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Saddle Mountain

  • Feb 4, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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This hike is rated EASY.

Join us for a hike in one of the few easily-accessible wild areas near Phoenix! From the carpool location, we will caravan over to Saddle Mountain. We'll hike an old jeep trail along the east side of the mountain and enjoy views and solitude that you have to get out of Phoenix to enjoy. We will walk alongside peaks that are home to some of Arizona's most iconic wildlife, including one of the most robust populations of bighorn sheep in the state, and with a little luck the wildflowers may be blooming too. Folks with a keen eye will be able to spot petroglyphs and pot-shards. You're encouraged to bring a camera, snacks, and must bring at least 2 liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.

DISTANCE: 3 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: < 500 feet
TRAIL STYLE: Out and back
DURATION: ~ 2 hours
DOGS: Yes, if leashed
FACILITIES: Bathrooms at the carpool, none at the mountain
DIRECTIONS: Take I-10 West past Buckeye. Get off on exit 94 for 411th Ave in Tonopah, AZ. Turn left off the exit, head over the overpass, and turn right into the Shell station (note- NOT the Mobil that is immediately before it). We will meet in the parking lot at 9:30a and will consolidate before driving about 10 minutes to the mountain.

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  • Aleida

    A beautiful,quiet and very peaceful area. Birds were singing , saw petroglyphs and no other hikers!

    February 4, 2012

  • Aleida

    Thank you Desmond for a great hike this morning!

    February 4, 2012

  • Julia

    My name's Julia and I would love to do this hike tomorrow. I posted a comment earlier on the Trail Mix listing, but didn't receive much response in general. In any case, my question is because even the carpool location is quite far and assuming others are coming from Phoenix....would anyone be interested in carpooling at say the shopping plaza on 99th and McDowell (southwest corner probably the best) say at 8:15? It takes an hr to get from there to the other location.

    February 3, 2012

  • Kim C.

    Anyone going from Tempe area??

    February 1, 2012

  • Lisa O.

    Not sure if I can attend yet. Tricia, if I can go on Saturday, I will let you know. I live off of 43rd Ave/Dunlap so we could car pool together, if you like.

    February 1, 2012

  • Rosa P.

    I would love to carpool if someone is near me, I-17 and Northern.

    January 26, 2012

  • Kaveh

    Thanks for leading this hike Desmond!

    January 23, 2012

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