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Pass Mountain-Wind Cave-Bulldog Saddle, AZ
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Pass Mountain-Wind Cave-Bulldog Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain-Wind Cave-Bulldog Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking12.37 Miles 2,241 AEG
Hiking12.37 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   3.26 mph
2,241 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Hit the Pass Mountain loop early. Was a little surprised at how many cars were at the Meridian TH at 5:15 am. Took the loop clockwise, as I had to be back by 10 a.m. and wasn't sure whether I'd have time to included the Bulldog Saddle addition.

Crossed a few folks on the southern end of Pass Mountain, and would see them all again on the north end :-).

We beat most of the traffic up the Wind Cave trail, but came across a fair number of folks as we were making out descent.

Back at the Wind Cave TH, we continued with the loop. Hit the Pass Mountain Saddle on the the east side by 9 a.m., with plenty of time to add a jaunt around to Bulldog Saddle.

The recent rains have caused an explosion of grass. Pass mountain is frequently travelled, so the path remains clear, but the Bulldog Loop in places has nearly been overtaken by grass. No major route-finding issue, but there was a lot of grass/brush to walk through.

The climb up the north side of the pass was a bit of a buttkicker at this time of year, with the humidity and with the morning sun heating things up.

A nice workout in advance of an upcoming R2R.
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