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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2013
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Hiking31.87 Miles 3,948 AEG
Hiking31.87 Miles   11 Hrs   53 Mns   2.95 mph
3,948 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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I had no real agenda for the hike. I started out at the Bushnell tanks and headed North on the AZT.
I saw the AZT trailer sitting near the TH. I took the new minor redirect and followed the cairns to the Sycamore creek. The water was pretty deep and fast moving. I found a narrow spot and was able to make a crossing with a small tree trunk.


I headed north and literally tripped over a new area to go exploring!!! :y: As I crossed over FR393, I wondered where this well maintained road leads to. I went to the Cross F TH to see the new sign and had a snack break by the creek. I did some quick research on the GPS and discovered that FR393 went down to Bartlett Dam / Verde River! Score! :y: I changed my original plan of checking out the fire damage on Little Saddle MNT to exploring FR393.


FR393 starts about 1/3 mile from the Cross-F TH. It more or less follows the power lines and is very well maintained. The road passes by numerous camping spots and drainage's. After a couple of miles, the road go by Upper Alder spring and (I believe) this is the start of the Alder creek. After this point you can see the Alder creek below you to the south. There were some nice green trees down there. The views view fantastic. After a mile or two more, I could start to see the town of Cave Creek.
The road slowly loses elevation. The high point was 3,900 feet and it looks like it ends about 2,000 feet (at the lake).


I picked a turnaround time because I didn't have enough time to make it to the lake. Shortly after I turned around a family on quads/4x4 golf carts passed me. They went to the lake and returned. They said the road was about 14~15 miles one way and there were other trails where it ended. I had lunch by the Alder Creek.


On the way back (by the town of Sunflower) a couple of free-range horse started to follow me and got pretty close. I suspect they were looking for apples.


I returned it back to the Beeline/AZT 14 with 2 hours of daylight left so I went down the Boulder trail. I hopped off the trail and returned FR22.


There are 3 creek crossings on FR22. The first one (heading back) was low enough where I walked on the metal berm that defined the road. The second crossing was nasty. The creek was split into three sections. After I crossed, I realized that the creek was running down the road and the 2nd & 3rd crossing merged into one. I crossed again and found faint trails that lead me (dryly) to the cattle guard.

I was a great day! Once the sky clouded over, the temps were perfect. And I got to explorer a new area of the Mazatzal's!!!
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