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42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking3.02 Miles 1,602 AEG
Hiking3.02 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   0.86 mph
1,602 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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The kids’ first adventure on Saddle Mountain. Got started late morning, but temps were still cool, no breeze. First half mile is easy, then gets progressively steeper. Kids did fine, even through the steep, loose part just below the saddle. Short break at the saddle, then time for the scramble up the rocks. One kid was a little scared, but didn’t have any problems. We ended up a little to the right of the best track, so there was a short steep section to get back on course. The kids liked the walk along the rim to the top, although I kept them further away from the edge.

Nice break at the top, then we headed back down, staying on the best path through the steep parts and scramble. Saw two other hikers below the saddle, but nobody else for the day. Lots of bighorn evidence, but no sightings. Fun day, and the kids liked the mountain.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
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Nate_F
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Beautiful day out hiking in the Saddle Mountains! Tough hike, but doable. I compare it to Picket Post and Picacho combined, with a little Vulture Peak thrown in. Thought I'd get this one in before it got hotter than Hell out here. More to explore in the area!
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Big Horn Peak and Saddle Mountain, AZ 
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Hiking11.00 Miles 3,809 AEG
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Saddle Mountain-Tonopah has been on my radar screen for a while but I didn't want to drive all the way out there just to hike 3 miles. I managed to convince Tracie the Intrepid, my favorite hiking partner, to go along. Tracie had never done Big Horn Peak, and I have only done it once so we decided to also do it while we were out there. Our friend Elizabeth was off work so we got her to come along as well.

We did Big Horn Peak first, which was a good idea I think. We got there just as it was getting light enough to see. I did this hike earlier this month with @trekkin_gecko and @johnlp, and the route was still somewhat fresh on my mind. Even so, I looked at my GPS a number of times to make sure that we were on track. It was a fun scramble up to the summit, notwithstanding all of the cholla that we had to navigate around and through.

After getting back to our vehicle, we drove about 30 minutes to get to the TH for Saddle Mountain. Even though the Saddle Mountain hike is only 3 miles, it is not your grandma's garden variety 3 mile hike -- it is very steep and slippery, especially the section leading up to the saddle. Route finding was much easier than I thought it would be -- there is an easy-to-follow trail up to the saddle, and even past the saddle the route is mostly easy to follow. I downloaded the track that @LindaAnn posted about 10 days ago, and I looked at it a couple of times to make sure that I was not off track. I did manage to avoid the scenic detour that @LindaAnn and @trekkin_gecko took!...lol...I also used the track for the drive-in ato the TH that @chumley posted; the turn off of Courthouse Rd isn't completely obvious, so this track was helpful.

The views on both peaks are great, although we liked the view on Saddle Mountain better.

After the hike we had some post-hike grub at Hodori Korean Restaurant in Mesa -- the pork belly that I had was excellent!

Stats for the 2 summits are:
Big Horn Peak: 7.9 miles and an AEG of 2,205'
Saddle Mountain: 3.1 miles and an AEG of 1,604'

The distance and elevation gain above are the sum of the two.
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On the hike to Big Horn, we saw one poppy blooming and a few brittlebush blooming; on the hike to Saddle Mountain, there were a few lupine and brittlebush blooming.
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Saddle Mountain & Woolsey Peak, AZ 
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after hiking big horn last week, suggested saddle and woolsey for linda's peak mission
did both peaks a few years ago
left town early, deciding to start with saddle mountain
easy access, good trail up to the saddle
above the saddle the trail is way more defined than it was in 2015
or else we were actually on the use trail this time
but i remember it being harder
nice to have a pole on the descent
the summit ridge is cool as ever and we spent a few minutes up top enjoying the views
kudos to linda for figuring out the drive between saddle and woolsey, which was more involved than i thought
woolsey is pretty straightforward, just steep :o
the off trail was not as bad as i remembered it, but still steep
nice broad summit area, again with good views, although it was very hazy
had a snack and took our time coming down
two nice west side peaks, good company, fun to do them again
a full day with the drive and the off trail
thanks for doing the research and driving, linda :)
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LindaAnn
Hiking3.01 Miles 1,612 AEG
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First peak of the day was Saddle Mtn. 32 degrees at the start, only one of us was happy, but I never heard any complaining. It felt a lot warmer as soon as we got started uphill. The use trail was well defined most of the way. We got off it a little at the start due to more talking and less paying attention, but one back on track it was smooth sailing. Steep, but nothing terrible. Great views, and walking along the edge near the top was a lot of fun. Lots of green out there right now. I think my kids could do this one without much issue, so I need to keep this one in mind for them.
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Jan 01 2020
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Saddle Mountain - TonopahSouthwest, AZ
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Hiking3.10 Miles 1,640 AEG
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Another hike up one of my favorite destinations on the planet. Saddle has everything any hiker could ask for, easy access, stunning views and scenery, wildlife, and solitude. It's true there are always a few folks down below, but in four trips I've yet to see another soul on the slopes. I didn't go up the trail toward the left this time, opting to explore the off trail area toward the right, just below some impressive vertical cliffs. A tougher go for sure, but extremely rewarding, and I discovered a stunningly beautiful Dudleya arizonica population, mostly growing high up along the cliffs. Signed the register at the top for the fourth time, then scurried back down along the more familiar trail.
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Dec 28 2019
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 Goodyear, AZ
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Hiking3.52 Miles 1,689 AEG
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Returned to Saddle Mountain after 2 years. This time with Gallydoll to coax me up the funnel. Scree field below the funnel was super loose and sketchy. Trail across the top was harder to follow than I remember. Crazy windy and cold. No big horn sightings this trip :(. Had the entire trail to ourselves.
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 Marana, AZ
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Hiking2.90 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Flooded roads on my way out to the Eagletail Mountains made what was to be my alternate my primary hike. Not a big deal as it's pretty decent and every time I'm here I see a decent-sized herd of bighorn sheep. Today was no exception and the first one I saw was a large ram casually walking away from me.
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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ 
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The New Years Day hike tradition continues, this time I made it. An enjoyable hike with some folks I would never otherwise see, and a superb summit. Spotted big horn sheep, ate a cookie, and drank some fizzy water.
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Not really much to add to the other trip logs for this hike. Simply a nice hike and get together for New Year's day.

