Hayden Butte Vista

Hayden Butte Vista

The Leonard Monti Trail, dedicated in 1994, climbs the Tempe (Hayden) Butte in downtown Tempe. Leonard Monti, born in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1912, opened Monti’s La Casa Vieja, near the base of this butte in 1956. It is said that he took a daily walk up Hayden Butte often with Hayden C. Hayden, grandson of Arizona Territorial Probate Judge Charles Trubull Hayden, and Weldon Shofstall. This short but steep hike goes from an elevation of 1180 feet to 1495 feet in about a third of a mile. The letter “A” for ASU adorns the south face of the butte which is adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium. There may be as many as 500 petroglyphs in the area. Archaeologists were doing restoration work during our hike yesterday. There are wonderful views in all directions. My photograph shows Hayden Mill, Tempe Town Lake and in the distance, Phoenix.

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