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West Pinto Cuff Button Wildcat, AZ
mini location map2018-12-13
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West Pinto Cuff Button Wildcat, AZ 
West Pinto Cuff Button Wildcat, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2018
survivordude
Hiking12.17 Miles 2,507 AEG
Hiking12.17 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.22 mph
2,507 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I've done haunted canyon a few times and stayed at Tony's place but never really went anywhere else in the Eastern Supes before. This was a great intro to some new territory. I began the trip at the old ranch and headed on West Pinto trail. It was a very beautiful beginning, but once you get out of the meadow, the trees start closing in and visibility is next to zero. The trail mostly stays near or in the creek bed for this first few miles. Cuff Button (which for some reason I have always read as Cliff Burton) is a completely different experience. It starts climbing right away and starts heading up a ridgeline as it crests around the drainage below. This trail is very exposed with little to no shade the whole time. I came across several rocky spots that looked like could have been walls or rooms. There were also some very cool caves and rock outcroppings that looked like could have some ruins. The trail then descends back down to an area heavily used by cows and turns into more of a road until the turn off for Wildcat Canyon. Wildcat started off great and then I got off trail a bit and that catclaw ate me alive. Decided to just stay in a ravine as much as I could to avoid it and keep a straight path. Got back just before sunset and some chilly temps with it. Did not see another soul all day. Will definitely have to come back out for some more exploring out here.
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