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Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 06 2017
chumley
Backpack3.01 Miles 1,759 AEG
Backpack3.01 Miles   19 Hrs   43 Mns   2.29 mph
1,759 ft AEG   18 Hrs   24 Mns Break
 
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Seems like this is the time of year for Saddle Mountain, so with absolutely zero communication and a whole lot of non-committal planning, we headed west for a quick overnight on the summit.

It got a little bit windy in the wee hours but was pretty nice overall. Not much flat ground up there, but we each did some landscaping and made it work. Managed to burn old dead palo verde, ocotillo, and cholla to a surprising amount of success. PV lets off a funky scent, so it's not a first choice.

The views up here were phenomenal. At night, 80 miles of streaming traffic on I-10 was a sight to behold. It's like sitting at a mountain spring and wondering where the water comes from and how it just keeps going without ever stopping. The direct alignment with the north runway at Sky Harbor provided a cool perspective on landing aircraft 60 miles away.

In the morning, visibility was great and the summits of all four peaks were visible over the White Tanks. (Browns is exactly 100.0 miles from the summit of Saddle!) A slight haze settled into the valley but the skyscrapers :lol: of downtown and mid-town popped through as though they were built on a cloud. Sixty miles west, Signal Peak and the Kofas dominated, while the iconic Castle Dome stood out on the horizon nearly 70 miles away. A bunch of other landmarks are in view here too: Harquahala, Big Horn, and Woolsey to name just a few.

I like this peak. Maybe it's the musk. :sweat:
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