Was happy to put some faces to names and get a chance to meet some new people. I apologize to Donovan, can't find your name in the search bar though.

Saddle Mountain is one of my favorites, close to town, great views, just challenging enough to keep it interesting and no crowds.
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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ 
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tibber
Hiking3.12 Miles 1,836 AEG
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Pam worked hard to get me on this one as the elevation gain freaked me out but I reluctantly agreed knowing that champagne and chocolate covered strawberries and cookies were worthy of the climb up that beautiful mountain.

The drive on the 101 to the south presented with the most incredible smog I have ever seen. My camera was just not in a good position to grab for a quick picture. And when I got out of the car, the smell was more like smoke. Joe and I had a chance to converse in the cold until Pam showed up for our drive out to the TH.


Everyone on the list showed up and Terry and James with a +1. And per usual, a great group of people, most of whom I did not hike with because as per usual, I was bringing up the tail :lol: . I somewhat felt bad for those that would have to wait on top for awhile so I was grateful the weather couldn't have been better for that.

The climb was indeed challenging almost the entire way up and the entire way down. But I got 'er done. We did get to see sheep four times so that in and of itself made it an even more rewarding day. The views really are pretty good all the way but from the first saddle up they are spectacular; especially with the inversion layer hanging low to reveal only the tips of mountains to our southeast. The trail choices were a bit of a mystery at times too but I guess that's the fun of it. After the next little flat section you get to do the climb up to the northwest summit. I like those kind of climbs as it's through a rocky area and little ups and downs. It was really cool when I first spotted the group off in the distance.

I had the glasses so I'm sure everyone was glad we finally arrived. Pam's rule is no popping champagne or eating until everyone is aboard. The views were just so spectacular all the way around. And because we got up there late, it didn't seem we got to enjoy it long enough for my tastes. We made sure for everyone to sign the summit log. I took pictures of the log including the entry from @Dude.

And now it was time to get off this mountain but not before we got a view of another sheep before we descended. We were all dreading this and as has been previously mentioned, it wasn't as bad as we thot. Not to say it was a walk in the park as there were some slippery and steep places as well as a discussion before the little saddle on the best route to there from where a few of us had gathered. It was rather comical watching those at the saddle suggesting the best way to come down.

After a short time to re-group, we finished off the hike except I took one wrong route and ended up coming straight down a scree field and ended up on my tush and broke my nail on my little finger half way down, ouch!; Otherwise a nice soft landing. And a little while later, we got to see the sheep again. What fun!

Soon we finally arrived back at the parking lot. And after forcing several people to try the peanut brittle ale from AZ Wilderness Brewery, well mostly Olivia :lol: , we all went our separate ways. It was a fun day though my knee didn't think so. Hopefully it's just tired.

Thanks again Pam for putting this together and insisting that I come. I am working on the video now and I used some of the pictures other folks took to enhance the quality of the production. The only thing is when I load the pics by time, there are a few pics of the group way ahead so that required additional titling so as not to confuse the viewers. I'll put the links up later this week when they're ready to go. The other thing that takes time of course, is picking the music to go with this foray.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
Part 1 to the top: [ youtube video ]
Part 2 at the top for festivities and back down: [ youtube video ] more bighorn sheep
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 Mesa, AZ
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Very cool peak. Even though much of the phoenix area was blanketed with smoke/pollution, this area was clear.

First time I've seen bighorn in the wild.

Nice to meet everyone.

Thanks for putting this together, Pam, and thanks for bringing the treats.
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 Phoenix, AZ
7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,684 AEG
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This is one of my recent favorite destinations. I was excited to meet a few new members. Pam, Tibber and myself headed for 411th Ave. We crossed paths with Donovan looking for the trailhead. If there is an ounce of truth in first impressions he's a natural. One sentence out had us laughing.

