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Roblas Butte - 6 members in 12 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 08 2017
Steph_and_Blake
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 Grand Junction,
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 810 AEG
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On March 8th, 2017 we set out to hike to the top of Roblas Butte and used one of the existing GPS routes already on HAZ. As far as we could tell, there wasn't much of a trail nor any cairns. But, it was easy to see where we needed to go so we just picked the path of least resistance. There were some areas where we had to pay extra attention to our footing due to loose rocks, but the vegetation was mostly jojoba and grass (i.e. little cat's claw :y: ). After reaching the saddle we headed south and to the east side of the northern end of the butte. About halfway up to the top we were thrilled to see 9 sheep. We took plenty of photos and even heard them, well, I'm not sure what you would call it. They made a sound that seemed like a cross between a cow's moo and a sheep's baaahhh. Anyway, they decided they'd had enough of the photo session and took off. We scrambled to the top and enjoyed the views. It was a beautiful day to be out with our friends.
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Jan 01 2016
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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rayhuston
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"Short, steep and sweet." I think those were Pam's words. It was indeed. Great hike on a great day with great company.

Pam, thanks for organizing and for bringing all of those wonderful goodies! Angela, Preston, Larry, Barrett, James and Olivia, it was very nice meeting and hiking with all of you. This was a very fun way to ring in the new year!
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Jan 01 2016
kingsnake
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking2.18 Miles 879 AEG
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While I putting together my 2015 photo highlights video ( [ photoset ] ), I realized that what looked like good photos, viewed normally, did not look quite so good when placed in a video. The main reason being that I shot the stills in 4:3, whereas I have been shooting my video segments in 16:9. Lucklily, that is adjustable, so I switched the stills to shoot 16:9. This is the first hike where I have tested the new still format. Let's see how it goes ... :-k

I took 42 pics and 2 videos, which may seem like a lot for a 3-mile hike, but in reality that was only 16 different views, with some shot as many as eight times, each a slightly different way, just to make sure I got one good photo out of the view. (Anymore would not have been safe.) I do that anyway, even when I am not experimenting with a new format. Just because you are paranoid, does not mean computers are not out to get you. 8-[

Three years ago, at Vulture Peak, I only made it up to the saddle, and did not have the confidence to make the final scramble. Doing Palomino Mountain (e.g. Aylor's Arch) about this time last year, really made a difference in my confidence. So, while this was steep, and slippery, and with narrow ledges, my confidence only slightly wavered once, on the way up, just below the saddle. But I was taking my time, and watching my footing, and I trusted Pam to tell me where to go. :whistle:

Once up to the saddle, the final scramble over to the summit, was no problem. Much merriment was had ... and summit libations as well. PAM'S STRAWBERRIES ARE TO DIE FOR. :stretch:

While on the way up, I had looked down once, and thought, "Wow, that is steep!" But once we actually started down, it really was not bad. Usually down hill is more difficult, but in this case I actually felt it was easier. :)

I was hoping to get down in time, to get back home, to catch the end of the Fiesta Bowl, but I knew that would not be possible. No disrespect to Notre Dame, but I am a Buckeye Baby, so I'm glad Ohio State won. :y:

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New Year Video: https://youtu.be/2- ... 8Hoo
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Jan 01 2016
SpiderLegs
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 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Hiking2.00 Miles 810 AEG
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Just remembered that I did not post a triplog from last week. What more can be said, there was bushwacking, peakbagging, festive cheer and summit libations. Great way to start the new year. Thanks again to Pam for putting this together.
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Jan 01 2016
Oregon_Hiker
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 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
5th Annual New Year's Day Topper, AZ 
5th Annual New Year's Day Topper, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2016
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Hiking1.60 Miles 844 AEG
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Another fun New Year's Topper thanks to Pam. This was the fifth such event organized and provisioned by Pam but just the third for me. Barrett provides a good description of the hike in his triplog. There were fabulous views from the top and just enough room for our small group to cheer in the New Year.
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 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
5th Annual New Year's Day Topper, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 01 2016
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Hiking1.90 Miles 810 AEG
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Another New Year Winner! :y: Somehow, I Blind Picked a "Peak" this Year and it was Perfect! I have some Wonderfully Adventurous Souls that also take the Time to Post, to Thank for that! : app : A Search of the Area, found some Triplogs and Photosets for this that looked and sounded pretty Sweet, and it was ON! My Gut Feelings on this were Confirmed when I did a Scouting Trip a few days ago...The Distance, Elevation and Appeal was Spot On, especially this Year.

