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Mayswell Peak Saddle, AZ
mini location map2020-02-15
7 by photographer avatarnikorock28
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Mayswell Peak Saddle, AZ 
Mayswell Peak Saddle, AZ
Hiking7.65 Miles 2,398 AEG
Hiking7.65 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.62 mph
2,398 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
1st trip
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I got started at 3:24PM so I wasn't quite able to make it to the peak and back before dark. My destination was the saddle, which is only about 0.25 miles and another 150 feet or so from the peak. The forecast called for sunny skies and I was disappointed that it was kind of overcast out with some cloud cover. The sun finally started to break through at the Bull Mountain saddle and stayed vibrant the rest of the hike, which was awesome.

I stayed on the utility path the whole time, instead of dipping into the drainage for the short section, which is what I did last time. The drainage felt several degrees cooler last time (not what I want in February), but would be a good warmer weather option. The utility easement goes up and then down to meet up with the drainage, so adds a bit more aeg. A lot of the descent was nice and moist from, presumably, the moisture earlier in the week. That was wonderful and I will always try to hike this shortly after some storms. I got a little off track for one part, but just kept heading down. Actually some nice rock in the little detour.

I heard gun shots (people like to shoot around Bull Mountain) that sounded quite close. Perhaps they were up at the Bull Saddle, I thought. I returned to the saddle to find that my cached favorite water bottle had been taken, which had 16 ounces of fluid in it. Morons. Lesson learned though to hide my water better. I rarely see anyone out there, so didn't think it would be an issue to leave it in plain sight.

I really enjoy this route. The views are very nice a lot of the way. I was eyeing Cerbat Peak, but that looks like it might be best tackled from the road north of Bull Mountain.

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