2.3 miles, 6550′: As you reach the lowest point along the Butterfly Trail Novio Falls comes into view thru the trees and a steep/loose side trail to the bottom of the falls leaves the trail [Waypoint B02]
2.6 miles, 6750′: A well worn unofficial trail leaves the butterfly trail and continues south along the canyon to the crash site of an F-86 (from 1957 – more information from the Green Valley Hiking Club) [Waypoint B03]. [Waypoint B Crash] marks the crash.
3.0 miles, 7100′: Signed junction with the Davis Spring Trail – at the sign this looks like a well worn trail, but this trail is currently very difficult (impossible perhaps) to find and follow. [Waypoint b-ds]
From here the trail passes Westfall Knob and continues to climb.
5.0 miles, 8300′: Signed junction – the Bigelow Trail travels downhill and roughly to the south towards the highway and the Bigelow Trailhead, the Kellogg Mountain Trail leaves to the east toward the Kellogg Trailhead and the Butterfly Trail continues to the west towards Mount Bigelow. [Waypoint b-bg-kl]
5.15 miles, 8300′: An unsigned junction [Waypoint B04] – the Butterfly Trail continues to the north and meets the Bigelow Road north of Mount Bigelow, an un-named trail continues to the west and meets Bigelow Road south of Mount Bigelow. Continue on the un-named trail to the west. [Waypoint B04]
5.3 miles, 8500′: The trail reaches the dirt road around Mount Bigelow – hike up the road to the north-east. [Waypoint B05]
5.4 miles, 8550′: The road comes to the Mount Bigelow Butterfly Trailhead – marked by a large trail sign [Waypoint thbgb]. With a second car parked here this can be the end of a great point to point hike!
Cross the road to find the signed junction of the road and the Bigelow Trail (best here to ignore the older style trail sign…) [Waypoint J MB BRoad] – follow the Butterfly Trail to the NE, near [Waypoint MB01] the trail turns to the south.
5.6 miles, 8300′: Arrive again at the unsigned junction of the un-named trail the Butterfly Trail [Waypoint B04] – continue down the Butterfly Trail to hike back to the Upper Butterfly Trailhead.
Looking down on Peck Basin and Davis Mesa from the Butterfly Trail. December 2014