|when||Trip Report : August 4, 2018|
|Trip Report : June 20, 2015|
When we did this hike a few years ago, some of us were surprised by the
difficulty and distance of this long hike to 10,000+ feet elevation, and not all
of us got to the saddle. What better way to celebrate the opening of these
trails for summer 2018 than to try again? That said, consider staying in
Flagstaff the night before to acclimate to altitude.
If you want to escape the scorching desert heat for the day, this is the hike you have been looking for. We will hike starting from the Schultz Tank Trailhead. From the trailhead, hike north on the Weatherford Trail for a half mile before branching off onto the Weatherford Canyon Trail which runs parallel with the main Weatherford Trail and just to the east.
Continue north on the Weatherford Canyon Trail before linking back up with the main Weatherford Trail below Doyle Saddle. From here, time and weather permitting, we will hike to Doyle Saddle, the high point of this hike at 10,800 feet in elevation. From the saddle you have terrific views of the Inner Basin, as well as three of the major San Francisco Peaks: Fremont, Agassiz and Humphrey’s.
We will stop for a lunch break either below or at the saddle before returning back to the trailhead along the same route through Weatherford Canyon. Please make sure you bring raingear and an extra layer for protection from both rain and wind-chill. At these elevations the weather can change very rapidly and bring on dangerous hypothermia conditions, but as long as we’re prepared for it we will be OK.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||16 miles round trip|
|EC||+-3050 feet elevation change|
|elevations||7,974 feet at Schultz Tank Trailhead to 10,529 feet at Doyle Saddle|
|on trail||100% — Weatherford and Weatherford Canyon Trails|
|rating||"A-" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||6:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.|
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