DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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6 months ago

Tuya Volcano
Hayrick butte was a sub-glacial volcano that formed like jello in an icy mold. Rapid cooling of the lava created its sheer walls and gave Hayrick butte a distinctive flat top. Starting clockwise from the bottom lift of Hoodoo-There are a series of ohv trails that skirt the base along the north side, I followed those through rocky ledges and boulders for about a mile, then right onto big lake road for 1.5miles along the east side. From big lake rd after the 810 and before the 860 road I spotted a potential route to a ridge on the NE side. There is no user trail but was able to scramble up a talus slope to gain a forested ridge that is visible from the road. Use it to ascend to the plateau atop the butte. It took about 40 minutes to get up and was fairly easy with occasional use of hands. It is forested up top and not as flat as it appears from a distance. I only saw the one way up, so was careful to keep track of the route and also used it to descend. Great views of Three fingered Jack, mt. Washington and probably more had it not been so smoky. Continuing clockwise along the south to a right turn on 860 dirt road then right on OHV trail 20 and another right on OHV trail 22. It will take you over the saddle between Hayrick butte and Hoodoo mt returning you to the area behind the bottom lift. Some of the most spectacular cliffs on Hayrick butte are near the saddle where sheer walls rise hundreds of feet and giant blocks of stone litter the base of the butte.