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Picacho Butte ravine mess around, AZ
mini location map2014-01-03
7 by photographer avatarTough_Boots
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Picacho Butte ravine mess around, AZ 
Picacho Butte ravine mess around, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2014
Tough_Boots
Hiking14.70 Miles 3,932 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles
3,932 ft AEG
 
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Well... our original intent was to hit Picacho Butte from a way different than my first time up there. We were going to mimic Wally, Denny, and Mike's route. Unfortunately I wasn't paying close enough attention and when the ravine split, I led us left instead of right.

We realized at some point that we were headed up the wrong way but decided to continue on to see if we could make a route. Well... that didn't work out and no summit happened. Other than Jay receiving minor injuries from a slight rock slide :o , it was all well worth the effort anyways.

On the way up, we came across an impressively large natural bridge which if it was in plain view would no doubt have a name. We also checked out a couple of nice alcoves which had no secrets.

The dead end at the top of this ravine opened into a beautiful and large cathedral area surrounded by high rock walls and dry waterfalls which I'm sure are well worth checking out after spring storms. We tested a climb on the south side of the cathedral in hopes of finding a way to gain more elevation, but that quickly showed itself to be a bad idea.

We thought about backtracking and taking the fork the other direction and still hitting the summit. With it already being early afternoon and the days still being short, we decided against the probability of still being off-trail after dark and just headed back the way we came.

It was a fun day and a mistake still led to a great hike :D
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