Point 7790 Loop, 05/01/2010
Button Rock from Point 7790, 05-01-10
You can see the GPS tracks for this hike.
We posted a hike to this point in Dec 2007. This time we made a loop of it.
From the Button Rock Preserve parking area, we started hiking at 10:15, heading west on the gravel road. At 1.0 miles, we turned right after the old abandoned dam project, around a rusty gate, then north up a dirt road. We followed the dirt road for about 0.15 miles, then turned right, crossing a creek, then up the other side, following a faint trail to the top of the ridge.
The trail continues north along the ridge, which we followed, but it faded out, and we reached a maintained barbed wire fence. We walked west along the fence until we found an opening where the fence meets a boulder. At this point there is a dirt road, which we followed east for a few hundred feet before heading north up the ridge.
We continued north up the ridge, then using the summit point on our GPS as a guide, headed northwest to the summit. Without the GPS, the summit is not easy to find from the direction we came because of the various knobs of comparable height around the area.
We reached Point 7790 at 12:21 with the odometer at 3.2 miles. The view here is outstanding, giving the impression of being at the southern rim of a bowl, with Button Rock forming the north rim, and Button Rock Mountain, the west rim.
For the return, we headed east, then south, crossing our incoming tracks twice, before heading southeast, paralleling a gulch, then through a series of beautiful meadows surrounded by ponderosa forest. Finally, we headed down a steep gulch directly to the parking area, returning at 15:17, with the odometer at 5.5 miles.
|Place name||Elev [ft]||Accuracy [ft]||Lat/Lon|
|Parking at Button Rock Preserve||5986||23||40.22908.-105.34120|
|Cross point at barbed wire fence||6616||23||40.23418,-105.35796|
|Took picture from ridge||6808||36||40.23492.-105.35660|