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Pine ButtePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2019
LJW
Hiking18.55 Miles 4,468 AEG
Hiking18.55 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   3.29 mph
4,468 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Don't have access to a car to get me up the 201 to hike the ~2 mile trip up and down Pine Butte. Instead, I came in just off the 87 using FR177 and 191. 177 was washed out in a couple places, so I had to walk the extra 3 miles round trip to and from 191.

Perfect day to be in the Mazatzals with clouds covering the peaks above 6000ft up and down the range when I drove in. By the time I was up the trail they had left the peaks but hung out not far above.

191 was recently maintained and was in the best condition I've seen it. Very few stretches that were overgrown. The first switchback used to be lousy with catclaw, but it's wide and clear now.

Stopped off at the swing set on the way up. I forgot just how amazing the views are from were it's situated, but the clouds definitely helped.

Took 191 to where it meets the 201 and started up toward Pine Butte. There is a trail for a while, and then a faint route, but the higher I went the denser with manzanita, scrub oak, etc it became. Views from the top were awesome with great visibility.

More than a few miles could be shaved off of the route by not walking the road in and not going all the way to the 201. It would be easy to get up to the ridge to Pine Butte from 191. Saw no one on the hike and no animals besides a lot of cattle.
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