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Quartz & Butterfly, AZ
mini location map2016-10-09
8 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Quartz & Butterfly, AZ 
Quartz & Butterfly, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.69 Miles 3,249 AEG
Hiking7.69 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.64 mph
3,249 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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johnlp
JuanJaimeiii
LindaAnn
Tortoise_Hiker
got to tag along on denny's first trip up quartz :)
jj drove us in from the south - shorter and quicker, 4wd needed
set out a little before 8:00
steady grade on the ascent
the trail follows a ridge, providing great views of both rainbow valley and the estrella ridgeline
topped out on quartz to a unique summit
along the way, jj was pitching a side trip to butterfly, and all of us were in
not a bad traverse and I realized that was because there was very little scree
some ups and downs on good rock at times but some sticker bushes to negotiate in places
a good scramble up to the highest point of butterfly with a couple spots to practice climbing
a different perspective of the estrellas from here
we all made it down safely, then went over to the east wing
after a short break, headed back down and across to the base of quartz
easy enough descent once we reached the trail
third time up to quartz and I still love this hike
butterfly was a nice addition to make the drive worthwhile
a new peak for me, and now i'd like to hit montezuma and montezuma sleeping
don't need to do the entire ridgeline or anything ;)
nice to hike with linda for the first time
stopped in maricopa for some tacos on the way home :)
fun day with good company
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