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Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-03-12
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Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2021
Hiking7.07 Miles 1,147 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   3.26 mph
1,147 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
1st trip
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My day started on Walker Rd. thinking I was going to go up Mt. Union today. Ha! I made it to the trailhead, but realized after post holing for a quarter mile in foot deep snow that without boots, gaiters, snow bibs, snowshoes or skis/skins it was going to be rough. Another day....

This was Plan B and it was snowy on and off, but the skies were amazing, vacilliting between sun and dark snow squalls.

Anyplace that paves a trail as steep as the trail going up Thumb Butte must be busy. I did see two hikers within a few hundred feet of the trailhead, but that was it for people all day. At the saddle I saw 3 Peregrine Falcons circling above the butte and the summit area was closed for nesting.

For the next mile the views of Granite Mountain were pretty amazing. Off towards the Sierra Prieta mountains to the west there were micro systems of heavy snow, puffy clouds and spots of sunshine. Mother nature was putting on one hell of a show today!!

The next few miles were on a system of logging roads that occasionally veered off onto trails that were immediately adjacent to the road. The entire forest had been selectively logged not too long ago, but it didn't deter from the beauty of the forest or diminish the quality of the surroundings.

I think the trail highpoint of the day was the Butte Creek Trail and the Butte Connector Trail. Both were single track and more wild than some of the road sections.

Admittedly, everything is prettier in the freshly fallen snow and it did come down hard at points during the day. Even still moving through these forest trails was not a burden like the freezing my damn feet on Dandera earlier in the day.
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again

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