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Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2016
joebartels
Hiking2.97 Miles 1,754 AEG
Hiking2.97 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   1.84 mph
1,754 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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This hike did not have my attention period until we got closer driving up. Oh I don't know. Do we really need to hike peaks out in the desert just because they exist? Well, it looked mildly interesting and I was at least in the hey let's check it out state of mind.

Then we were sweating up a storm. It's just up up up. The key to any notable hike is sweat! Okay maybe slight nonsense. The hike went from yadda yadda yadda to yeah baby when the wall loomed overhead. Up at the saddle we scrambled up an unnecessary 10-15 obstacle. Then it happened. The sheer cliff gods sang in beautiful harmony. It's a 400 ft drop to a rolling 1k drop with impressive topography to boot! Did I mention the geology. No, because I know absolutely nothing about it. Luckily HAZ is a fabulous blend like Mrs Dash. Hansenaz mentioned the area is popular with rockhounds & pixelfrog asked about finding fire agate.

The peak was nice. Glen Campbell may have been a rhinestone cowboy. Alex, I'll take scrambles for nothing and my ridges for free! But wait, that's not all, Saddle is a twofer. The hike is only half the fun, read the description then the photosets backwards. That's right, you get scrambles, ridges, world class pioneer history and photosets from every spice on the rack.

Now that I know what happened, we ascended the new easier north route from the red lot. At a moderate-quick pace with easily twenty minutes on the dawdle we almost clipped Sid without knowing it.

Reading the description was an eye opener, Terry had a fantastic adventure. It became crystal clear Sid would smoke the north route in under an hour, one-ten worst case.

It helps to know your spices but the triplogs attached to the photosets are gold. Methodical climber - Ginger the wonderpooch summited without need of her harness. Sour Patch Kids chasing waterfalls. Circumference Steve danced through poppies spooking big horns. Ralpie almost shot his eye out with his Coughlan Dangler!
( he mutters under his voice, that's just stupid - it doesn't even make sense )

I carried a 12oz bottle of water. Plenty for nice December weather staying on route. 2-3 quarts is probably the ticket if you are unsure.
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