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Viper
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1/21/2020
Viper
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Had a quick trip to Butler Canyon over the weekend. We got a very late start, arriving at 3 pm, so we could only explore a couple of miles of the canyon. But it was a perfect afternoon--70 degrees and no wind--and it was the highlight of my weekend just to be out there, even for a couple of hours.


Rockhouse Canyon Rd. is in great shape. We drove to the Butler/Rockhouse junction and then drove about another mile towards Butler before parking. There is one small stretch of deep sand about 8 miles from S-22 where I used 4WD (and probably needed it). No other issues at all with the road.

Even though there have been some obvious flash floods, Butler Canyon makes for some very easy walking as far as desert canyons go.

Looking back towards the canyon mouth:


Ran across the remnants of a hand cart that has been ravaged by time (and floods).



Here is what the cart looked like in 2012, from Daren's trip report:


The next flash flood may bury it for good. And that was a good reminder of the fleeting nature of the desert landscape. The canyon may have been dead calm on my visit but it is ever-changing and will look different the next time.

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surfponto
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surfponto
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Thanks for sharing.
I need to get up there.
I spend too much time in the south. :-)

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Thanks for posting that..I was out there with my son at Christmas and saw how buried the cart was...maybe it will get un-buried after the next flash flood thru there..! Did you find the BHS skull and bones?

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Rocko1
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1/21/2020
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Great report! I really need to get out there I just don't think my 2wd Ford Escape will do well. I drove it in about 5.5 miles in from the road and that was about as far as I felt comfortable.
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Viper
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1/21/2020
Viper
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dsefcik wrote:
Did you find the BHS skull and bones?



I did not see the skull and bones, but I definitely need to spend more time exploring the canyon.
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1/24/2020
deborah
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Nice!! I love the rocks out there.

On my last trip to Butler Canyon I saw two skulls, and the cart was mostly buried. I guess that was in 2017.



edited by deborah on 1/24/2020

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