Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Weatherford Trail to Doyle Saddle Day Hike
when Trip Report : September 6, 2020
  Trip Report : August 4, 2018
  Trip Report : June 20, 2015
where Flagstaff
the hike     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. 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, hiking north on the Weatherford Trail #102 to Doyle Saddle at an elevation of 10,800 feet. From the saddle you have terrific views of the Inner Basin, as well as three of the major San Francisco Peaks: Fremont, Agassiz and Humphreys.
    We will stop for a lunch break either below or at the saddle before returning to the trailhead along the same route. If weather and time permit, we might detour near the wilderness boundary and take the old Weatherford Canyon Trail through the aspens.
    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.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 16 miles round trip
time 8-9 hours
EC +-2778 feet elevation change
elevations 8,022 feet at Schultz Tank Trailhead to 10,800 feet at Doyle Saddle
type round trip
starting at
Schultz Tank Trailhead 35° 17.181' N,  111° 37.607' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Weatherford Trail #102
rating "A-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet 6:30 AM in the Target parking lot at the corner of Milton and University (just north of I-17) in the corner of the lot next to the traffic light.
drive to Schultz Tank Trailhead:
•  Drive north on Milton and turn left on US 180 north.
Drive about 5 miles, going past the Museum of Northern Arizona to Schultz Pass Road (FR 420).
Turn right (east) on Schultz Pass Road and drive 0.5 miles.
At the "Y" intersection, turn left (north) to stay on Schultz Pass Road, and continue for about 5 miles to the trailhead.
The trailhead parking lot is on the right, along with trail signs. The toilet is probably closed.

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