A steep hike /
scramble to the top of Saddle Mountain located
southwest of the small town of Tonopah. See
Friends of Saddle Mountain for more
information about the area.
Note: AZ Game and
Fish recommends only limited hiking between the
months of November and March to protect bighorn
sheep during the lambing season.
From Phoenix, head west on I-10 to exit 94 and
411th Ave. Turn left (south) and drive 2.7 miles
and turn right on the Salome Highway. After a
little more than 5 miles you'll arrive at a
junction with Courthouse Road, which branches
left. Turn left onto Courthouse Road and drive
0.7 miles and turn left onto Forest Road (FR)
8211. Remain on the main track for 0.9 miles to
a junction. Stay straight on FR 8212 to park at
the end of this road a short distance later on a
area of reddish dirt.
Sunny and Nice
From the road end, look for a trail that begins
on the southwest corner of the parking area. The
trail winds its way through the desert a short
distance before climbing along a ridge up to the
right. It then contours along the hillside and
climbs to an obvious saddle just to the east of
the main peak. At the saddle, the path becomes
less distinct as it climbs up to the west. When
you reach the main ridge, turn right to climb up
to the northwest eventually reaching a ridge
with a dramatic drop-off on its western side.
Continue upwards paralleling the ridge to
eventually gain the peak which features a
register and some nice views of the surrounding
desert and the cooling towers of the Palo Verde
Nuclear Plant. When ready, return the way you
Rating (1-5 stars):
A friend and I completed the hike to the summit of
Saddle Mountain via a steep gully from the
southeast side of the peak, only to run into the
trail (which we we unaware existed). We used the
trail on the descent, then circled back to our
vehicle in about 4 hours.
for a map of Saddle Mountain. I've marked our ascent route as 'alternate' -
it was basically just a steep gully filled with loose rocks and not really
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