I had to get out for this snow storm, and the dead juniper tree beckoned
I stared at the ADOT road condition map until I saw a break on the 17, around 10 am. I talked Paul into coming alongm and we were off. The drive up was full of snow, wind, and low visibility. You know same ol same ol
The Mazatzals and the Bradshaws provided views from the highway I'll not soon forget. As we arrived in Sedona the dense, thick, and down right nasty heart of the storm was over Wilson Mountain. That made my Brins Mesa pick an easy one. From the Jordan trail head (after battling the icy road) we began, all bundled up. This was my 3rd or 4th time on this trail, but this one I could barley figure where we were! We ended up heading towards Mormon Canyon, and had to backtrack up the icy face, back towards the Brins Mesa trail...BRUTAL!
Now we new the elements were going to give us a swift kick in the pumpkin, but WOW
that wind chill on top of the mesa got me good. From the top, the normal 30 min trek to "the tree" turned out to be more like 50-60 min. We went through 1-2ft snow drifts, blowing and bone chilling cold. AWESOME. I made it with literally 30 seconds of sweet light, and bam that was that. Heading back in the dark with headlamps was the calmest, most serene feeling I may have ever felt in AZ. We ended the night at Chocolate Tree for a "raw" dinner and headed home!