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Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 06 2015
GrottoGirl
Backpack15.22 Miles 4,547 AEG
Backpack15.22 Miles2 Days         
4,547 ft AEG
 
1st trip
A great overnight backpack in the San Francisco mountains outside of Flagstaff.

Having to carry your water for two days keeps all the people away! While there are springs along the way, the city of Flagstaff has capped them and are piping the water to town. We saw several examples of how Flagstaff is getting some of its water. Read more at: azdailysun.com/life ... html

We hiked up the Inner Basin trail with views of the cirque. We headed to the saddle between Doyle and Fremont peaks. And then we summited Doyle our first afternoon and Fremont the next morning! On Doyle we met a man who was extremely interested in the area's history. We learned that the world's highest observatory once sat on its top, built in 1927. Two Bristle cone pines aligned perfectly to be used to support the telescope. At that time the peak was called Schultz Peak and the observatory was called Schultz Peak Station. We hung out on the peak enjoying the views.

Note: The ridge to the west of Fremont peak was called Doyle peak. That area is now Doyle Saddle and it is not next to the peak now called Doyle peak. However the area we stayed at is labeled Doyle Saddle and trail signs also call it Doyle saddle.

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The next morning Nick and I climbed up Fremont Peak which has even better views of the area. Of course we had to hike up 1000 ft in .75 miles from our camp!

After a snack we headed back to Flagstaff using the gently graded Weatherford Trail (used to be a road). We encountered some rain but not nearly as much as the town of Flagstaff did.
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