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Butler Canyon Trail

Intermediate

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3.6 mile 5.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 528' 161 m
Descent: -31' -9 m
High: 4,731' 1,442 m
Low: 4,222' 1,287 m

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Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 37% (21°)

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This classic canyon adventure offers spectacular vistas of the Henry Mountains at the end.

Tilman Giese

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This route is one of the day-tripping opportunities between Hite and Hanksville. The rich riparian growth makes this trail occasionally very challenging throughout the first half.

To get started, park near UT 95 and follow the remnants of a doubletrack road for about 600 feet until you reach the canyon wash. There is usually very little or no water in Butler Canyon, which leaves a lot of sand and makes hiking moderately strenuous throughout the entire trail. Tall grasses and willow thickets will equally slow you down.

After 1.2 miles, you'll reach a pour-off that you need to bypass on the right. Climb onto the scaling ledges early on to get to higher ground. Keep right afterwards when a major side canyon opens on the left. The thickets can be nearly impenetrable here. After about 1.7 miles, Butler Canyon assumes the more typical character of a desert canyon, which makes navigating the route a lot easier. Use the slickrock to get around most of the sand.

Two more side canyons open up on the left, but stay to the right. At the last fork, Butler Canyon continues on the left. Follow the right fork and you'll reach an alcove after 500 feet. Right before the alcove, there is a barely noticeable path up a very rocky slope. Carefully ascend the slope to gain the ridge where panoramas of the Henry Mountains await you.

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Mar 26, 2018
Ryan Hall
Apr 28, 2017
Tilman Giese
7.6mi — 3h 16m

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There's a nice panoramic view of Henry Mountains from the top.
Jun 10, 2017 near Monticello, UT
Dramatic rock and sparse vegetation give the Butler Canyon trail all the character of a typical desert canyon.
Jun 10, 2017 near Monticello, UT
Navajo and Kayenta Sandstone is everywhere around the Butler Canyon Trail.
Jun 10, 2017 near Monticello, UT
The dried up wash of Butler Canyon.
Jun 10, 2017 near Monticello, UT

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