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Chews Ridge & Black Butte
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Tupperware summit register placed in May 03 by Mike Splain.  No additional entries since Mike's original log.
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Tupperware summit register placed in May 03 by Mike Splain. No additional entries since Mike's original log.
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01/28/2006 03:11 PM
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Mike's dedication to his late mother was the only entry in the summit log.
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Mike's dedication to his late mother was the only entry in the summit log.
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01/28/2006 03:15 PM
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Looking back along the Black Butte ridge.  It had taken about an hour and a half to gain the summit and it was looking like I'd have more than enough daylight to make the return trip.
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Looking back along the Black Butte ridge. It had taken about an hour and a half to gain the summit and it was looking like I'd have more than enough daylight to make the return trip.
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01/28/2006 03:19 PM
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Several switchbacks of Tassajara road were visible below as it wound down towards the Zen Center.
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Several switchbacks of Tassajara road were visible below as it wound down towards the Zen Center.
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01/28/2006 03:20 PM
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~300 degree panorama from the Black Butte summit.  The sun was setting over Black Cone so that section was omitted.
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~300 degree panorama from the Black Butte summit. The sun was setting over Black Cone so that section was omitted.
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01/29/2006 06:18 PM
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Crawling through a nearly impenetrable scrub oak thicket and noticed some old cuts, presumably from an old firebreak.
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Crawling through a nearly impenetrable scrub oak thicket and noticed some old cuts, presumably from an old firebreak.
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01/28/2006 03:57 PM
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Back in the saddle and taking one last peek back up at the Black Butte summit.

5/25/06 Update from Paul Danielson on on the route to Black Butte:
We had read John Fedak's fine account of his summiting hike to Black Butte (February? of this year) on his website. We fully expected to have a full-fledged brush-bust from the end of the old firebreak to the ridge itself. We were surprised and pleased to find a well clipped trail down to the saddle, through it, and beyond. I had brought along my loppers, but did not really have to do more than some fine-tuning. Evidently, someone has taken this on as a pet project. We did notice an entry in the register by "Friends of Black Butte" but with no date. Perhaps they are the ones. Altogether there were five entries, including yours and ours. The other three, Fedak,  "MJ" (he left a joint in the register!), and the "Friends" group -- all appear to be this year. So, I don't know if you experienced the same trail cut we did, but it really made the trip a piece of cake. The only brush we had to negotiate was the last 30-40 yards to the top. Even that appeared to have some old push throughs.  We followed John's suggestion to follow the ridge (both ways) and avoid a brushy side-slope approach.
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Back in the saddle and taking one last peek back up at the Black Butte summit.

5/25/06 Update from Paul Danielson on on the route to Black Butte:
We had read John Fedak's fine account of his summiting hike to Black Butte (February? of this year) on his website. We fully expected to have a full-fledged brush-bust from the end of the old firebreak to the ridge itself. We were surprised and pleased to find a well clipped trail down to the saddle, through it, and beyond. I had brought along my loppers, but did not really have to do more than some fine-tuning. Evidently, someone has taken this on as a pet project. We did notice an entry in the register by "Friends of Black Butte" but with no date. Perhaps they are the ones. Altogether there were five entries, including yours and ours. The other three, Fedak, "MJ" (he left a joint in the register!), and the "Friends" group -- all appear to be this year. So, I don't know if you experienced the same trail cut we did, but it really made the trip a piece of cake. The only brush we had to negotiate was the last 30-40 yards to the top. Even that appeared to have some old push throughs. We followed John's suggestion to follow the ridge (both ways) and avoid a brushy side-slope approach.
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01/28/2006 04:29 PM
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