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Cardenas ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2015
John9L
Hiking6.83 Miles 2,833 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles
2,833 ft AEG
 
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We woke to a beautiful day on Sunday morning. Claire and I tore down camp and then headed over to Lipan Point. Our plan was to hike down Tanner and summit Cardenas and then Escalante. There were some clouds but nothing ominous. We started hiking around mid-morning and made a gradual descent down Tanner. This top section is very steep and loose.

Things eventually leveled off and dark clouds moved in over Desert View to the east. I kept a watchful eye as we continued. A few minutes later some light rain started to fall followed soon after with thunder. The weather looked bad and I considered turning us around. We took a break under a rock overhang and surveyed the situation and decided to continue. Before long we hit the turn off for Cardenas and decided to go for it.

The climb to Cardenas starts off easy. We easily followed the ridge as we climbed up. Rain fell intermittently. The rock was wet but not slippery. We continued up and hit a fairly steep band about a hundred feet below the summit. I decided to play it safe and we headed to the left in search of a safer approach to the summit. Soon after we found a nice break that provided an easy scramble up. We now found ourselves right below the true summit. This time I continued to the right and found another convenient break that provided access to the summit. We climbed up this and found the only cairn at the top. It was more helpful for the return.

We topped out on the summit right as a moderate rain started to fall. Claire found a dry rock overhang. I grabbed the register and joined her in the shelter. There was rain all around us and thunder rang out over Desert View. I signed the register and we decided it was in our best interest to get down. The rain let up and we started the scramble down. We tried to take a shortcut and it didn't work out too well. The going was very slow and we cliffed out several times. We spent plenty of time wandering back and forth. The good thing is we always found a way and with much effort arrived back on Tanner. The weather looked better but was still ominous. We decided to hike out.

The rest of the hike took a lot of effort and was relatively slow going. The upper section of Tanner is quite the climb! We were both happy when things leveled off and we arrived at the jeep soon after. From there we loaded up and returned to Phoenix. It was a good day considering the rain and thunder. I'd like to return to hit Escalante another time.
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