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AZ Trail-22A1-Saddle Mountain, AZ
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AZ Trail-22A1-Saddle Mountain, AZ 
AZ Trail-22A1-Saddle Mountain, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2020
Hiking10.59 Miles 1,005 AEG
Hiking10.59 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.74 mph
1,005 ft AEG      26 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Most of the passages on the Arizona Trail have been split into roughly 10 mile sections so they can be day hiked. But we’re finding our biggest challenge is getting our cars to the trail heads, many of which require high clearance, 4WD vehicles, of which our crew has one and a half although the Subaru does pretty well. Waiting for our Subaru hiker to return from Ecuador where he’s climbing a bunch of their snow peak volcanoes, we decided to drive a 2WD up to Bushnell Tanks and hike up and back to the Cross F TH, about half way to Mormon Grove, the end of 22A. Like much of the AZ Trail, this is a mixture of 1 and 2 track trails. Although the official GPS route measures only 4.4 miles from Sunflower(SR 87) to the intersection leading to Cross F, my GPS had us at 5.5 miles, in part because the AZ Trail is .8 miles from the recommended Bushnell Tanks parking lot and my trip computer records readings every 5 seconds and the official GPS was taking shots every 13.6 seconds. We saw plenty of cow tracks but no cows or other hikers. Stopping for a snack at the 393 service road intersection, a caravan of jeeps came by followed by a young lady walking a couple of dogs on her regular loop route and said we were the only hikers she’s ever seen on that trail. There are many springs alongside this trail and even some farm ponds. Coming back, we decided to bushwhack a shortcut to SR87, and while it saved us .26 miles, it’s not overly worthwhile as the little access route from the Bushnell Tanks parking lot area to the AZ Trail crosses Sycamore Creek a couple of times and is very pleasant.
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