Ascent of Butler Peak on 2014-08-09

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Jose Macias
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butler Peak
    Elevation:8535 ft / 2601 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access notes: FR 2N13C still closed as of August 2014, however the lookout hosts mentioned it had been cleared of downed trees and other debris from the Butler/Slide II Fire. Their truck was parked at the bottom of the tower. The road is currently open only to USFS and affiliated staff (such as lookout volunteers), however it can also be walked or biked. Two bikers were heading down that way. There is no estimated opening date for general public access. The only other way to Butler is via CA-18 for HPS Route 2.

Hiking notes: Traversed on the west ridge from Crafts Peak and descended the southeast ridge (Route 2), then walked on the highway back to the Crafts starting point. The ridge between Crafts and Butler is gentle, but extremely brushy and time-consuming. It can be done with enough patience and determination, however long pants and gloves are highly recommended. Clearing a path through the thorny mess would make for a very enjoyable Crafts-Butler combination starting from Lakeview Saddle. HPS Route 2 is steep, loose and completely exposed to the sun near the top. It is marked with cairns, which can be difficult to see even on the way down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:921 ft / 280 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2155 ft / 655 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:771 ft / 235 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 171 ft / 52 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:Traverse from Crafts Peak XC
    Start Trailhead:Crafts Peak  8364 ft / 2549 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1555 ft / 473 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1405 ft / 428 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:SE Ridge XC/Hwy 18
    End Trailhead:Lakeview Saddle  7130 ft / 2173 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Bear North 08-14

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Crafts Peak2014-08-091484 ft / 452 m
2Butler Peak2014-08-09921 ft / 281 m
3Arctic Point2014-08-091006 ft / 307 m
Total Trip Gain: 3411 ft / 1040 m    Total Trip Loss: 3411 ft / 1040 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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