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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2015
Sredfield
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Work continued today on the realignment of this passage. Four hardy souls trekked in to plant new sign posts to replace the ones that burned or have decayed.

We parked at the end of the regularly accessible FR25A, no super 4WD's today, and hiked in. Tools were cached at the 260/Cornucopia trail, so we picked up a saw, digging bar and digging cup and headed west. Not far from the top we encountered the newly constructed trail. A half mile or so on that and we met the crew: they were in working and making what looks like good progress.

We regaled them with tales of the AZT, then continued to the 260/95 junction, the site of the first post to be replaced. Setting a sign post does not sound like a major task, but when the dirt is really rock, and the sign post is something you go find, cut and haul, it's a bit more of an ordeal. We found a good straight post, cut and trimmed it and hauled it back to the site where the other half of the crew was making the hole, as drillers say. It was slow going in the shale. We all took turns worrying it down a few more inches for about an hour till it was as deep as we were going to get it. John M notched the post for the signs, then we set it, tamped the dirt back in tightly, and headed west to McFarland Canyon, and lunch.

Same routine at the Wilderness boundary sign, the post was broken but not burned--didn't really matter, it had to be replaced regardless of how it became damaged and the sign disappeared. The post was not to be found so easily this time, it was several hundred yards upstream, and heavy. The first log we cut turned out to be rotten in the middle so we went on to the second candidate. It was a fine specimen but a bit farther away than we liked. But we cut and trimmed it, then all four of us convened with straps to cradle the log and make our way slowly back to the hole. Repeat the post setting, tamp it in tightly.

While we were sorting this out, Sweet Pea, Beardo, and Cue Ball--thru hikers--happened along to survey the work. We passed, and they continued towards Utah. Good luck!

We took a short cut back to the West Fork of Sycamore Creek and FR25A; it only added about an hour of time. Instead of returning on FT 260, we headed downstream in McFarland Canyon. This was a beautiful route, no trail, lots of water, a few falls, incredible geology, and a great setting. However, bush whacking down the canyon over all the rocks did make for a long trip back.

We have been waiting for the signs to be fabricated once we know some more precise distances for the realignment, now we can proceed. Probably 3--maybe 4--posts left to set, then another trip lugging the signs in to all the locations to mount them.

Another great day on the AZT.
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