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  • Day106

    Aspen Nature Loop

    September 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This easy 1.8 mile hike starts from Snowbowl Ski Area and meanders through aspens and conifers. There are beautiful views of surrounding peaks. I found a plant I couldn’t identify, but I’ve been told it has a symbiotic relationship with the tree’s roots.Read more

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  • Day100

    Old Caves Crater

    August 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    This is a moderate hike to the top of an old volcano, which used to have a Sinagua settlement on top. The pueblo was destroyed by souvenir hunters years ago, but what remains are some “caves” where the Sinagua people mined lava rocks to use for building their dwellings. From the top of the crater are nice views of the Peaks and surrounding areas.Read more

  • Day96

    Views Near Fernow Cabin

    August 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    While Dean and Earl were working, I did a short hike to see more of the small canyon we were in. Found some interesting ledges and caves, as well as an old corral.

    After they were finished with their work, we drove around some more very bumpy roads to see an overlook into Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. I'd love to go back and hike there, but that road was so rough, we ached all over when we got out!Read more

  • Day96

    Fernow Cabin: A Room With a View

    August 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Rooms With a View is a National Forest program in which they rent out restored historic (often rustic) cabins. Dean and his co-worker, Earl, were building a storage shed for firewood at this one, and I was able to go along to explore the area. This used to be a guard station where fire crews would stay during the fire season. It sleeps 8 people, perfect for a family reunion! There is running water, which is pumped from a tank up on the hill. Propane is used for the refrigerator, stove, lighting, and water-heating. The cabin is tucked into a scenic draw. Although it is only 22 miles from Flagstaff, it takes about an hour to get there due to the gravel forest service roads.Read more

  • Day85

    Sandy's Canyon Hike

    August 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This hike has beautiful scenery and is only about 5 1/2 miles from Flagstaff. It starts out along the rim of Walnut Canyon, then shortly drops down Sandy's Canyon, the trail to the bottom of Walnut Canyon. It was pretty easy going down, but I wondered how long it would be to the bottom, knowing I'd have to climb back up at the end of the hike.

    At the bottom of the canyon, it is so pretty with a trail down the middle between rock walls lined with trees and meadows. At the end of the trail it connects to the Arizona Trail, an 800+ mile trail that traverses the whole state from North to South. At the junction of the two trails was some amazing scenery, somewhat like the colors and texture of the Grand Canyon. Then I had to hike back out, but the uphill climb was only 8 minutes, so not bad.
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  • Day83

    Kachina Trail in the Wilderness

    August 9, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Kachina Trail traverses along the flank of Agassiz peak, the one where we had ridden the chairlift to the top a few weeks ago. This trail is in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area, so there is no sound of motors and it's very peaceful.

    In addition to the Ponderosa pines, there are lots of aspen groves, as well as meadows of waist-high ferns and wildflowers.

    Along the trail are huge boulders that the trees are trying to push through or around!
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  • Day82

    Doney Mountain Hike

    August 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Benjamin Doney was a pioneer, gold prospector, rancher, and in 1904 was the acting mayor of Flagstaff. This mountain (actually four cinder cones), was named after him because he prospected here. From the top, one can see great views of the San Francisco Peaks to the southwest, and the Painted Desert to the northwest.

    There are also remnants of Sinagua shelters made of lava rocks, used to hold their agricultural tools between uses. Hard to believe they could grow crops so far from water sources!
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  • Day77

    Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

    August 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is Southeast of Williams. The only way to go into the canyon is by hiking/backpacking, but we were able to drive on forest roads to several rim viewpoints. At one point along the rim is a dry waterfall, which flows during snowmelt and after the monsoon rains. During the dry times, people like to rock-climb here.Read more

  • Day76

    Coconino National Forest Views

    August 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Driving around the forest, we always see views of the San Francisco Peaks. This is a view when rain was falling nearby. It really shows the layers of the mountain range. The peaks were once a single volcanic mountain that was over 16,000 ft in elevation. It imploded like Mount St Helens did, leaving an inner crater surrounded by several peaks.

    There are several "tanks" in the forest, made by ranchers for their cattle to drink from. They are great for wildlife too. We often see "intermittent" lakes around the forest as well. During the dry season they become meadows.

    Some of the forest roads are not good for passenger cars. As volunteers, we can sometimes use a truck to explore the forest.
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  • Day63

    Grand Staircase-Escalante

    July 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This National Monument in southern Utah is composed of "steps" of varied rock in different colors. From a distance, you can see the steps. Up close you only get to see one or two steps. The national monument is hard to access, on dirt roads and hiking trails.

    At the visitor center was a wonderful display on the various dinosaurs of this area, many of which we'd never heard of. What elaborate head frills some of them had!
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