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Doyle Peak Loop, AZ
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Doyle Peak Loop, AZ 
Doyle Peak Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2020
Hiking15.13 Miles 3,747 AEG
Hiking15.13 Miles   6 Hrs   17 Mns   2.73 mph
3,747 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Drew up a loop that ran over the few lower summits east of Doyle Peak. Started at Schultz Tank with Doyle first around 5am.

Up Weatherford to the last switchback before Doyle Saddle. Rounded around Doyle's boxy contour to where there's a clearing that runs vertically up the southern ridge. Good trails to follow through the bristlecones to the clearing, which is steep but at least there's no thought to the route finding, just up, up, up. The clearing ends at the cabin.

From Doyle through the spady spruce to 11045. Fun ridgewalk down and up to 11060. Good views down into Inner Basin and toward Sugarloaf Mountain. Started down to 10569. Route passes through burn areas, but it pretty clear to the last peak. Mostly the loose rockfall that has to be slid down slows travel. Descending to waterline, deadfall and new growth make the going difficult.

From the last peak it looked like the ridge down was choked with young aspen trees. Went down the wide drainage of loose scree instead. Pretty tedious and time consuming. Ridge cleared up, so I headed over. Some nice rock outcroppings to scramble up on the way down. More and more deadfall the lower it goes.

Waterline around the mountain with good views back toward the SE peaks. Through the tunnel, which is kind of neat. Saw about a half dozen bikers on waterline, and the trailhead was filled when I got back.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Mostly Weatherford and in the burn areas
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