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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22 - 17 members in 146 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 06 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
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Lots of new growth on the trail, mostly catclaw and Sonoran scrub oak. Brushed the first half mile from hwy 87 underpass, nice weather.
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Aug 19 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
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Took advantage of a cooler day for August. Went a couple of miles at the southern end of #22 and cut a few catclaw. Drove up to Cross F and went a couple of miles south from the connector trail and cut more catclaw and a few other bushes.
Temps were nice but it was pretty humid. Saw one deer and not much else.
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Jun 09 2021
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sredfield
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ATA volunteers ventured out to the Mormon Grove connector trail to replace a Wilderness Portal sign that had been vandalized. They harvested a native post on-site and mounted the heavy oak sign. Being in the Wilderness, no power equipment was allowed so the post hole was dug with a manual jackhammer, a bit slower than the crew’s usual generator and electric jackhammer.

We then went to the junction and cleaned the last of the varnish off the signs planted there maybe 6+/- years ago. Nothing stands up to the AZ sun.

About as many years ago a troop of Boy Scouts and families built a series of rubble dams to check erosion down the ditched-in trail. I hadn't checked on it for several years so we went to see. It has worked as expected, but for the cheatgrass that seeded in rather than some native grasses. Maybe the FS will spring for some and we can have more scouts involved.

Another fine day on the AZT!
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Jun 09 2021
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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
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A group of us installed a new Wilderness sign on the connector trail ¼ mile in from Mormon Grove TH.

After the Wilderness sign we split into 2 groups: group1 sanded and oiled signs at the AZT junction and group2 installed new "Saddle Mtn #91” sign at the trailhead.

After Mormon Grove we sanded and oiled the Little Saddle Mtn trail at the old Cross F Trailhead.
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Jun 08 2021
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
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Cooler temps today so I went to AZT #22 Saddle Mtn, 75F at start and 84F at the end :)

Started from SR87, went about 2 miles, did some brushing on the way back. Drove to Cross F trailhead and went about 2 miles and did some brushing on the way back. Saw a bow hunter in the morning and a rancher driving along FR 393 in the afternoon.
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 Chandler, AZ
Little saddle / saddle mountain trail, AZ 
Little saddle / saddle mountain trail, AZ
 
