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Butterfly Trail #536 - MingusPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2018
kelly14
Hiking5.32 Miles 599 AEG
Hiking5.32 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   1.73 mph
599 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Wow what a great day of hiking! It started off a little hectic though. Nearing Butterfly spring (which was bone dry) we were greeted by I kid you not hundreds of crows. :o It felt like a scene out of a horror movie. They were darting in and out of the trees above us and was actually making us nervous because they would happen to always take off right when we went below them and were knocking dead branches down the trees and onto the ground all around us :o No clue why they chose to congregate in that area?

Anyway we continued up the canyon which was absolutely beautiful. I loved the forest here. Was not expecting the more mixed conifer type forest here. Also lots of beautiful oak trees. And tons of wildlife! Spooked 1 female elk, and as we neared the rim there we saw 7 deer! Those deer picked a hell of a spot to hang out. The views here were insane. We took our lunch break here and enjoyed seeing the red rocks of Sedona, Humphreys Peak, and basically all of northern Arizona :) We just kinda putzed around on the way back. Mainly off trailed it occasionally bumping into West Rim trail # 538 and believe we saw the Middle Trail #537 at 1 point. Just as the hike was winding down and we were getting into the homestretch we spooked 3 more elk! Bull Elk! They had their beautiful velvet antlers and considering it was only may was surprised how big their racks were. :?

This hike was awesome, with the views, wildlife, and cool mountain air. Definitely picked a good one to get away from the 105f weather in Phoenix yesterday!

ps there was a very nice trail that went up Butterfly Canyon that eventually started switchbacking up the southern side. We started off trail at this point but if I had to guess it was gonna link up with the middle trail. Didn't see this trail on any maps.
Fauna
Fauna
Mule Deer

dry Butterfly Spring Dry Dry
bone dry

dry Butterfly Tank Dry Dry
very very dry.
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