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Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244
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Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2010
Tough_Boots
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   4 Hrs      2.10 mph
1,900 ft AEG
 
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This was my first time out it this area and I really enjoyed it. It started as a rather slow start, though. The sign for the TH has been knocked over and is lying neatly behind a bush where you can't see until you're right on top of it. I actually didn't find it until the way back. Originally I found a clearing on the side of the rode and headed up and towards where the gpsjoe's data for that trail started-- so a little bushwacking but I made it. Then I found quite a few cairned trails heading all over the place with nothing labeled (not a single trail sign until Saddle Mountain Trail). From all the descriptions of this trail I've read, it sounded pretty straightforward so I was going to leave my GPS at home but luckily I thought twice about that. I definitely found myself consulting it at a few intersections. As for the rest of the hike, the scenery was wonderful and diverse and the weather was amazing. It was warm but pleasant and every time I needed some shade or a flat stretch, it just seemed to happen. I didn't see a single person on the trail. There was one hiker exploring near the TH but I think he probably went the other direction. I saw a very young mule deer at the Saddle Mountain intersection but didn't get my camera out in time. I sat around hoping its family might have been following behind but no such luck. There was still some water flowing-- I think I'll come back next spring to see it in full glory. My only complaint was that one of the gates you have to go through involves forcing the post pretty tightly back into a loop of rusty barbed wire. I think next time I come out here, I might replace that future tetanus shot with something better. I typically love the charm of going through old gates (my favorite is the ancient one at Skunk Tank) but this one could use a minor improvement.
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