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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22 - 16 members in 121 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 28 2019
david_allen_3
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41 male
 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
david_allen_3
Hiking16.40 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles
4,400 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Great day to be on the AZT/Mazatzal Divide Trail. Little chilly but warm sunshine helped.
Flora
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Chokecherry
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Oct 15 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Guides 43
 Routes 137
 Photos 20,609
 Triplogs 1,946

69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Little Saddle AZT #22 O&B, AZ 
Little Saddle AZT #22 O&B, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.20 Miles 2,510 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.04 mph
2,510 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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trixiec
Out & Back from the TH on old AZ 87 along Sycamore Creek.
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Oct 01 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sunflower Trail #344Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2019
mazatzal
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,520 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.17 mph
1,520 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Hadn’t been all the way through to Sunflower on this trail since 2000 :o
70F when I started and 73 when I finished. Saw 6 horses and 1 deer. Nice hike :)
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Mar 22 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2019
mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
900 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
Four of us went out here again :lol: This time to tackle a few deadfall and some brushy sections.
Perfect weather, a great day to be out. Lots of wildflowers everywhere!

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Feb 07 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
mazatzal
Hiking16.40 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles
4,400 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
Four of us brushed along AZT #22 / Little Saddle Mtn trail. Perfect day to be out!
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Jan 17 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2019
mazatzal
Hiking2.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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scatdaddy
AZT #22: Hauled out some trash and a pile of concrete wall dumped at the Cross F trailhead.

AZT #21: After the trash work we went over to the Bushnell gate to clear a few trees that were partially blocking FR 22 (saw them last week when we were here). Two ranch hands were out there doing the same job! So we bailed :lol:
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Jan 09 2019
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2019
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,060 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
To complete the two new gates (above Cross F Ranch and along Boulder Creek) the forest service asked ATA to add cattle gates alongside the AZT gates to make moving livestock a bit easier.

Day 1: Harvested two large posts for the other end of the gates away from the AZT gate. Left one by the Cross F gate and dropped the other one at the Bushnell locked gate.
Day 2: Installed the posts and the gates which Shawn had already made :app:
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Dec 11 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2018
mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,120 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles3 Days         
2,120 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
Spent 3 days staging material and equipment for 2 AZT gate installs.

Day 1: Staged concrete, water and gate for a gate along the AZT above Cross F Ranch. Staged concrete, water and gate to FR 1452 near Boulder Creek.

Day 2: Moved the concrete, water and gate from FR 1452 to the gate along the AZT in Boulder Creek. Staged digging equipment for the Cross F gate.

Day 3: Installed the gates. Nice to get these two Mazzy gates completed :)

(Last 2 photos from Shawn - thanks)
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Nov 08 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2018
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Four of us cleared 2 deadfall along Little Saddle Mtn trail. The first was a very large sycamore with three major trunks. That one took almost 3 hours using small hand saws (didn't have a crosscut). The next one was easy and took less than half an hour because after a few cuts we could rotate off the trail.

Perfect weather and a nice day on the trail.
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Nov 04 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
AZT #21 and #22, AZ 
AZT #21 and #22, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
660 ft AEG
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1st trip
We went out to check a couple of gate locations and then hiked south on Sunflower #344 for a bit.

First we hiked the AZT #21 connector from the Bushnell gate.

Next we drove over to Cross F Ranch and took Little Saddle Mountain #244 to the gate on the AZT (not the one on the connector). From here we hiked south on the AZT (and Sunflower 344) for a couple of miles. Returned to FR 393 and took that back to the start.

We saw a lot of hunters probably at least 8 or 9 groups and coming down FR 393 spotted a baby rattler crossing the road :o
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Aug 15 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2018
mazatzal
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
Four of us went to clear the deadfall on AZT #22 - reported by @KBKB (thanks). We cleared 4-5 deadfall and a few other encroachers. We went up to the junction with Black Ridge loop hike and then back.

It was very humid but not too hot - good day in a great wilderness!

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Mar 16 2018
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2018
toddak
Hiking26.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking26.00 Miles   11 Hrs      2.36 mph
4,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
NOBO to Peeley TH on very well maintained trails. Minimal water - saw small pools and slight trickle flows: 1) north of the Cross F trail junction, 2) McFarland Canyon 3) lower end of Cornucopia.

