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Red Butte Trail - 14 members in 52 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 07 2021
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 706
Hiking3.48 Miles 936 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.64 mph
936 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Red Butte has been on my hike list, and since I was up at the Grand Canyon I decided to go check it out.

This hike turned out to be a good one, and it far exceeded my expectations. "Short and steep" is how I would describe the hike. The hike is on a well maintained, easy-to-follow trail that has a number of switchbacks which ease the pain of the steep climb up to the summit.

There is a large area at the summit to walk around, and there is a cool fire lookout there.

Here is an historical anecdote about the Red Butte Lookout:
May 3, 1913: "Harold Green, forest supervisor, returned from Grand Canyon last Wednesday night, where he had been for the past ten days completing plans for a new telephone line. The line will be about seventeen miles long, extending from a line near Grand Canyon south to Red Butte, which is to be the main fire lookout station for the Grand Canyon division of the Tusayan forest." (Williams News)
There are great 360 degree views at the summit, which I enjoyed even though it was a cloudy day with somewhat limited visibility.

I spent some time on top walking around and I located both benchmarks and all 3 reference marks; perhaps I should change my HAZ user name to "FLIVER-2"! :)

I enjoyed this little hike and I would like to do it again sometime.

Lastly, below is an account of a gruesome incident that took place on Red Butte almost 50 years ago. If you are squeamish, you might not want to read this.
April 13, 1972: "A federal warrant charging unlawful flight has been issued for Thomas Jay Smith, 48, prime suspect in the late February - early March death of Mrs. Addie Lee Venturini, 46, at an isolated cabin near Grand Canyon.
Sheriff Cecil Richardson said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix issued the warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution after receiving information from Coconino County Sheriff's investigators.
Information about Smith and on the murder case has gone out to a number of police agencies in areas where Smith is thought to be, Richardson said.
So far, Smith has managed to elude police agencies.
Investigators said Smith, Mrs. Venturini's traveling companion, apparently used a pipe wrench, ice pick and pistol in the violent death of Mrs. Venturini in a Forest Service fire lookout shack on Red Butte, northeast of the U.S. 180 and Arizona 67 Junction south of Grand Canyon." (Arizona Daily Sun)
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May 30 2021
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65 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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johnlpTriplogs 4,327
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.77 mph
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Sweet little hike between Flag and the Canyon. Saw a pronghorn. Chatted with Topanga in the lookout tower. :)
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May 30 2021
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,584
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
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since we were in the area, john and i made time for a hike up red butte
steady ascent on moderate switchbacks, topping out to great views of the north rim, the peaks, kendrick, and red mountain
friendly new gal staffing the lookout tower
we talked with her for a few minutes
really nice little hike :)
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Jul 09 2018
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
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Four of us spent 3 days clearing several deadfall, encroachers and leaners along #36, refinishing 14 signs along #36 and refinishing 2 signs along #37. The signs were originally varnished so we sanded the signs smooth before applying a wood preservative.

The varnish on south facing signs was particularly blistered and ugly so the hope is that the wood preservative will fair better. Storms rolled in the first two days and gave the forest a nice soaking.

Took a quick trip on Tuesday afternoon out to Shoshone Point. On Wednesday on the way back home went up Red Butte but a third incoming storm persuaded me to turnaround a bit short of the summit.

