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Big Southern Butte

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A pick your own hike to the top of the Big Southern Butte with views across the Arco desert.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Point to Point

7,559' 2,304 m

High

5,729' 1,746 m

Low

1,881' 573 m

Up

50' 15 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Geological Significance · Views · Wildlife

Approximate season of use is mid-May through October, depending on snow levels and road conditions.

Need to Know

No nearby bathrooms. You may find one in Atomic City, maybe. The BLM land this is in is mostly used for cattle grazing, and is an open range. Be prepared to yield to cattle in the roads.

Description

This trail is on a single-lane BLM road that is shared with horses, cars, and ATVs. This is not a strict hike, and you can "pick your own adventure" by parking at various spots along the road, and hiking up or down from the car. For an easier route, park at the top of the butte, and hike back down the road. For a more difficult hike, park at the start of the trail, and rhx from the base of the butte to the summit.

It is highly recommended you have four wheel drive to access this trail. It is about an hour drive from Atomic City to the base of butte, and in good weather can be done in a two wheel drive car. I would recommend using OpenStreetMap (osm.org) to navigate to "Big Southern Butte". If you plan to drive up the Butte at all, four wheel drive is mandatory.

Flora & Fauna

Patches of coniferous forest. Mostly sagebrush, and desert flora.

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Shared By:

Micah Gale

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View from the top of Big Southern Butte looking to the base
Jun 14, 2020 near Arco, ID
Picture from the base Big Southern Butte
Jun 14, 2020 near Arco, ID
The trail near to the top of the Big Southern Butte
Jun 14, 2020 near Arco, ID

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