|Weatherford-Doyle-Schultz Loop, AZ|
|Weatherford-Doyle-Schultz Loop, AZ|| |
Weatherford-Doyle-Schultz Loop, AZ
|Hiking||12.79 Miles|| 7 Hrs 24 Mns ||2.22 mph|
|3,695 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 39 Mns Break||14 LBS Pack|
|We decided to hop out of the oven and head to the peaks.|
we started at the Weatherford TH about 8am to a half full TH. It was a bit warm in the lower elevations and was a steady climb up Weatherford. I think we were passed by 4 runners and one hiker on the way up.
Views on Weatherford never disappoint. We took a break at the Saddle next to Doyle before ascending. A couple of hikers coming down from Doyle stopped for a minute to talk and John knew the lady.
The air is thin and the climb is steep and loose going up to Doyle Peak. At 11460 it's only about 1200' shorter the The Hump. We checked out the cabin and the had a half lunch at one of the best views in the state. Great views of all the peaks and the Inner Basin. It actually got a bit chilly up there. It felt good! [ youtube video ]
Next off to Schultz Peak. This is a matter of following the ridgeline 1200' down and around. There are quite a few game trails and signs of trimming many years back. This was a very enjoyable off trail section. We surprisingly even ran into a few areas with snow patches.
On top of Schultz Peak, we had the remainder of our lunch. High Tank was Bone dry (there were bones in it). We continued down the ridgeline to peak 9822 and then started the steep decent to the Waterline Road.
A good time in and around The Peaks
|Bone Dry. There's a game cam set up on the tank|
|There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."|