Butterfly Trail (Northeast of Tucson)

Description: Located in the cool forest setting of the Catalina Mountains, the Butterfly trail is very scenic with a variety of trees, wildflowers and butterflies (hence the name). There are some great east-west views along the way. If you love nature, you may not want to miss this hike. After setting up a shuttle, we will start at the Palisades Center trailhead (facilities available) and end at the Soldier Camp trailhead.
Difficulty: Moderate-Diffcult, Distance RT: 5.7 miles
Start Elevation: 7,700 ft, Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
Drive Time: 2.5 hours, Water to Bring: 3 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 7:00AM Pyle Recreation Center
Leader: Jeff
RSVP By: Friday, September 28, 7:00 PM
Special Instructions: Bring lunch. There is a $7 entrance fee per vehicle. If up for it, we can stop in Tucson for some food and refreshments afterwards.



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  • Irma

    Great weather, awesome scenery, great company! Thanks Jeff for showing me this beautiful place.

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    See u guys tmr.. is there a cell phone number I can get hold... just in case... my cell is[masked]

    September 28, 2012

    • Irma

      [masked] - I will ride with Jeff. See you tomorrow.

      September 28, 2012

  • Jeff

    The weather is looking ideal. It should be a great hike. If anyone is interested there is a plane crash site of about 100 yards off the trail we can check out. It is an F86 saber jet fighter from 1965. See everyone tomorrow.

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member


    Here is a good description of the trail with driving directions: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=20
    since I am coming from Globe I will meet you at the TH.

    September 28, 2012

  • Jeff

    Jeremy, no problem bringing your friend. You may want to update your RSVP to add a guest. That will hold a spot for him.

    September 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks jeff.. see u at the trail head... I would like to bring a friend if u dont mind.

    September 25, 2012

  • Irma

    Who is driving?

    September 22, 2012

  • Jeff

    Jeremy, we will be at the trailhead / Palisades visitor center [masked]N, [masked]W) about 9:30am.

    September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, i live in tucson. I will meet you guys at the trail head Carpark. Just need the time to meet and Coordinates for the carpark. Cheers.

    September 8, 2012

  • Irma

    Hi. I know this hike is at the end of the month but wanted to start helping plan the shuttle and confirm it. Could you comment here if you can drive and indicate how many people will fit in your car not counting yourself? Thank you!

    September 8, 2012

  • Jeff

    Kristen thanks for asking. You helped me catch a mistake. The elevation gain is more than I had originally posted. The description is correct now. I also re-rated it as moderate-difficult.

    July 26, 2012

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  • Jeff
    Event Host
  • Irma +1
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest

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