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Off-Trail To/From 2541 Saddle, AZ
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Off-Trail To/From 2541 Saddle, AZ 
Off-Trail To/From 2541 Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,273 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.76 mph
1,273 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Noon start, so no mountain bikers and humidity into the teens. :y:

Started off with plenty ups-and-downs... ascending to each ridge followed by descents into each wash while slowly gaining elevation until crossing the Twisted Sister trail near Big Rock corner. (Trivia: This part of the bike trail was called Big Rock Trail long before it gained the Twisted Sister moniker.)

Next came the brutal climb up the steep eastern slope of Peak 2541. The terrain ran the gamut from boulder-hopping, boulder climbing, cholla fields, thick & thorny brush and of course fox-tails. I was wearing my 6" boots so the latter weren't an issue but I did get stuck through the canvas by a single cholla ball which was hidden in the brush, far from the closest plant. That meant a 3-minute pit-stop to pull out all the spikes with my Crucial multi-tool.

From that point on things got a little easier... still steep, but I was able to follow a series of Javelina trails almost all the way to the saddle. By now the thermometer in my pack (which was in the direct sun) registered 112.5° so I took a quick break to wet my hat, skull cap, neck gaiter, wrist bands and Glacier Gloves for a nice cooling effect in the brisk breeze.

The route down which is on part of the proposed View Point (hiking-only) Trail in the Hawes trail system, was not in as good a shape as I expected so I still had my work cut out for me. Eventually back to the Twisted Sister trail I crossed it and headed all the way down to the lowest wash and returned in roughly the same manner as the ups-and-downs at the start.
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