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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 17 2021
johnlp
Backpack35.50 Miles 6,330 AEG
Backpack35.50 Miles2 Days         
6,330 ft AEG
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Kelly and I have been talking about doing the Saddle Mountain AZT #22 hike since last fall. This AZT segment has pretty easy access close to the beeline hwy. Got started Saturday morning just after sunrise.
Initially hiked through rolling hills on our way north to higher elevations. Went through a nice riparian area with cottonwoods, sycamores, flowers, with a very light flow of water in a creek. Pushed on to McFarland Canyon where we set up camp in the pines then set off for the climb to the end of the segment near Mount Peeley.
The return to camp was cooled by a nice breeze and clouds. We even got a little rain. Spooked a large white tail buck. Watched him bound up a steep hillside.
Got back to camp before 5 PM. Ate dinner then ran out of things to do, so we listened to a podcast then hit the rack. First light came pretty early. Had breakfast in bed then packed up for the hike out. Kind of windy on the way back which was welcome as it warmed up. Easier hike out going mostly down hill. Finished up before noon.
This segment exceeded expectations. More water than we thought there would be. Very good scenery. Fun two days. Thanks Kelly. :)
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