Death's Head (Mesa Butte)

Trip Category: 
OT - Off-Trail Hiking
Interesting Facts: 

Apparently there's a whole story behind the name and the fact that it's changed from "Death's Head" to "Mesa Butte", which is now called "Square Butte"...

Technical Difficulty Level: 
3
Endurance Level: 
Low
YDS Class: 
Hiking

Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Summit Elevation (m): 
1,738

There's not much to say about Death's Head, other than it's name is very dramatic compared to it's reality. I wanted to spend Earth Day (April 22, 2018) hiking in warm sunshine rather than flirting with the escalating spring avalanche cycle on skis, so that's exactly what I did! After several recent hikes with Phil where we ended up floundering around in waist-deep snow, I decided to bring snowshoes, leave early and hopefully pick some drier objectives for the day. As I drove through Millarville towards the front ranges of the Rockies, I was reminded why I do these diminutive, easy front range hikes every once in a while. Sure! Compared to other objectives, they are super easy and even sort of boring, but they bring their own small pleasures too.

 


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Elevation Gain (m): 
370
Round Trip Time: 
2.00
Total Distance (km): 
7.20
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 1 : you fall, you're stupid
Difficulty Notes: 

No difficulties other than finding good conditions that don't involve endless post holing or severe bushwhacking.