Ascent of Saddle Mountain on 2018-01-18

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Saddle Mountain
    Elevation:3037 ft / 925 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the driving directions provided by surgent and mstender on . My driving notes are as follows:

0.0 Driving West on I-10 from Phoenix, take Exit 94 (441 Avenue).
3.0 Turn Right onto Salome Highway.
8.4 TL onto Courthouse Road at a Y.
9.1 TL onto unmarked BLM 8211 (there is a kiosk here).
10.1 Cross BLM 8212
10.2 Park at a parking/dispersed camping area.

My only additions to the SummitPost route description are:

(1) The trail starts just beyond a gully to the SE of the parking area and heads East.

(2) Soon turn right at a cairn onto a faint climbers trail heading directly towards Saddle Mountain. If you miss this first junction and continue east, you will find another junction marked by a T shaped rock pattern with a faint trail lined with small rocks heading towards the mountain. The climbers trail becomes more obvious as it leads up to a notch below the upper east face of Saddle Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1637 ft / 498 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:N Side Trail, W Face
    Trailhead:BLM Road 8211  1400 ft / 426 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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