Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Weatherford Canyon Trail to Doyle Saddle
when 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. 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
•  Camera
distance 16 miles round trip
time 8-9 hours
EC +-3050 feet elevation change
elevations 7,974 feet at Schultz Tank Trailhead to 10,529 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 and Weatherford Canyon Trails
rating "A-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
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.
•  From Phoenix, drive north on I-17 to Flagstaff.
When you get to Flagstaff, take the I-40 East exit.
Continue east on I-40 for about 6 miles.
Exit at Country Club Drive and turn left onto Country Club Drive, which becomes Highway 89 on the other side of the railroad tracks.
Take Highway 89 north just past the Flagstaff Mall and watch for McDonald’s and Safeway on your right. This will be our last pit stop until the trailhead.
Continue driving northeast on Highway 89 and watch for Townsend-Winona Road (Historic Route 66) on your right (do not turn here: this is just a reference point).
About 2.5 miles north of Townsend-Winona Road turn left onto Elden Springs Road (FR 556).
Continue west on Elden Spring Road for about 4.5 miles to Schultz Pass Road (FR 420).
Turn left onto Schultz Pass Road and drive for 0.4 miles to Schultz Tank Trailhead on the left side of the road. We will park and start the hike from here.
Unless there has been a lot of recent rain, FR 556 and FR 420 are both suitable for all vehicles.

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