mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

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Type Standard Hike, Climb, etc
 
Start Date 2011-02-12
 
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te_wa
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mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

Post by te_wa »

This is an invitation for an overnight backpack.

I have a few buddies joining me on this trip for a night in the mountains. Weather has been good, around 60 and 35 so we're going in to see the great views to the west.
We plan to camp at a site about 2 miles from the actual Plateau overlook, so it will be a 5 mile ONE way trip to the camp, with an optional day hike to the Overlook that is 2 miles ONE way.

So you can do the 10 mile backpack, or take on the extra bit of walking to make it a 14 mile overnighter. I have hiked the portion of Saddle Mtn from Mormon t/h to the intersection of Thicket Sp trail. This section is IMO a easy/moderate trip, no elevation gains to speak of (follows an old road mostly) and the rest of the trail that "starts" at the Thicket intersection doesnt look too demanding either. A mellow but steady gain uphill.

read the description of this great hike, and take a look at the photosets. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1263

prepare for temps in the mid 20's. we may encounter snow patches and water runoff. i'll post details as the date nears.
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te_wa
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

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snowmelt n. of saddle mtn should result in running creeks
outback is named that for a reason... ;)
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Crocodile Ryan
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

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I might be persuaded in going, its been awhile since Ive been on a trip so something easy might be a nice slump breaker
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te_wa
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

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Crocodile Ryan wrote:I might be persuaded in going
there will be some good company, marc-doug-juan-felecia-kate-myself
us hangers are outnumbered so we need you to help even the score
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BobP
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

Post by BobP »

A short bad quality 1 minute video I took from Saddle Mtn trail from last Fri. morning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJrJA-IQnuE
https://www.seeitourway.org
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

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Has anyone been through McFarland Canyon along the Sheep Creek or Thicket Spring Trails recently and noted if there was water or not? I will be backpacking into McFarland Canyon this weekend. Thanks!
"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
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te_wa
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

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we found good water just west of the corral in sheep creek - water along thicket too.
our camp was (looking north) to the right and north of the corral. its a nice little oak grove. see my photoset?
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Re: mazatzals - Saddle Mtn to Plateau Pt.

Post by PrestonSands »

Thanks Mike!
"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
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