Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Saddle Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : December 1, 2018
where Mazatzal Mountains
the hike     This hike crosses the midpoint of the Arizona Trail which is 405 miles to Utah and 405 miles to Mexico. The hike starts on the Cross F Trail and joins the Arizona Trail in less than 0.5 miles. This part is through a cottonwood and sycamore forest. The trees many be changing color at this lower elevation. We then start going uphill to Saddle Mountain pass, where we get a great view of the Mazatzals. The hike then drops into wooded McFarland Canyon (great camping), where we will stop for lunch next to the water. This creek flows most of the time. These trees may also be changing color. After lunch we return the way we came.
    There is a possible "C" hike that only goes to the half way point of the Arizona Trail. That would be 6 miles with an EC of +-1,000'. I would have to get a co-leader for that.
    The weather may be sunny or not. Be prepared for extreme desert weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen and some rain gear.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock
•  Camera
distance 14-15 miles round trip
time 9-10 hours hiking time
EC +-2,200' elevation change
elevations 4,000' (Cross F Trailhead) to 5,500' (Saddle Mountain pass)
type one way
starting at
Cross F Trailhead 33° 54.520' N,  111° 28.968' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Arizona Trail passage 22; Cross F Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
Riders, please share gas expenses with the drivers.
weather Payson
meet 6:00 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the north curb away from Target. We will leave promptly at 6:15 AM.
•  Take the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87) northeast to Sunflower.
At the top of the hill, turn left on to FR 627 (right is Mt. Ord) to small parking lot.
We will caravan from here to the Cross F Trailhead.
There is a short dirt road to get to the trailhead, but cars will have no problem.

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