With our compatriot Sierra away in San Diego, bagging Urban Summits, Bolimasa and I decided we needed an adventure. A Cheeseburger Adventure. And, everyone knows that ones starts and adventure by heading west. A little research showed us that west of the Wasatch there's another mountain range. Imagine that! And in that other range there are accessible peaks just waiting for intrepid Cheeseburger Summiteers to climb their heights and enjoy delicious cheeseburgers.
Its been a tough summer in Utah. Hot, dry and smokey and today was no exception. And, instead of the usual 20 minute drive to the trailhead, we had a 40 mile commute west, through strange parts. Google Maps didnt let us down. As we headed up Butterfield Canyon road we saw several deer with fawns and a herd of turkeys. At the top of the pass we disembarked and Bolimasa remembered the directions she read on-line. "Walk 15 steps from the main road, turn around 3 times and click your heels together and take the single track." So we did and off we went.
There is very little in the way of literature to guide one to the Butterfield Peaks. Yes, there are two peaks here though this site does not show or seem to credit both. There are a few on-line resources but they consist of general descriptions and vague comments. Most of the posts make it sound as if the peaks are right off the road. That is not the case. I estimate they are 2.5 miles from the road on a pretty decent scree trail. The trail moves through lovely pine and aspen forest as well as dry scrub. It was more picturesque than we had imagined and we made a mental note to come back out this way in the fall, when its cooler and hopefully less smoky. About a half hour into the hike we spotted our first objective, identified by the radio (?) towers behind the pines. Another hour and we spotted the side trail leading to the summits. The summits are not pretty. Barren of trees, and covered with gravel, these are summits are home to radio towers or transponders. We ate cheeseburgers, then walked the to the other peak, ate again then got back on the trail, happy to have put cheeseburgers on two new peaks.
Bolimasa and our first objective.
Looking east: We played "Where's the Wasatch?"
Atop Peak 1 with Peak 2 behind us.
Atop peak 2 with Kennecott Copper Mine in the background.