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Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
muskybankr
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   3.27 mph
1,900 ft AEG      8 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Cross F to Mormon Grove, Passage 22, AZ Trail

The trail today was one for Tibber; muddy, slippery, rocky, eroded. The portions that slithered along what I’m calling the West Fork of Sycamore Creek under the junipers and sycamores and alongside some cool rock formations, otherwise known as the Little Saddle Mountain Trail, were pleasant, nonetheless.
There are several little problems with attempting to day hike sections of the AZ Trail. We fell so far in love with Passage 22, which officially measures 18.1 miles, that we hiked exactly twice its length, 36.2 miles, by converting a couple of the intermediate TH’s into out and back excursions as we were down to just one car and had to go hiking. We’ve become pretty familiar with the Cross F and Mormon Grove trailheads and have even taken a liking to Bushnell Tanks and Mt. Peeley. Thanks to Ranger Doug and his gang for clearing out the deadfalls south of Mormon Grove. We saw the slippy sliddy tracks of a couple hikers that must have tried this in the last two days but no other hikers today. There were some ATV’rs that accessed the service road(393) but no dirt bike tracks. Also no flowers except some filaree on the extreme southern tip of the trail.
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filaree on the southern tip
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