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2020-06-28  
Blacktail and Butler Mountain, ID
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Blacktail and Butler Mountain, ID 
Blacktail and Butler Mountain, ID
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking5.94 Miles 1,877 AEG
Hiking5.94 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.61 mph
1,877 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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Cool and breezy when we got to the trailhead. The first thing we noticed was a Husky running around, but no owner. Mystery was quickly solved when we noticed laminated signs posted in two places with a picture of the same dog and a note from the owner explaining that they lived nearby and the dog likes to visit with hikers—basically it’s the trailhead host.

Got started up the Talache-Blacktail Trail. Steep and rocky, but easy to follow. Tons of switchbacks for the first mile, then the views opened up a bit. Steeper for the second mile up to the saddle. Cool temps in the 50’s were perfect for staying cool during the climb.

At the saddle, we took the right fork and headed south to Blacktail Mtn, which is less than 1/4 mile away. Mostly flat walk over to it, with a little uphill of about 20’ to the summit. The summit was clear and had great views. We had a snack break and rested, then headed back down to the saddle.

From the saddle, we took the left fork north to Butler Mtn, about 3/4 mile away. Again, mostly flat, with a small climb up to Butler. We crossed paths with the same dog again, while she was escorting another hiker. Butler is more vague as a peak, but when we got to a small clearing, we left the trail and walked about 30’ over to the highest spot. It was littered with rocks painted yellow, and I’m guessing that used to be a cairn marking the summit. No views, and no places to sit, so we headed back down. Timberline in this area seems to hover around 5000’, as I’ve noticed the trees get significantly smaller or disappear around this elevation.

From the saddle, we headed back downhill. Steep hike back down, with some slippery spots in the rocks, but nothing too bad. Once again, the dog greeted us at the trailhead and the kids played with her for a few minutes. Fun hike, and the kids want to hike Blacktail Mtn again.
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