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Sawtooth Ridge - Spencer Loop, AZ
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Sawtooth Ridge - Spencer Loop, AZ 
Sawtooth Ridge - Spencer Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2013
joebartels
Hiking7.60 Miles 3,210 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   0.98 mph
3,210 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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While hiking Cuff Button recently the Sawtooth Ridge caught my eye. Bruce and Karl kindly joined in.

From the top we headed down the ridge. Immediately you go through what looks like a large mansion outlined in rock. It's more exciting on satellite than in person. Over a mile and a half down I commented... "okay this is so easy it's almost boring". A wildfire made this one travel pretty easy.

Easy until about 2.5 mi. The next 0.25 mi / 550 ft up to Peak 5204 took a solid hour. It is steep. You grab chaparral to pull yourself up. Lifting your feet high enough over and over was the challenge for myself. Near the top is a short class four pitch or you can bypass on either side. It was very windy from the beginning of our hike. That tagged on with the previous quarter mile had the other guys in abort mode. I came loaded with batteries for my high power light to get this one done. Yet it was obvious they didn't share the desire. So off we went down a ridge to Spencer.

It was ridiculous thick going down. Took an hour and twenty minutes to go down 0.7mi / 1170 ft. We were all happy to see #275.

From everything I read I was expecting pure hell on upper Spencer. That never played out. We brushed a few catclaw bushes lightly on maybe three occasions. The trail does require attention to figure out and it is overgrown. Yet nothing that I consider horrible by any means. A pretty cool trail/canyon in my experience.

Wore my rarely used fire hose pants for this one. In the first couple miles they didn't seem as hearty as I recalled. By days end, hearing how the others were scratched up, they served well. The only scratches noted in the shower are near my ankles where coverage lacked. Did get stabbed by a Schott's Agave or similar. Karl and I can both attest to the wicked sting. Bruce wouldn't join in on the fun.

For the entire loop, only one mile was extra challenging. It's disappointing seeing only 60% of the ridge covered on map. The work to reward ratio is probably too thin for most. It's not horrible. The views are fantastic.

Karl was running circles around Bruce and I on top of his 10k week!

FS172 seemed rougher than usual. High clearance is still fine for crafty hearty types. FS650 may be 4WD for some to Spencer from 172. It wouldn't phase me much in 2WD. Ice in areas was the only real concern.

Took 3 quarts agua, consumed 1.5
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