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Quartz and Butterfly, AZ
mini location map2020-01-19
15 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Quartz and Butterfly, AZ 
Quartz and Butterfly, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking8.17 Miles 3,017 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   1.18 mph
3,017 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break
 
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Started from the trailhead around 0700. Very breezy, but not very cool. Heading up to Quartz was pretty uneventful, just a never ending uphill. By the time I was about a third of a mile from the summit, the wind was blowing full force. Staying upright on the scramble was very difficult, and my pace slowed considerably, as I was more focused on not falling from the wind. Quick stop at the summit, then I headed over towards Butterfly.

Slow pace to Butterfly, thanks to the loose rocks, rugged terrain, and non stop wind. I saw three bighorn sheep on the way, but they immediately darted off out of sight. I headed up to the eastern summit of Butterfly, but stopped just shy due to the wind. Poked around the rocks a little, trying to get different pictures and find a place out of the wind. No luck, so I headed back.

At the saddle between Quartz and Butterfly, I headed south down the drainage. I descended this same drainage three years ago, and remembered it as tough but doable. Last time, I took some wide bypasses to avoid the bigger drops in the drainage, but today, I was able to skip some of those bypasses, and tighten up all of the others to spend as much time as possible in the drainage itself, which has less brush than the rocks on either side. Slow and tedious descent, but it was enjoyable. Very warm once I was out of the wind. Lots of wildlife evidence, but I didn't see anything besides birds.

Once in the lower part of the wash, I headed over to the mica quarry to look around, but there were beehives in the mines, and my presence was getting them all agitated, so I didn't stick around. From the mine, I followed an old Jeep road back to the trail, then back to the trailhead. Other than some people parked at the trailhead when I finished, I didn't see anyone else all day. Fun day, but I don't think I'll waste my time on Butterfly in the future. The drainage descent is good though for a visit every few years.
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