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Feb 23 2013
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ 
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking15.30 Miles 3,840 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   9 Hrs   59 Mns   1.80 mph
3,840 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break17 LBS Pack
 
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Nice Plan B hike.

Had seen these Buttes from the AZT and always wanted to explore.

Started out cold and the forecast 5-7 mph winds were closer to 25-27 mph.

Scrambled/Boulder hopped up North Butte to some excellent 360 views of the area, including our next climb, South Butte. Decided to find a route off the East side of North Butte, and after one false start, found a manageable route down.

The Wash / Canyon we choose as a route to the Gila panned out, with only one place we had to climb out of the canyon around an obstruction. Now we were on our way across the river and to South Butte.

There was actually a use trail for the easy part of this track. Then it was some more climbing, to the peak, where we had some lunch.

After much deliberation, we picked a route back, that would get us wet crossing the Gila. Turned out to be no big deal where we crossed, the water only being calf high.

Great day with a bunch of goofs...

Video Summary ===> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcjLXgkFW8w

Thanks for driving down there JJ and for introducing me to the Pink Flamingo's
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South Butte
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Feb 23 2013
johnlp
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63 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ 
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2013
johnlp
Hiking15.30 Miles 3,840 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   9 Hrs   59 Mns   1.80 mph
3,840 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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Bruce always comes up with interesting routes to places I haven't been, so joining the trek isn't a tough decision. Tremendous views from both buttes. Wildflowers are coming out nicely. Wet feet four trips in a row with these guys. Excellent company. Waiting for the movie review. Thanks for driving JJ.
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Feb 23 2013
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ 
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking15.30 Miles 3,840 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   9 Hrs   59 Mns   1.80 mph
3,840 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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Bruce put together a winner, although it would have been a little better had it included the Coke Ovens. Oh well just another excuse for me to go back and explore this great area some more.

Both North Butte and South Butte had killer views and the overall hike was a blast! It's always fun hiking with these guys. Good laughs and good times. Thanks for the invite Bruce and I hope you enjoy your Chrismas present. :o
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Feb 23 2013
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ 
North Butte-South Butte Loop, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking14.65 Miles 4,275 AEG
Hiking14.65 Miles   10 Hrs      1.60 mph
4,275 ft AEG      50 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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The Eagle threw together two short hikes I did back in the summer of 2005. Pink Louie and JJ Spicy Snack joined in on the adventure. Each butte has it's own highlights. North Butte feels less traveled. Our ascent was cold and windy. The views at the southern tip were not "as" great as I recalled but figure the weather played into it.

We looked for a route down the east and tracked north in doing so. These views were awesome. The descent wasn't too difficult into a magnificent unnamed? ravine. This creek/canyon etches all the way back to White Canyon Wilderness. Definitely explore-worthy and easy to follow up.

JJ spotted a ramp etched on the east side of North Butte. I ended up getting suckered into the near death trap. Going up was a blast! It turned out to be 3 to 15? feet wide. Right after I passed a questionable spot halfway up the ramp JJ dislodged a rock which sounded like a machine gun for four seconds taking out a small army. As inviting as it looked my nerves went from rock solid to soup in 2.2 seconds.

Turned around and realized it was kinna steep. Did I mention the crumbly rock. Gravel would have been more inviting, at least it doesn't appear solid. What took me a second to go up took ten minutes to figure out going down. The rest was just steep as heck. It was the highlight of my day... whew

Donnelly is still loaded with sand. South Butte is a maze ing.

We took the chain-gang route back. Through the mesquites, forged the mighty Gila and hobo'd the tracks back to Switzerland.
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Mexican popies covered a couple small slopes. Smaller in size compared to a bumper crop year starting in January. A few itty bitty lupines are making an appearance. Might be pretty nice out here for the next month!

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Feb 14 2013
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 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
North Butte - Gila RiverGlobe, AZ
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Woodsnative
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
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 Fountain Hills,
North Butte - Gila RiverGlobe, AZ
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FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,580 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   1.03 mph
1,580 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break25 LBS Pack
 
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My incentive for hiking up North Butte was to find & log the NORTH BUTTE Triangulation Benchmark, its 2 Reference Marks (#1 & #2), and NORTH BUTTE Azimuth Benchmark. I found those 4 disks, plus 2 geocaches, and also found the Summit log. The earliest login I found in the summit log was 1984. (I made a log entry & added more paper, as the existing paper was so dried out, it crumbled in my hand).

This climb was from the west side. There's no trail anywhere, so it's up to your vision & common sense, as to the best & safest bushwhacking way to the top. Ironically, I did a good job choosing my way up, as opposed to the 2 or 3 "backtracks" I had to do coming back down. (For me, it's normally the other way around). So, I can recommend my route "up" for your ascent & for your descent too.

The top is about 1/2 mile long from north to south, and is quite unique, as it varies in width and surface type. The south portion is wider & higher, with a more typical mix of small rocks & desert terra firma. The mid section has huge rock plates, that are difficult to maneuver, as some are quite unstable. The north end is lower and narrower than the south end. It's full of boulders, yet the boulders are easy to navigate on and around.

The NORTH BUTTE Triangulation Benchmark, and its 2 Reference Marks (#1 & #2), are located close to the higher, south edge. The surveyors installed ("monumented") those 3 benchmarks in 1935. The NORTH BUTTE Azimuth Benchmark is at the very far north end of North Butte & was monumented in 1936. The Azimuth mark is a bit tricky to find, but I had the surveyors' datasheet to assist my search.

From the south end, you have wonderful views of the Gila river & South Butte, which lies just across the Gila. South Butte is much lower and smaller than North Butte. The north end of North Butte also has excellent vistas.

The climb down was slow due to all the loose rock, and it was longer due to my backtracking.
All in all, it was a very successful hike. I found all the things I set out to find, and had a great time.
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