|Hiking||1.80 Miles|| 2 Hrs || ||0.90 mph|
|320 ft AEG|| || || |
My aunt from Norway and my mom were visiting last week and obligatory trips to Sedona and the Grand Canyon were in order. Of course, we had to hit up the standard touristy things, but I wanted to get them out of the car a little bit too, and figured that this hike would be an ideal length and difficulty for a pair of healthy ladies in their 60s.
I was right! The weather was perfect ... in the mid 70s and perfectly sunny. FR152 was a rocky hell. I think they go out of their way to intentionally keep it rough to limit the rental car traffic.
I left mom and aunt at the trailhead with a couple of camping chairs, a cooler, and lunch to take a detour down to the end of the road to help out a hitchhiker I picked up who was hiking out to get help for his friend's dead battery. My jumper cables came in handy and we got his 80s 4Runner started, but it wouldn't hold the charge and stalled out whenever the cables were disconnected. So we grabbed the battery and I gave them both a ride back to the TH, leaving them to fend for themselves the last mile back to the road. There was ample traffic so I knew they'd be just fine.
So after the detour, we got the hike started and it was easy going all the way to the arch. A handful of other people were out there on a perfect Wednesday afternoon.
I had my GPS on me, but for some reason, the tracking feature was turned off, so I didn't get a track saved!
ROUTE INFO HELP: Joe's description leads you past the arch to climb up a ravine, while referencing the other route to the arch just before reaching it. I highly recommend visiting the arch and then backtracking to that other route up. The ravine is fine, but the other route is far easier, and has some very nicely laid "steps". Large flat rocks that have been strategically placed to make the climb very easy for the youngest kids and oldest adults. The ravine past the arch is more of an adventure!
Anyway, beautiful day. Great hike.