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Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.90 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.29 mph
1,700 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Having bagged Big Horn, I drove down to the Saddle Mountain Trail Head Monster Group Camp/Parking Lot, occupied only by a couple packing up a snazzy SUV. I set up camp as they left, deciding to scramble up to what turned out to be a classic little saddle southwest of the trail head. I fiddled with the GoPro as the sun went down, heading down just as a young couple started up.
The fire restrictions killed my Swedish log plan, so I ate a dinner of cold homemade chicken noodle soup listening to the couple find their way down in the dark, giggling and happy. :)
Zero-gravity lounging, party lights, American Honey, and excellent conversation followed*. I retired under the Milky Way, was rocked by high winds around 3 a.m., and joined by a Ringtail at about 6:30, his eyes blinking and surprisingly approaching my headlamp to about 30 feet before veering off to his morning.
30 minutes before sunrise I headed up, windy in the 40's. Recent rain left remnants of petrichor and a few tinajas to boot. The trail was fairly easy to follow, and everyone was right about trekking poles - this hike benefits greatly from them.
The saddle was awesome, killer views and roaring wind through the notch. The scramble to the summit was just right, a great view of major exposure, and your choice of how close to the edge you want to be. :scared:
Once again the summit did not lend itself to relaxation, introspection, or celebration, so I headed down to the wind-sheltered alcove where I enjoyed among other things an Imperial Java Stout cradled in my Flex Lite.
I got my trekking poles free along with a pair of MSR convertible snow shoes almost 30 years ago when I lived in Michigan. They are within a few grams of current poles, still adjust, and made the trail down a breeze.
Without a doubt one of my favorite peaks. Perfect weather, recent rain, an actual trail for a change, dramatic geology, great carcamp, zero congestion, cool mountain.
There are about 50 songs on Google Play about climbing mountains, I listened to every one and it paid off.
youtu.be/h6gB2dqKb1o

* I stole this from BobP
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