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2020-04-25  
Crabtree Direct, AZ
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Crabtree Direct, AZ 
Crabtree Direct, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2020
seanpeters
Hiking3.40 Miles
Hiking3.40 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   0.73 mph
1 LBS Pack
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I convinced my retired climbing partner to join me on a supposed quick jaunt up Crabtree Butte. I had explored the area a few times prior so I knew there quite a few easy options to reach the summit. I had always wanted to hike the most direct line up the western slope because it looks steep and has some decent sized rock faces and house-sized boulders. Wow, it is steep and near the top we ended up climbing up to 5.4 on some loose and exposed rock. Between the bands of rock, dense shrub, endless variety of cacti, and an occasional rattlesnake our upward progress was fairly slow. I doubt we would of been able to descend the same way we came up, it is too steep, loose and thorny. For those that dislike the idea of being pummeled by rock fall or impaled on an agave should probably steer clear of this option to reach the highpoint.

The summit offered panoramic views. We hiked down the much friendlier north side of Crabtree and investigated the rock climbing area near the creek. Water was flowing, fish were swimming, frogs were jumping and birds were singing. This is an unbelievable area that has been carved by water and thankfully forgotten by most. There is almost no litter or signs of H. Sapiens as one wanders.
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Rattlesnake, Turkey Vulture, Bell's Vireo, Gila Woodpecker
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