Maxwell Butte 10/30/2017

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jime
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Maxwell Butte 10/30/2017

Post by jime » November 2nd, 2017, 4:22 pm

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We picked a wonderful fall day to make a trip up to Maxwell Butte. It was a great day for views. There was very little snow on the trail. However, there are about 2 miles that have a lot of blowdowns. It's a bit of an obstacle course - over, under, or around the dead Lodgepole Pine logs. The first mile, before the wilderness boundary, is no problem because this is part of the ski trail network in the area. Then, after you gain enough elevation past Twin Lake, the trees finally thin out, get smaller, and there are fewer blowdowns to contend with.

From the top, there's a up close view of Three Finger Jack.

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Then, Jefferson and Hood to the North.

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And, Washington and Sisters to the South. Cool view of Hoodoo as well.

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Classic older wilderness sign, but looking a little sad on the ground.

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Roundtrip is 9.5 miles and about 2,400 feet elevation gain.

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Re: Maxwell Butte 10/30/2017

Post by kelkev » November 2nd, 2017, 5:35 pm

Looks like a gorgeous day up there. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Maxwell Butte 10/30/2017

Post by justpeachy » November 5th, 2017, 4:54 pm

Wow, great views! I've wanted to do this hike, but every time someone posts about it here they talk about all the blowdown and that has prevented me from trying it.

Love that old wilderness sign. I don't think I've ever seen one like that.
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Re: Maxwell Butte 10/30/2017

Post by miah66 » November 14th, 2017, 12:17 pm

Cool! First time I was up there was last January, when we snow camped on the summit. Great views, you're right!
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