Fun trip with a great group.
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Dec 19 2017
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32 male
 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2017
hoopshikerTriplogs 16
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Went to Red Butte on a rare off day from Delaware North Deli at Grand Canyon during my 17 day stint. A couple friends I made at Trailer Village, twin brothers Chris and Casey also accompanied me on my trip, it has been a while since I went hiking with other people and I usually do prefer solo hikes but it was a fun time. The road into Red Butte was a little rough for my Nissan Versa but not too bad. We started our ascent and I could feel the elevation of the area effecting me immediately. There is a few really nice areas to view the surrounding geography of Northern Arizona that we all enjoyed. There was some kind of fire lookout on top of the mountain that was pretty cool, wasn't sure if someone was in there but we didn't want to bother them if they were. Finding the right trail back down was a little tricky at first but after that the downhill to my car was pretty smooth sailing.
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Mar 12 2017
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48 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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slowandsteadyTriplogs 694
Hiking3.49 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking3.49 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.99 mph
950 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Mar 12 2017
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2017
BiFrostTriplogs 1,070
Hiking3.49 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking3.49 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.99 mph
950 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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The original plan was to do The Battleship in the canyon but with our Boucher Rapids hike the previous day going so late we decided to take the consolation prize of Red Butte. We pass this butte every time going to the canyon and so I did quick route HAZ lookup and sure enough there was the description. Nice little hike with awesome views on top of Humphreys, Kendrick, and the GC. The trail is very well maintained and some of the best switchbacks I've been on in awhile. We spent about 40 minutes on top enjoying the view and checking out the fire tower. It was locked but we could still enjoy the observation deck. After lunch we headed back down...not exactly The Battleship but nice hike regardless!
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[ checklist ] Red Butte Fire Lookout
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Apr 24 2016
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39 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
Hiking3.20 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   3.31 mph
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After my gym workout, headed over to Red Butte to leave the village, soak in warmer temperatures and get in additional cardio. 70 degrees and sunny; I was the only car and person at the trailhead. Tried to tan my now white arms for a bit, then headed up. The fire tower was manned, so I skipped a trip up the stairs. Headed over to the south end of the Butte and could see that Humphrey still has a decent amount of snow on it. The weather had turned by this point, now very windy, overcast and a little cold, so I headed back down. Except for the person at the tower, nobody else out there.
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Apr 03 2016
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39 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
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Nice late afternoon trip up. There was a truck and a jeep at the trailhead, which is the most number of vehicles I have seen there. A couple and another guy were heading down as I went up. Awesome clear day and always great to feel some warmth, though I want 90 degrees.
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Feb 28 2016
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39 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      59 Mns   3.33 mph
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I felt like leaving the park after my gym workout, so headed to Red Butte. All the snow has melted, except for a select few tiny patches I noticed on the north side from the fire tower. Red Butte is always a nice, little getaway. I didn't see anyone else out there.
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Dec 27 2015
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 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
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I wanted to go somewhere a little bit warmer so I departed from the Canyon at 3:30PM (28 degrees) and arrived at Red Butte 35 minutes later to 36 degrees. I was thrilled that the temperature was above freezing. It does something for me mentally to get above 32 degrees for the day. There was a line of cars going into the Park at the entrance station and judging from the number of people in the lobbies and cafeteria the past two days, it has been a very busy weekend for visitation. However, nobody has been out to Red Butte or hiked the trail since the last snowfall on Friday.
I departed from the trailhead at 4:22PM and the thickest snow on the trail was encountered on the north slope saddle area. The snow, combined with areas of moist soil/mud, recuperating from strength training yesterday, and a couple pounds heavier over the past several weeks, led to an ascent time of 31 minutes. Windy/cold on the north side of the tower and snapped some photos towards Humphrey’s. After about ten minutes up top, I headed back down and returned to my vehicle. Already back down to 27 degrees at the car at 5:32PM, 21 degrees at the post office at 6:10PM and 19 degrees seven minutes later here at the office. Definitely the coldest November and December since I have been at the Canyon in four years. I am hoping that January and February will be a little warmer. Photos to be posted later tonight.
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Nov 05 2015
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Nov 01 2015
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39 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
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After hitting the gym, I felt like getting out of the Village, so off to Red Butte I went. The dirt roads are in excellent condition, much better than on my previous trip, where I had to get out once to see if I could actually pass a section. No such issues this time, nice and smooth, with the ruts gone. As I headed up the trail, I spooked some cows on two occasions, whom took off running in the brush. Man, those guys are fast for such massive animals. A little above the saddle, two more cows were on the trail. I didn't want to disturb them, so backtracked and decided to just head up the steep slopes, off trail. I continued this way up the rock scree to the northerly end of the butte, which was a lot of fun. Headed up the tower, which was unmanned and took in the views. I love it up there. Headed back down after several minutes, with some off trail to avoid the aforementioned cows. Finished as it was getting dark and headed back to the Village. Didn't see anybody else on the trail and always nice to get away for a bit.
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Oct 10 2015
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 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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BoonemanTriplogs 3,866
Hiking3.00 Miles 917 AEG
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On our way to the canyon we made a quick stop to check out Red Butte. This is a nice little peak bag with some geologic significance and a sacred mountain as well.
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Sep 20 2015
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 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
Hiking3.00 Miles 890 AEG
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I wanted to feel some warmth (and not with a hike in the Canyon), so I headed to Red Butte. I took the north-south dirt road very slowly in my little Kia, as the road was rutted in spots from presumed monsoonal rains. I even got out once to assess before continuing. Started the hike around 2:30PM and 84 degrees. The sun felt good to me. After training yesterday and a bit this morning, I wasn't expecting too much for time. I slow jogged the first six minutes, but ended up paying for it later. Hit the rock cairn at the top in 24:30, moseyed over to the lookout and took in the view for several minutes. Nice breeze at the top. I was at the top for about 20 minutes and headed back down. I kind of wanted to come across a rattlesnake on the descent, but no such luck (have they begun hibernation?). Hung out at the trailhead a bit, ate, etc. and stood in the sun. I will take feeling warm as much as I can get with the cold temperatures right around the corner. By 7PM, it had already dropped to 59 back in the village. I didn't see anyone else while I was at Red Butte.
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Jul 07 2015
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69 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Needles CA
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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azbackpackrTriplogs 823
Hiking3.32 Miles 938 AEG
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I did this on the spur of the moment. I had driven to the Benham Trail to climb Bill Williams Mountain, but as I was getting out of the car it started raining. I could see sunshine to the north so I got back into the car and drove toward it. This was taking me toward Red Butte, so I decided to hike that instead.

