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Bronco Butte - CarefreePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,625 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.52 mph
2,625 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
 
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Tracie and I were looking for a hike that we haven't done and for a peak to bag, and Bronco Butte fit the bill on both counts, so off we went.

It was a crisp 40 degrees at the TH when we started the hike. The TH was huge -- I can't imagine that there would ever be a shortage of places to park.

Bronco Butte Trail #245 was in good shape and was easy to follow. After a little over 3 miles, we went on the China Wall/Bronco Creek Trail the rest of the way to Bronco Butte. This trail was pretty easy to follow until we got to a barb wire corral. Thereafter, the trail was faint in some places, and I had to use a GPS some on the way to Bronco Butte. On the way back I had an easier time following the trail.

The hike to Bronco Butte was nice. We stopped and looked at a water trough that had a pipe dripping water in it, presumably running from a spring. A drip of water came out about every 2-3 seconds.

The views on top of Bronco Butte were much nicer than I would have thought. We had good views of Quien Sabe Peak, Skull Mesa, New River Mesa, and Elephant Mountain. To the SE, you could see Butte Peak(the City of Scottsdale High Point) and Gold Hill not far away. It looked like the private trails going up to Butte Peak were well constructed and maintained.

Judging from the entries in the log book at the summit, not many people bag this peak. There was only one entry before ours in 2018 -- back on St. Patricks Day.

On the way back we went by some of the China Wall. We didn't spend as much time looking around as I would have liked, but we did see a couple of mining sites where there were holes in the ground where rock had been blasted -- the holes were maybe 4 feet deep.

This was not the greatest hike that I have ever done, but it certainly isn't the worst...and I imagine that I will do the hike again sometime, and will spend a bit more time poking around the China Wall.

EDIT: I came out here again and found the airplane wreckage just west of the northern part of the China Wall. Here are some details on the plane crash, which occured on Feb. 25, 2011: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=94036
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I noticed quite a few poppies and globemallow in bloom.
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