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Black Butte Dam and 21 Goats (via Falling Man) Route
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Black Butte Dam
Black Butte Dam
Departing Black Butte Dam (view N)

Overview

Black Butte Dam was built by cattlemen years ago. The reservoir is filling in with sediment, but it still holds a fair bit of water during wet years. This route is fairly easy, but parts of the route cross rocky areas where the use-trail is faint.

The outbound route is described elsewhere, but here photos and text describe the hike from Black Butte Dam to the Falling Man Trailhead.

Departing the dam, the route stays right on a use-trail into the main wash, which is followed to the 21 Goats rock art site. From there, the route turns north and ascends a rocky gully to the ridgeline above, and then use-trails are followed into the Falling Man area and back to the trailhead.

Link to hiking map.

Black Butte Dam
Exiting the dam area via the shortcut use-trail (view N)
Black Butte Dam
Exiting the dam area via the shortcut (view N)
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Exiting the dam via the old road (view E)
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Hikers returning up the wash (view E)
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The route heads up the main wash (view E)
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In the main wash, getting to the sandstone crags (view E)
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Hiker returning up the wash (view E)
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Returning up the wash (view E)
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Approaching 21 Goats (view NE)
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Hiker at 21 Goats panel (view E)
Black Butte Dam
Exiting 21 Goats site (view N)
Black Butte Dam
Hikers climbing back onto ridge (view NE)
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Hikers climbing back onto ridge (view NE)
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Hikers on use-trails heading towards Falling Man area (view NE)
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Hikers on use-trails heading for Falling Man area (view NE)
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Hikers on use-trails heading for Falling Man area (view NE)
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Approaching Falling Man area (view NE)
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Hikers passing the tinajas (view E)
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Above tinajas, route bends left through sandy area (view NE)
Black Butte Dam
Above tinajas, route bends left through sandy area (view NE)
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Past sandy area, route turns northeast over slickrock
Black Butte Dam
Past sandy area, route turns north over slickrock
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Hikers passing Falling Man site (view N)
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Hikers returning to the trailhead (view N)

Table 1. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27, UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
07 Black Butte Dam 751379 4042816 2303 0.00 0.00
05 21 Goats Petro Site 751672 4043074 2315 0.35 0.35
04 Low Ridge 751643 4043234 2370 0.14 0.49
03 Low Saddle 751971 4043623 2426 0.34 0.83
02 End of Old Road 752065 4043799 2432 0.19 1.02
01 Falling Man Trailhead 752138 4044187 2393 0.25 1.27

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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