-03-02
  2013-02-23
  2013-02-09
  2013-02-02
  2013-01-26
  2013-01-19
  2013-01-12
  2013-01-06
  2013-01-05
  2013-01-01
  2012-12-30
  2012-12-28
1 ... 19,  20,  21,  22,  23,  24,  25 ... 52  
help comment issue

end of page marker