|Hiking||4.46 Miles|| 5 Hrs 35 Mns ||1.75 mph|
|1,375 ft AEG|| 3 Hrs 2 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|Butte - An isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa).|
The only thing missing from this 'butte' is the 'flat top'. There is no flat top - Just a curved ridgeline with steep sides.
I want a refund.
This specific Black Butte is just south of the Vulture Mountain Range, and northwest of the Hassayampa Plain, and the Belmont Mountains.
The last 5 miles of the 10 mile dirt road was a 5 mph crawl, with small spurts all the way up to 10 mph. High clearance, 4WD is needed. Plus the shorter the wheel base, the better.
There's actually one drop down to a wash that is so eroded, I was wishing I was in a narrow ATV.
Totally forget this road if it's wet.
I parked near a very new looking wildlife catchment, which was near the azimuth mark area.
I first spent over an hour searching for the Black Butte Azimuth Mark, to no avail. The disk was placed off the butte in a "ground level rock outcrop", in 1948. The whole azimuth disk area is loaded with "ground level rock outcrops", and after 71 years, most of them are now underground, covered with sand and rock.
I boot-scraped a dozen of them with no luck. I'm sure the disk is there, but hiding underground now.
Check out my track and you'll note my futile, back and forth, on the azimuth line.
I then continued on to the butte, which has a long, black, V shaped ridge. The ridge is very narrow, and is loaded with black, sharp, jagged-edged boulders.
(Boulder hopping on rounded boulders is easy compared to these mean shaped guys).
About half way up to the high point , (and to the Black Butte Benchmark), the outer edge of this narrow, curved ridge is almost straight down. The inner edge of the curve is a steep downslope, dominated by boulders all the way to the desert floor. The butte makes a half circle, with the interior curve looking like a huge stadium, with black boulders for high rise bleacher seats.
After locating the 3 disks on the high point, I backtracked down the same ridge. I bailed the ridge a bit further down, as the terrain to the desert floor was less bouldery.
The drive out was just as slow as the inbound drive.
Using Joe's 1 thru 5, star rating criteria for hikes, I'll give this hike a rating of only two stars, which Joe defines as - "Interesting".
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|