Exited down DC45. Intermittent / light water flow starts about a mile down from Peeley and persist nicely until near the canyon mouth. The first ~3 miles of trail have had some recent maintenance and are very pleasant, after that it's moderate thrash until you near the canyon mouth.
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Feb 01 2018
TheMazzicMan
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 Guides 2
 Routes 35
 Photos 32
 Triplogs 51

50 male
 Joined Jul 04 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Volunteer avatar Feb 01 2018
TheMazzicMan
Volunteer4.50 Miles
Volunteer4.50 Miles   6 Hrs      0.75 mph
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If there can be an upside to the dearth of precipitation in these parts, it's that it's allowing a lot of work to get done in areas that might otherwise go untended this time of year. This week, we spent time brushing and benching along two sections of trail. While there's still a bit of a short, steep climb north of the West Fork/Cornucopia junction, the tread is now wider and (for now) less slippery. Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of the fun! PM me or visit aztrail.org/volunteer to learn how to get involved.
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Steward, Arizona Trail Passage 23c (Mazatzal Divide Tr, Barnhardt to Red Hills)

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Feb 01 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cornucopia Trail #86Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2018
mazatzal
Hiking5.00 Miles 880 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
880 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
TheMazzicMan
A group of us went up to FR25A (Sycamore Creek) for tread and brushing work along West Fork trail #260 and Cornucopia trail #86 portions of AZT #22.

Weather was just about perfect, did not see anyone else.
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Jan 27 2018
TheMazzicMan
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 Guides 2
 Routes 35
 Photos 32
 Triplogs 51

50 male
 Joined Jul 04 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Volunteer avatar Jan 27 2018
TheMazzicMan
Volunteer5.00 Miles
Volunteer5.00 Miles   7 Hrs      0.71 mph
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scatdaddy
Haven't been out on the trail a whole lot this month as I've been focusing on getting my house ready to paint, so it was with glee I ditched the scraper in favor of a rock bar and went out to work again with regional steward, John Matteson, @scatdaddy, and others. Our crew convened at the Cross F TH. The goal this trip was to place a sign at the junction of Little Saddle and Sunflower trails, which should help clarify for users which route the AZT follows. Proceeding north along Little Saddle, crew members traded off carrying a second sign; one of the iconic (and heavy) five-sided USFS wilderness "gateway" signs alerting users to the point (AZT mile 393.1) at which they enter the Mazatzal Wilderness. Section steward Tim Colby worked at clearing the trail of a couple of downed trees. Others performed routine brushing and tread repair as needed. As with previous events, I learned a lot while having a great time doing stuff that feels a lot more like fun than work. To find out more about how to get involved, PM me or visit http://www.aztrail.org/volunteer

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Steward, Arizona Trail Passage 23c (Mazatzal Divide Tr, Barnhardt to Red Hills)

...he's got the Mazzic hands...
Jan 18 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain #91Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2018
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,030 ft AEG
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
A group of us went to Mormon Grove to complete the tread and brushing work along Saddle Mtn trail portion of AZT #22. Next up for this area will be to continue work further north on #22 coming in from FR 25A. Did not see anyone else.
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Jan 04 2018
TheMazzicMan
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 Photos 32
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50 male
 Joined Jul 04 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Volunteer avatar Jan 04 2018
TheMazzicMan
Volunteer5.50 Miles
Volunteer5.50 Miles   6 Hrs      0.92 mph
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mazatzal
scatdaddy
Sredfield
My first visit ever to the Mazatzals :y:

A picture-perfect day spent with a crew (about ten of us, if I recall correctly) brushing the upper stretch between Potato Patch and McFarland Canyon. Also replaced signage at the wilderness boundary. Some, or all, of us will venture to other AZT passages in the Mazatzal or Four Peaks Wilderness areas weekly through April (weather permitting) to tend to the ongoing punchlist of tasks. To get involved, PM me or visit http://www.aztrail.org/volunteer
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Steward, Arizona Trail Passage 23c (Mazatzal Divide Tr, Barnhardt to Red Hills)

...he's got the Mazzic hands...
Jan 04 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain #91Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2018
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
TheMazzicMan
A group of us headed out from Mormon Grove on Saddle Mtn trail to install a new Mazatzal Wilderness sign in McFarland Canyon and do some brushing along the trail.

Fantastic weather, great group and no better place to spend a day!
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Dec 28 2017
ultrazona
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 Routes 1
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32 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2017
ultrazona
Hiking27.80 Miles 5,060 AEG
Hiking27.80 Miles   12 Hrs   15 Mns   2.27 mph
5,060 ft AEG
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Up Deer Creek which was easy for the first few miles then turns to bush whacking spots followed by a brutal climb. Lots of water along the route. From Deer Creek trailhead to AZT Trailhead my GPS said 9.5 miles minus a little bit for route finding. Followed the AZT out to 87 which felt great after Deer Creek. Lots of water along AZT from recent rain maybe.
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Dec 05 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,178
 Triplogs 1,079

62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2017
mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
850 ft AEG
 
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scatdaddy
Sredfield
Five of us went to clear the old side trail to Thicket Spring and install a sign.

On the way back to Peeley TH we met thru hiker Barbara form Vancouver, BC and started Nov 9th. She thought the AZT was quite hard but happy to be half way in another few miles.

Got a bit of rain and hail on the drive back :o
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