I had a little Performance Anxiety even on this one, as I've been Off for so long, but everyone was gracious about Carrying "Stuff" and although I didn't carry much, I elected to finally put on the Day Pack, instead of a Butt Pack and it was Fine. Not sure if the Ribs are still broken or not, they feel about the same as they did a Month ago and they were still Broken then... Guess I'll find out next Week... :sweat: I did ok on this Hike considering... I was pleased that I didn't hold anyone up for too long... :D

I missed some Familiar Faces this Year, but certainly enjoyed the 3 other Regulars and the New Year's "Newbies"...It was Great to see everyone again and meet Olivia for the first Time! I had only met James once and had never Hiked with him, so it was good to get to know him a bit more too!

I really enjoy the Fact that this Hike has always been Open to Everyone, regardless of their "Speed" and that even the Better, Faster Hikers still Elect to take Part. I really Appreciate the Enthusiasm and Participation in helping me Ring in the New Year in Style... :D And...It's just Flat Out FUN... :y: Thank you to all that Joined me this Year and I Sincerely hope to see you all Back for Next Year's Hike, wherever that may be... :DANCE: HAZ and it's Members ROCK! :y: :app: :y: :app: :y:
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Jan 01 2016
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
5th Annual New Year's Day Topper, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 01 2016
tibber
Hiking1.96 Miles 932 AEG
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sorry this is late but I got sick over the New Year's weekend.

Finally I got to attend the HAZ New Year's Day event. I was quite excited even though I'm way out of hiking shape due to an unfortunate end of 2015. But I was going to give it my best shot and I actually was pretty pleased with how I did. And it is amazing how much straight up there is; fortunately it's not too long but seemed longer on the way down. I am also going to defer to everyone else's trip logs as I think they all described it quite well. I will let my videos and pictures speak to you more about the adventure.

I only have to add: First, Ray was kind enough to be the sweeper today; that was very nice! Good first impression.
Second, "Who would think one could be so stuffed after eating 4 choc covered strawberries, 1 oatmeal cookie and 1 1/2 glasses of champagne on a summit?!" And then after we arrived back at the trailhead I ate 4 more choc covered strawberries and 1 more glass of champagne (as Ray said it was a long way to the highway ;) ).

Here are the 3 videos that I shot, which isn't exactly easy due to the terrain. I did not use the youtube stabilizer on any of them this time because I was hiking very slowly. The zooms will be a bit shaky due to that and there are some other shaky moments but because this camera has such a good stabilizer (thank you Pany), the videos are not too bad. It was very windy so I had to use my High Pass filter which I think does a nice job of filtering the wind but letting you know it's windy without being too obnoxious to listen to.

Up we go - https://youtu.be/hP ... yGok
from the saddle, along the top, Happy New Year - https://youtu.be/Iq ... RJGo
down, down, down we go - https://youtu.be/oz ... K_pQ (I couldn't handle the wind noise anymore so this one has music; didn't turn out too bad though)

and if you're curious, here is the video (including pics) of our flight from GTF to PHX Gateway including over Lake Powell and Roosevelt Lake:
from GTF to southern Utah. Pretty good views of the Missouri River and the snow-covered landscape. I also got some sort of canyonland area as I spotted some sort of rock monument but I'm not familiar enough with the area, at first I thot it as Spider Rock but as far as I know, we weren't near Canyon de Chelly.
https://youtu.be/ex ... M3C8
the second video (including pics) is from Lake Powell area, over Superstitions. I think some of you will recognize areas you have been to https://youtu.be/ex ... M3C8
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Dec 26 2015
ssk44
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46 male
 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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ssk44
Hiking1.00 Miles 810 AEG
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This was a long overdue revisit. It's been about four years. I just noticed while posting that there's an event planned hear for New Years Day! That's funny.. I'm a week early! I really love this butte. Its just a fun short scramble hike. Not too easy and not too hard. The views are some of the best around!


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Feb 22 2013
ssk44
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 Gilbert, AZ
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
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Sep 07 2012
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking1.65 Miles 779 AEG
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The day didn't look very promising with heavy overcast skies and drizzle, but again a week had gone by without a hike so I headed out with hopes by time I hit the trail it would be clearing.

My plan was to summit both Roblas Butte and Peak 3086, 3/4 mile to the northeast. After studying topo and satellite maps I decided the best approach would be from the east, just off FR252. It was still a steady drizzle when I left Hewitt Road and dropped into the wash at the start of FR252. Shortly before my designated trailhead I got a glimpse of bright light through an opening in the clouds and I thought I just might have a dry hike.

