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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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deborah
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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.



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joanelainemarshall
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3/5/2020
We didn't go out to Bow Willow. Started at the Mountain Palm Grove and hiked out to the Torote Bowl to see the elephant trees. Then, we hiked around the palm grove loop. 4 days of hiking. We climbed Granite Peak via Cool Canyon also.
Joan
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dsefcik
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3/5/2020
dsefcik
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joanelainemarshall wrote:
We didn't go out to Bow Willow. Started at the Mountain Palm Grove and hiked out to the Torote Bowl to see the elephant trees. Then, we hiked around the palm grove loop. 4 days of hiking. We climbed Granite Peak via Cool Canyon also.
Joan

I guess I just kinda lump in Mtn Palm Springs area with Bow Willow but yes, what you described is what I had in mind. Was the honey comb photo from cool canyon?

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Rocko1
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3/6/2020
Rocko1
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joanelainemarshall wrote:
Were were just there. Here's our pics. https://photos.app.goo.gl/cqE4nKmrVE9BpV46A

I can't figure out how to embed a photo here...

Joan


Love the Horned Toad picture. Such fantastic camoflauge. Granite via Cool Canyon is a great hike. Thanks for sharing.
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rockhopper
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3/6/2020
rockhopper
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The hand cart. I knew a old prospector that used to sell Gold nuggets at a County fair. He used a hand cart like that to pack in tools and even a mini dredge. He was working in the San Bernardino National Forests. Butler is right on the San Jacinto fault. That are has the highest seismic activity in the entire state. Some amazing geology out there. It's been too long. Need to get out there again.
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