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Cactus Butte Trail #60 - SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking10.01 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking10.01 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   1.52 mph
3,050 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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This was an option that Joe had thrown out the last 3 times he had to choose.
After reading reports from @grasshopper, @ssk44, @cannondalekid, @darthstiller, I was less than excited to get to this one. After he had it as a choice again this week, I told him we needed to make this one go away for good. Since this was a short one, he threw in a tag on hike in the area to get me hooked (one, that we never got to).

A new sign at the TH.... That's a good omen.... Right?

A couple hundred yards of old road end and you just head up until you start seeing cairns. Cairnes and a good GPS track are your friend on this hike.

Later, after you make the first climb and start traversing to the west side of Salome Mountain, long pants/shirt, gaiters, leather shoes/boots, pliers, tweezers, a sense of humor and more time than you think, are important.

When you get to the saddle with the old corral, to gain the top of Panther Mountain, look for a route with a break in the rocks from where you are at and go for it. It will be loose and steep and contain prickly crap. You can find ways around most of it.

I won't deny that the ever changing views are gorgeous on the way up, at the saddle and especially at the top of 5500'.

[ youtube video ]

A one and done for me, but gave us some more ideas in the area.

A good GPS route is highly recommended to stay on or close to this "Trail". As well as long pants/shirt, gaiters, leather shoes/boots, pliers, tweezers and more time than you think.
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