After four hours of chit chat we got on trail. Slight exaggeration and I'm in the minority that nearly freezes at 50 degrees. Besides, cut me some slack... I'm not the famous Groupapelli!

The slippery section is just within my current balance reaction range. jochal helped me figure out the best lines of travel in the worst areas. He obviously holds a notable lead for member of the year!

Weather was fab. Lots of bighorn activity. Met two climbers that approached brute force. Fun group. Most concluded descending wasn't as bad as anticipated. Happy New Years HAZ'ers!
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Hiking3.94 Miles 1,678 AEG
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Joined the HAZ crew for a hike up Saddle Mountain with some delicious New Year's treats!
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One of my 2018 Hazolutions was to hike with at least four HAZ members sometime during the year. This morning, I did it with ten (including three whose names I couldn't locate in the partner list). Once atop the mountain, our group toasted the new year with champagne (or fizzy apple cider) and tasty snacks all courtesy of outdoor_lover. I enjoyed meeting and hiking with them all.

For myself, it was a challenging hike to start the new year. Generally, I'm not a peak bagger. I tend to look for long scenic routes that allow me to keep a leisurely pace without having to spend a lot of time watching my next step. This is NOT that kind of hike. Given my abilities, I never felt out of my comfort zone but I did slip and slide much more than I care to. There's some incredible views from the ridge, which was good considering I barely took my eyes off the trail the rest of the time. The return trip was slow going and quad-crunching but wholly worth the effort. Both the ascent and descent afforded glimpses of bighorn sheep; the first time I've ever had the pleasure of seeing them in their natural habitat.

Overall, the hike and the company did not disappoint. I'm looking forward to 2019. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Another fun New Year's Day Hike with a great group of HAZers. As usual Pam provided very tasty treats (Her special home made chocolate covered strawberries and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies) as well as some bubbly to toast in the new year at the summit. A great way to start the New Year and to convince me an appropriate NY resolution would be to get in better hiking shape. :)
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,981 AEG
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Another Good One in the Books... Great Way to Kickstart a New Year. Joined by our Fearless Leader, (so good to see you Joe!) and some 4 Legged Friends as well... Awesome to Reconnect with Old Friends and meet a couple of New Ones... :DANCE: Always a Good Time Partying at the Peak.

I had a little Trepidation about the Steepness of this Hike. It's a way's up in a very short Time. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt going both Up and Down. Going Up, I was thinking, ok this isn't so bad, but I was also thinking, crap, we gotta come down this.... :sweat: Turns out, going down wasn't bad either really, although you certainly didn't want to screw up or you'd be all the way down to the Bottom much sooner, rather than later... Running down like one of the Bighorns we encountered, just didn't seem like an Appealing Option. :sweat: The only Reason that single Bighorn was Running was because it was on the Ridgline with us and our Lead Hikers were headed right for it. That Particular Solo Sheep decided to beat them to the Punch and just kept going down the Ravine at a Run... The Rest of the Bighorns we encountered, on the way up and on the way down, just hung out and Posed for all of us... It was a really Sweet Bonus to an already great Hike.

I was absolutely Flabbergasted at the Air Quality in Town... As an Arizona Native and having lived here for 41 Years, it's the Worst I have ever, ever seen and so disheartening... I was sooo Relieved that it was clear around the Mountain, although everything in the Distance was a Haze of what appeared to be a combo of Smoke, Smog and Dust... No Trouble Breathing on our Hike which I knew was a Relief for at least one Member, if not more... I'm glad I picked one so far out this Year.... I have Joe to thank for confirming that this would be a good one for my Annual Event.

It wasn't too bad of a Drive, although Google would have had us in a Drainage. Thank Goodness for Route Scout, and Joe's Navigation, we only Overshot the TH by 100 feet. Joe also helped me learn Route Scout a bit, although I still think he did something that was making my Phone fart at me... :sl:

Thanks to Larry for being my Sweeper on this Hike, he did a Great Job! :D Thank You Everyone for joining me to Ring in the New Year in Style...

Good Times... :y:
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Perfect fall weather and a map made this a piece of cake today. People were in the area, but there were no other real hikers out. I saw 3 or 4 sheep, or more, near the summit, in the saddle, and then above the saddle, so this was a pretty cool hike. A perfect winter hike!

Actually, it is still fall, but the sun says winter, and except for the humidity/ dew point being unusually high the sun angle is low and the air was clear and calm. It was also in the low to middle 80s, so 10 to 20 degrees too warm for winter, but I loved it all the same.

Great summit views. I was able to see Castle Dome Peak, which is neat. It seems that aside from a few other summits, most mountains west of the Phoenix periphery ranges are not that high. There are a lot of small hills, some very rugged, and many maybe inaccessible, but aside from maybe a 1/2 dozen big summits, there aren't really many large mountains between the coastal ranges, and Phoenix, in the swath visible from Saddle MT. A few summits in the Kofa, this, Woolsey, Big Horn, Harquahala, and what else? Just a thought.
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