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Andrewrdc
Hiking14.14 Miles 2,442 AEG
Hiking14.14 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.54 mph
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Nice Saturday hike up into the Mazzies! Started at the McFarland Trailhead, parking lot completely empty when I started at about 7:45am... about 65 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Short hike up the "Cross F" trail to get to Little Saddle trail and this section of the AZ Trail. Headed north up Little Saddle trail (about 4 miles) where it ends at the Saddle Mountain trail. Little Saddle trail was very well maintained, though it doesnt look like it gets a ton of traffic... possibly because it is ALL UPHILL! Actually a really nice hike if you dont mind a little cardio. Once you get to Saddle Mountain Trail, you have the option to make a right (east) and take a short half-mile hike to the Morman Grove TH, or go left (west)... which is what I did to go towards Saddle mountain. The first mile or so continues uphill but is not as steep and is a really nice clear trail. Then it levels off for the last two miles and is a super pleasant, clear trail. Flat and fast with great views... really enjoyed this section. Took me about 3 hours to complete the 7-mile hike (one-way)... continued hiking up past Sheep Creek TH to a nice shady spot on the ridge to rest and hydrate. Great hike back (all downhill!) and ran into a group of AZ Trail section hikers just as I was finishing Little Saddle Mountain trail... at junction with Cross F Trail. They were getting off trail because of a text warning they had received from a police officer friend about a wild-fire coming up from the south! It was about six miles away but we could see the smoke rising off to the SW... definitely eye opening when you consider how fast these fires can move. I was very happy to be finishing my hike at that point... could have easily been caught on the trail if it had started earlier! I believe this is the fire they are tracking as the Maverick Fire. Anyway, I gave one of the hikers (Jason) a ride back to his truck parked in Sunflower so he could drive back and pick up his group to reassess their plans. Sorry their section hike plans were ruined, but, better safe than sorry!
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Apr 17 2021
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Backpack35.50 Miles 6,330 AEG
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john and i decided friday afternoon to do the up and back as a backpack/dayhike combo
got going around 0600 saturday morning on the access route to the azt
this was longer than we realized, having done little or no research ahead of time
relied totally on guthooks this trip, allowing me to leave my battery charger at home
usually follow on route scout, but it was actually kind of nice to not be conscious of each mile
the initial miles are not too exciting, but the trails were all in good condition and the scenery improved the further north we went
took a break along a creek a few miles in
nice riparian area and plenty of places to filter
up and around saddle mountain, which featured a nice level contour and easy hiking
some ups and down before dropping into mcfarland canyon around noon, where we set up camp and took a decent break
even had a cup of john's coffee
set out on the 9.4 mile dayhike portion
went along another lush area with plenty of good water where we filtered a liter
a final ascent to the passage end at the mazatzal divide trail
headed back and ran into three thru-hikers on the way to camp
nice to see what others are doing, what kind of gear they have and where they are from
had plenty of daylight this trip to have dinner and relax
we both wanted a chair and a book, but didn't want to carry the weight on a high elevation trip
up at first light, got going around 0645
uneventful trip back, but good scenery and we passed a few more day hikers, one thru-hiker, and one bikepacker
chatted with a thru-hiker at the trailhead who relayed the challenge of passages 19-20
finished up before noon and were home an hour later
i really enjoyed this passage, especially getting on some new trails in the mazzies
good weather and great company, thanks lp!
a few little gear tweaks, as i always can use practice backpacking
our choices get more difficult logistically, and this was probably the last passage we will do as an out and back
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Apr 17 2021
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 chandler,az
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Backpack35.50 Miles 6,330 AEG
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Kelly and I have been talking about doing the Saddle Mountain AZT #22 hike since last fall. This AZT segment has pretty easy access close to the beeline hwy. Got started Saturday morning just after sunrise.
Initially hiked through rolling hills on our way north to higher elevations. Went through a nice riparian area with cottonwoods, sycamores, flowers, with a very light flow of water in a creek. Pushed on to McFarland Canyon where we set up camp in the pines then set off for the climb to the end of the segment near Mount Peeley.
The return to camp was cooled by a nice breeze and clouds. We even got a little rain. Spooked a large white tail buck. Watched him bound up a steep hillside.
Got back to camp before 5 PM. Ate dinner then ran out of things to do, so we listened to a podcast then hit the rack. First light came pretty early. Had breakfast in bed then packed up for the hike out. Kind of windy on the way back which was welcome as it warmed up. Easier hike out going mostly down hill. Finished up before noon.
This segment exceeded expectations. More water than we thought there would be. Very good scenery. Fun two days. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Apr 15 2021
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
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Started at SR 87 and went in about a half mile to check out the tread work done by the scout group a few weeks ago. Added a bit more tread work here and there.

Two air force jets screamed by overhead… then a few minutes later two more (or a second pass by the same two?). This time I got my camera before they were gone but pictures are poor.

Decided to drive to Cross F and finish up some brushing at that end the trail. On the way I saw multiple horse trailer staging areas, lots of sheriff vehicles and someone galloping down the road ahead of a long line vehicles behind sheriff vehicles with lights flashing. It was the Hashknife Pony Express :lol:

Finished brushing near the unnamed tank south of FR 393 but no more jets or galloping horses.
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Mar 07 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
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ONB starting from SR87, went about 4 miles, did some brushing on the single track portion.
Only saw two people, one day hiker and one thru hiker who had just started from SR 87 where he quit last year due to coronavirus. His quote: "1 mile done 399 to go!”
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Feb 04 2021
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
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Started from the new Cross F Ranch TH and cut up the hillside to FR 393, followed the road to the AZT, turned south and trimmed back the brush for the half mile to the tank.
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Jan 31 2021
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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mazatzal
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Started from the new Cross F Ranch TH and took Little Saddle Mtn trail to the AZT and turned south on the AZT. Took the AZT / Sunflower trail south for a few miles then turned around and did a little brushing on the way back. Main creek (unnamed) alongside the trail was flowing nicely.

