Ascent of Aztec Butte on 2019-05-03
|Others in Party:||Karen Musser|
|Date:||Friday, May 3, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6312 ft / 1923 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA good family climb and one of the few designated trails in the national park system for tourists that actually has a bit of a challenge. First let me say, that the NP service did a marvelous job of trail finding and making a path through the steeper upper sandstone of the butte in the safest manner possible. If you have good grip boots with Vibram soles you have it made. This would NOT be a an easy tourist walk up in sneakers or sandals - be sure and wear proper footwear this is not a typical NP type hike. I wore approach shoes so was able to walk up and down nearly ever feature without ever touching with hands but Karen in a less traction shoe-wear did a fair amount of crab walking down features. The crux of the hike is just before the vertical caprock and the slab is very steep. I saw people hiking the trail with those baby carries on their back and I was thinking that is not a safe place to take a baby up.
The Butte has very good views of canyons on the backside and was a very nice hike. I would call most of the upper route class 2+ smears. I see most call it a class 3 scramble but you really do not need to put your hands down if you have proper soles and the NP service did a dang good job of making sure there was no real exposure so I am calling it class 2+ but the real good type like you never see in a NP!
On the way back, I had not my fill of scrambling on this delightful sandstone and saw several smaller prominence buttes that are all part of the "Islands in the Sky" and knew they all needed some off trail attention as well.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||262 ft / 79 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||247 ft / 75 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| Grade/Class:||1 through 3; but mos|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gain on way in:||262 ft / 79 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 222 ft / 67 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m|
| Loss on way in:||40 ft / 12 m|
| Distance:||0.9 mi / 1.4 km|
| Start Trailhead:||TH Parking Paved 6090 ft / 1856 m|
| Loss on way out:||207 ft / 63 m|
| Distance:||0.3 mi / 0.5 km|
| End Trailhead:||saddle between peaks 6105 ft / 1860 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Canyon Lands NP|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1990 ft / 607 m Total Trip Loss: 1152 ft / 350 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by William Musser
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