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Butler Canyon Trail #98Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2009
tibber
Hiking1.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
100 ft AEG
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I thot I could take my mom on this Interpretive Nature trail but the gradual, tho limited, elevation was more than she could handle so she hung out at the trailhead and took some pictures while I made the round. The weather was gloomy. It is a nice trail. I saw 3 other people. One person mentioned he had seen a bear at the East Fork cabins that are less than a mile from here.
You can pick up a guide at the trailhead for the 21 points of interest. There were lots of brown-eyed susans running along the creek.

After, I had intended on trying out the Big Lake Lookout Tower trail but the weather was very ominous so I decided we would go over and try the Big Lake trail. On the way there, though, the skies opened up and so we cut that cross-country trip (off of SR 373) short by taking the Sunrise Ski Resort turn north. We did get to see a couple deer and some of the wide open countryside before the rain almost blinded our views.

Later in the afternoon and because of the light rain, we went to the Butterfly Lodge Museum which turned out to be a good choice as this museum was once the hunting lodge (built in 1913) of Lone Wolf/ Hart Schultz (an artist) who is the son of James W Schultz (named Apikuni by the Blackfeet). Both of them married Blackfeet Indian women from the Browning, MT area.

Mr. Schultz had ties to George Bird Grinnell and was responsible for getting Mr. Grinnell to Montana. He was a hunting guide around the park area until he got caught doing an illegal hunt. Both of them had a hand in naming many of the peaks in Glacier National Park.

Anyway, if you go up to Greer, the Butterfly Lodge museum is located on the SE Corner at the Intersection of SR 373 and County Road #1126 just down a piece from the Butler Canyon Trailhead.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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