Saw one hiker who started at SR87 and was planning to go to Peeley and back :o but 18” of soft snow along Saddle Man trail forced him to turn around.
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Dec 28 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 880 AEG
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A group of us installed 3 signs and cleared 2 deadfall.
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Nov 19 2020
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
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Started from the new Cross F Ranch TH and took Little Saddle Mtn trail to the AZT and turned south on the AZT. Took the AZT / Sunflower trail to where it follows the jeep trail for 2 miles. Went off trail along the hillside where the new single track will be (hopefully) and re-joined the two track and headed back along the current trail. Did some brushing on the single track on the way back and built a couple of cairns.
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 Mesa,AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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Getting closer to finishing this passage! Highlights: the views at the beginning (all the way down to Flatiron), and still the flowers up at this elevation. There were a couple of stretches that were constant buzzing from all the bees, especially around one of the white-flowering shrubs. No buzzing from anything else, but I was uncomfortable about that in a couple of places, especially where I turned around. The trail was there, but it was overgrown with knee-high grasses for a long stretch ahead, which made it tough to see what might be in there. With that and the time constraint I had anyway, it was a good time to save the rest for another day. Another thought: I sure wish I'd been able to see this area before the fires came through, and see what it looked like! An unexpected highlight: the views from the road coming in (and going out). The Peeley road has to be one of my favorites now for mountain views everywhere; coming over the ridge onto the north side and seeing the mountain with the cliff faces across Deer Creek, and the drop-off into the canyon itself -- that was great! And as advertised, the road was in good condition; easily done in 40-45 minutes for an old Subaru wagon
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 Mesa, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.30 Miles 1,175 AEG
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Out-and-back, so focused on a few jack-rabbits having a blast that we missed a turn and ended up at FR 393. No big deal, had a snack and nice nap next to a babbling brook on the return.
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Apr 07 2020
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Got an early start and finally got back on the AZT. The best part? Well, there were three in no particular order. One was just getting started on another section of the trail after a long break (since August). Second was the connector trail from the Cross F trailhead; nice flow of water in the creek, so it's a musical stretch of trail. Extra music from the birds that were singing in good numbers at 6 something in the morning. Third highlight was the flowers -- pretty much everywhere, except not so much near the creek. Hiked almost all the way to the 87 before turning around; quiet enough morning around Sunflower that I could hear a domestic scene about who left the door open so the dog got out! The views on the hike back have me looking forward to the other part of this passage, Peeley to Cross F (sounds good that way with all the downhill!) And I'm encouraged by LindaAnn's description of the road condition to Mount Peeley trailhead. Last note for the hike: the horses (8 of them) near the Cross F trailhead are friendly, and I realize how tall they are when I'm walking through the whole group of them on either side of the trail.
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Mar 27 2020
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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toddak
Backpack50.00 Miles 8,000 AEG
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Backpack trip to break in some new gear. From Sunflower NOBO on AZT22 to Peeley, down DC45, back up on GR47, return. Very green and wet, with lots of clean flow at numerous places along AZT22, and Deer Creek was roaring. Upper DC45 continues to slowly deteriorate, unfortunate as its a brilliant trail and a beautiful canyon.
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Mar 17 2020
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
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The first part of passage 22 (just a bit north of SR 87 after the third gate) follows a two track for 2 miles.
Scouted an off trail route for possible new single track. The proposed route seems to work quite well but needs some fine tuning. Saw 4 deer and lots of water!
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Feb 25 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,900 AEG
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Cross F to Mormon Grove, Passage 22, AZ Trail

The trail today was one for Tibber; muddy, slippery, rocky, eroded. The portions that slithered along what I’m calling the West Fork of Sycamore Creek under the junipers and sycamores and alongside some cool rock formations, otherwise known as the Little Saddle Mountain Trail, were pleasant, nonetheless.
There are several little problems with attempting to day hike sections of the AZ Trail. We fell so far in love with Passage 22, which officially measures 18.1 miles, that we hiked exactly twice its length, 36.2 miles, by converting a couple of the intermediate TH’s into out and back excursions as we were down to just one car and had to go hiking. We’ve become pretty familiar with the Cross F and Mormon Grove trailheads and have even taken a liking to Bushnell Tanks and Mt. Peeley. Thanks to Ranger Doug and his gang for clearing out the deadfalls south of Mormon Grove. We saw the slippy sliddy tracks of a couple hikers that must have tried this in the last two days but no other hikers today. There were some ATV’rs that accessed the service road(393) but no dirt bike tracks. Also no flowers except some filaree on the extreme southern tip of the trail.
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