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Saddle Mountain

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 3.0 (2)

A pleasant alternative to reach Nankoweap Trail, this remote trail has great views too.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

66%

Runnable

8,836' 2,693 m

High

7,558' 2,304 m

Low

357' 109 m

Up

1,630' 497 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

147%

Max Grade (56°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Some folks prefer to wear long pants to deal with the overgrown brushy parts of this trail.

Description

The Saddle Mountain trail does not actually reach the summit of Saddle Mountain, instead it reaches the deep cut in the north rim, just below Saddle Mountain. The trail is also called Trail #31 to the Nankoweap Saddle Overlook.

Starting from the sometimes difficult to reach Saddle Trailhead (off FR610), run to the east, descending immediately off the north rim. Pass a small knob that has nice views and then up steeply and over a larger hill, all along a ridgeline traverse. After descending to an open plateau, the trail becomes comparatively level for a time and soon plunges down through a more wooded burn area. Recover with some travel through flatter, parched ground before the trail ends at an intersection with the Nankoweap (or #57) Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Aspens, brushy scrub.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 2 votes

#30

in North Rim

#25000

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Trail Rankings

#30

in North Rim

#861

in Arizona

#25,000

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Photos

The burn area on Saddle Mountain Trail (photo by brewbooks)
Jul 8, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Saddle Mountain Trail views (photo by (brewbooks)
Jul 8, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Saddle Mountain wildflowers (photo by brewbooks)
Jul 8, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Saddle Mountain sign (photo by brewbooks)
Jun 15, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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