No such luck. In fact, if I hadn't taken a number of photos before getting into the climb I wouldn't have any of Roblas Butte because very low hanging clouds moved in, bring back memories of my first Picketpost East attempt... at times the visibility was ten feet or less. Thankfully the extra time I spent drawing out a detailed GPS track or I would have wandered for hours and may not have located the summit.

Due to such low visibility it took more than a little time to locate the summit log. But even that was the easy part... by time I found it rain-gear or not, my hands were like prunes so a glass jar with metal lid rusted against the lip presented an almost insurmountable task. I worked so hard at it I almost solved the problem by accidentally dropping and breaking it, only I caught it just before disaster. For my last attempt I took off my climbing (biking) gloves, wrung them out (I could have filled a cup with the water) as much as I could, then held my hands on the lid for a minute or two, put the gloves back on and with the jar held between my feet gave it one last twist... and the lid turned ever-so-slowly but it opened! But now, in the whipping rain, how do I keep the notebook dry while I wrote my entry? To start with I made the mistake of using the felt-tip pen in the jar but enough rain hit the page that the ink ran. Ok, tear that sheet out and start over, this time with the small pencil. I didn't even take the extra moment to write about the wonderful view from there because, frankly, at that moment there was none.

Ok, the first summit has been reached, time to head back and maybe dry a little before taking the next one on. With the visibility so poor, whenever I had the opportunity I took photos. Eventually I got a few drops on the lens and in the attempt to dry it with my shirt, I made it worse. Unbeknownst to me, although my shirt felt dry it was thoroughly soaked. Whether it was rain water or from sweat, the material was such I did not feel wet at all.

Anyway, so much for more photos... but then I encountered a spider unlike any I'd ever seen before and I just had to take a photo of it. After trying everything I could think of to dry the lens I was about to give up when I remembered I had made off with Tracey's new camera (Canon PowerShot SX260 HS) to try out, and being in a ziploc bag it was the only item not totally soaked. So being very careful to keep the rain off the lens I took a half-dozen photos of the spider, of which only two were any good. The rest of the climb down I used Tracey's camera, but I took great pains to keep from allowing even a drop to reach it.

By time I reached the car, being soaked through-and-through I decided Peak 3086 could wait. With so much of the day left I was in a mood to explore the roads out this way but it wouldn't be minutes before the seat was soaked as well, so I stripped down and changed into a complete fresh and (most luxuriously) DRY set of clothes and set out to explore.

It did cross my mind it may not be the best idea to be driving on muddy roads through washes during a heavy rain with only highway-tread tires, but then I'm the adventurous sort so I didn't let it stop me, or did it? I guess you'll have to wait for that triplog to find out.

Although poor weather for it I took over 60 photos during the hike, but I still haven't had a chance to get them all geocoded and captioned for posting. What with preparing for a trip to CA next week, beginning the modifications on the Cherokee and trying to sell two vehicles it might be a few days or more. But... I sold the Samurai yesterday!
:y: and :cry:
Had a lump in my throat when it left... on a tow bar behind a monstrous 4 door Toyota Tundra.
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Mar 13 2012
Charger55
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 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2012
Charger55
Hiking3.00 Miles 810 AEG
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With gas at $4/gallon I think I'll be sticking close to home this spring. So I took one last trip to the Queen Valley/Superior area to finish up the last hike on my winter to-do list.

I wanted to do this one when I did Elephant Arch a couple of weeks ago but didn't have the time. It's a short but tough bushwhack up the western drainage. The GPS lists this as 0.6 miles but it took me 1hr 15min to reach the summit. The summit register is a small mason jar with a memo pad and some loose papers going back to 1996. SSK44 appears to be a semi-frequent visitor to the to the top, although before I signed in no one had been there since January 2011. I descended the gentler eastern drainage. So this is where all the wildflowers are hiding this year! All the colors of spring were well represented; yellow, purple, white and red. Sorry, I don't do well with flower photos. The drainage ends at the windmill and cottonwood trees in Roblas Canyon. I followed that south to the jeep road, made a side trip to the Bomboy Mining District and then retraced the jeep road back to my car parked near the corral at Hewitt Canyon Road.
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Dec 31 2010
ssk44
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Roblas ButteGlobe, AZ
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ssk44
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Roblas Butte

Ridiculously cool! Beautiful, awesome views, rugged spine summit, manageable terrain, and short. Enough said.
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