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Cardenas ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
BiFrost
Hiking7.82 Miles 3,418 AEG
Hiking7.82 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   1.56 mph
3,418 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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The plan was to do 3 day backpack Salt Trail to Little Colorado River and so I called the pilots in Grand Canyon to inquire about the LCR which they said was blue. But when we got to the rim it was indeed mud brown so the bad intel sent us looking for something else. After some debate and text messages with Chumley we decided to head over to Tanner Trail and make a run at Escalante and Cardenas Buttes. Along the way we ran into Chumley, 9L, Kyle, Rachel, and Jared heading into the canyon doing the Escalante Route from Tanner Trail. We did the first 2 or 3 miles with them before our turnoff for Cardenas Butte. Nice to catch up with everyone even if for only a few hours.

At the turnoff headed up from the trail on eastside ridgeline of Cardenas Butte which is pretty straight forward. Stayed more to the left side of the ridgeline which seemed to be path of least resistance until just below the summit. At that point rock scrambling is required but nothing too difficult on the last few scrambles to the top. Once on top great views in all directions especially of the Colorado River and the Tanner campground area. Quick summit brew and then headed back down this time trying the opposite side of the ridgeline which as I suspected not the way to go but not a show stopper.

Back at the trail decided to pass on Escalante Butte and save it for another time. It was getting late and we wanted to find a car camp spot for the night on forest land just outside the park.
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