I'd been meaning to hike to the top of it for some time.

I had a good time talking to Bruce, the fire lookout, and another hiker who lives in Tusayan. I forgot to take any photos of the fire tower.

On the kiosk at the trailhead is a photo of the fire tower, for which they give credit to hikearizona.com! Anyway, glad I went. I stopped by the air museum in Valle on the way home. Interesting day!

The stock tanks in the area are all pretty full, but muddy.
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Jun 01 2015
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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HippyTriplogs 649
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Niko went yesterday, figured it was my turn.

Nothing exciting to report except that I hitchhiked down the 64 then walked what felt like 39 miles to get to the TH after multiple wrong turns on random dirt roads.

Hitched a ride back to the 64 with some old gal who lives out behind the butte near my friend Rebecca.

Tour guide picked me up on her way into the village to "collect" her "peeps". Thanks Paula!!

I'd never thought to hitch to a "mountain" before!! Trailheads often, especially GV & NH but never a butte...
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May 31 2015
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 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Shaved 4 seconds off and was up in 23:41. Enjoyed the warmer weather. Didn't see anybody else out there.
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May 10 2015
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39 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
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Up in 24:36, if I recall correctly. Not bad after a full body the day prior. Cold at top in the wind. The lookout tower is apparently being manned now as the blinds were up, exposing the interior. The month prior this was not the case. After the hike, did some hill sprints adjacent to the trailhead area. I hate running for any type of distance (say, greater than 0.20 miles) but have discovered running up hills for very short durations is fun. Didn't see anyone else out there.
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Mar 15 2015
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 Kingman, AZ
Red Butte TrailNorthwest, AZ
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nikorock28Triplogs 982
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Driving back from Williams and decided to stop for a Red Butte special. Off around 5PM to near perfect hiking temperatures. Pushed about as hard as I could and hit a personal best of 23:45. I stayed up top for about 25 minutes, where it was cold in the wind, then headed back down. Didn't see anyone the whole time.
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