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Fremont - Doyle - Schultz, AZ
mini location map2018-08-26
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Fremont - Doyle - Schultz, AZ 
Fremont - Doyle - Schultz, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2018
chumley
Hiking15.15 Miles 4,653 AEG
Hiking15.15 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   2.42 mph
4,653 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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The forecast on Saturday didn't look particularly good for any of the options I had in mind, so I decided to delay my weekend fun for a day. It turned out to be a good decision! I encountered quite a bit of hail that had accumulated Saturday and survived overnight. The models were hanging on with a few storms for Sunday, so I opted for an early start. There were some great clouds making the morning magical, and I topped out at Doyle Saddle just after 8 before heading off-trail toward Fremont. I'd never done these in this direction, so it was a nice change of pace.

I like Fremont, but the geology and trees on Doyle make it a more scenic peak IMO. I missed the cabin again, but this time I made myself go back and find it! Pretty cool structure. It appears to get some regular use. Plenty of firewood, and the hanta seemed to be tamped down to a level that would not be immediately fatal. :o

I took a new route from Doyle down the ridge to Schultz. This was a really scenic part of the day. The bright green grassy meadow and expansive views are a winner! From there I took a terrible route down. I'm not sure if there's a less-steep option, but I would hate to climb up this way, and it absolutely destroyed my knees on the descent.

I had originally planned to start from Weatherford and therefore get to take the canyon back, but I forgot campfires are prohibited on Schultz Pass road, and it was cold and rainy, so I opted for a fire at a campsite on Freidlein Prairie instead. I actually think that saved me a mile on the day!

This was a fun loop. I'd actually do it again. :)
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