09:00 am - 04:00 pmEvent Category:Click to Register
Friends of Gold Butte
Join Jim Boone and the Friends of Gold Butte as we explore the Key West Mine Loop. This is an exploratory hike with several possible permutations where we will hike little-used dirt roads, abandoned roads, open desert, and washes to make a fairly easy loop onto the flanks of Virgin Peak.
As a group, we can decide exactly where we start and how far we hike. The longest hike would be 6.2 miles, and the shortest hike would be 3.5 miles, both starting from the paved Gold Butte Road.
If everyone has suitable vehicles (off highway capable, but not rock-hopper jeeps), perhaps the most interesting hike would be a 4.0-mile loop that starts 1.3 miles up a narrow dirt road. Whichever permutation we do, me must agree beforehand to all stick together (but socially distant). As usual for Jim’s hikes, we will have time to stop and smell the roses.
Please remember social distancing protocol, wear your masks when in the proximity of others. We are currently not offering carpooling because of Covid-19. Please bring plenty of water, a lunch and snacks for yourself, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Closed toe shoes, sunscreen and a hat are recommended, and a walking stick may be helpful. Leave No Trace principles will be adhered to, so be prepared to pack out everything you pack in. Be aware that there are no services in Gold Butte, so be prepared to pee in the bushes!