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Little Keyhole Saddle - 2 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 20 2018
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
NE Goldfields, AZ 
NE Goldfields, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
hikerdw
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,365 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,365 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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First time starting a trip from the Mailbox TH. We have been in the area twice but both of those trips started from the Apache Gap TH. Campers were in their tents just off the road so we deferred around them in the drop into Willow Creek. Followed the trail out to the Horns of Dilemma and then broke off to start exploring the area to check out an arch reported by CannondaleKid, a benchmark, views of the lakes, Keyhole Saddle and arch, and whatever else piqued our interest. Will definitely be back for a continued look around.
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CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 2178 & Salt River Views, AZ 
Peak 2178 & Salt River Views, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,716 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   1.32 mph
1,716 ft AEG      8 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Tracey had the day off but only about a 5-hour window for a hike so we wanted something close to home, reasonably short yet somewhere she had never been. That could have been a chore in itself but surprisingly this one came to mind almost immediately.

While I had been out here twice before, I knew she would enjoy it... the scenic views are such that this hike never gets old, yes, even when adding more climbing than necessary.

We barely had a quarter-mile of easy hiking from the trailhead just off Apache Trail before we began the first steep climb. Up to a saddle, another ascent, up to the top, then down to a saddle, back up, down and back up... and that was just to the sister peak of 2178. But the views were worth it.
(Since I had posted 75 on HAZ back on this hike back in March and the skies were drab today, I took very few photos)

From the 'sister-peak' of 2135' we began the long descent to the Salt River. With less time than before, we skipped my wide counter-clockwise loop along the Salt River and headed straight for our lunch spot on the river across from the mouth of Cottonwood Creek.

We took a short lunch, soaked up a little sun, (emphasis on little) and began the long ascent then down to the cave and arch Tracey had never seen. A few photos there and we continued the return trip, eventually following part of the Horns of Dilemma trail.

Although the colors were due to the overcast sky, it was a nice hike. When we have more time, we will be back to add a bunch of wandering along the Salt River.
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Dec 30 2011
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 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Little Keyhole SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2011
AZLOT69
Hiking3.25 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.17 mph
802 ft AEG
 
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Great off trail area for exploration while the snakes rest.
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average hiking speed 1.66 mph

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