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Finding a clear view: Butler Fork to Mount Raymond

Thursday September 5, 2013


View from Mount Raymond


A rocky knife-edge rose up ahead of me like the spine of a large monster. Okay, I'm being a little dramatic because I really don't like heights. I stood there alone, wondering if this really was the trail to Mount Raymond. "Seriously, what the....?" I muttered under my breath. Then I did something completely out of place for a hiker standing out on the wilderness, I checked to see if I had a signal on my phone and Googled the trail to make sure I hadn't left the safe and reasonable trail somewhere behind me. An article on the trail slowly loaded on my phone, "The most daunting part of the hike is a steep knife edge," Oh my, I guess this is my trail. Yippee. I stowed the phone safely in my pack and began scrambling up the monster's stony back...

I hadn't been hiking solo much lately and felt a need to connect with myself on the trail. Often it takes an hour or more of rhythmic steps on a quiet hike for me to sort out what it is that I need to think through. I selected Mount Raymond because it would take four to five hours and promised a 360 view from its summit. Perhaps in that time I could find some clarity.

The trail began in Big Cottonwood Canyon at the Butler Fork Trailhead on the left side of the road. Even on a weekend I was surprised to find ample parking. The route has a few turns, which require hikers to pay attention. I would have had trouble if I hadn't carried my topo map because the way is not very obvious at times. There is very little chance of getting lost per se, but you may have trouble getting where you hope to go.  Read full story...


The Trail to Mount Raymond Appeared Landscaped