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Saddle Mountain - Winkleman, AZ
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Saddle Mountain - Winkleman, AZ 
Saddle Mountain - Winkleman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,756 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.74 mph
1,756 ft AEG   3 Hrs   36 Mns Break
 
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This particular Saddle Mtn (there seems to be many) is near Winkleman. It’s about 35 miles south of the Superstitions, and about 35 miles north of the Santa Catalina Mtns.

There are four little “Saddle” disks associated with the mountain. The three at the high point were in plain sight and quite close together, as the peak’s top is tiny.

The hike up was bit of a dance. Two thick cholla fields had me practicing my ballet moves. No pirouettes were attempted, but I had to “dance” very slowly around my cholla friends.
For my next adventure going up, I had the cholla fields make a handoff to a couple prickly pear fields. I was moving sideways as much as straight ahead.
I won this “up-the-mountain” dance contest, but I wasn’t as fortunate on my way down, while using a different, wider ridge. Oh well, at least I found a horse shoe on the way down.

Prior to my descent down to a corral/tank, I hiked over to the “horn”, that makes this mountain look like a saddle, when looking at it from the west. The horn is a bit lower than the BM high point.

After hiking off the mountain, I looked for the fourth disk, Saddle Azimuth Mark.
It turned out to be quite a challenge.
Just as I told myself (for the third time), “This is the last place I’ll look”, I spied something very circular, deep in a row of bushes.
There it was, hidden in the grasp of some thick vegetation. Lucky me.
I assume it’s been hiding for most of the last 73 years.

All in all, a fine hike. I’m getting quite good at dancing around sticky cholla and prickly pears.
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