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10 by photographer avatardwightnancy
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Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
dwightnancy
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.80 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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We started from the parking area on the north slope in the red dirt. There is another (grey) road that is further east and climbs up into a saddle. The grey road gets you higher, but it would suck to hike across the slope to get into the draw that goes up the north slope. The start of the trail is very obvious from the red parking area. Trail lateral to the east to an intersection (photo). This trail now heads right up (south) into the drainage that leads to a high saddle(photo). For the first time you can see the view to the south and it is excellent. To this point the tail is quite obvious and easy, but from here it is more challenging to follow and to hike. (I would say 80 feet of class 3 with low exposure.) Once in the saddle, head northwest-ish passing just to the left of a saguaro (photo) and up 10? feet then turn left and follow a narrow ledge left (photo) to the base of a open gully of grey rock studded with darker grippy bits (photo). Scramble up this gully to easier terrain and an intermittent path above. From here head directly uphill to gain the knife edge (the knife edge is dizzying but not dangerous as long as you keep a safe distance.) Note where you came up onnacounta this is the easiest way down. Once on the knife edge, work your way north-ish to the subtle summit. Ginger the wonderpooch summited without need of her harness. The hike is easier than it appears from below. You can see this summit from everywhere out here and the views on top are fabulous. Another big bonus is the lush micro-climate you hike up through on the north slope. So cool!
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