February 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.