What a nice hidden gem - Tanya and I really enjoyed this area. It was pretty warm on Saturday, even up this high and with cloud cover, but we followed the nice trail into the mountainside, which just looks other-wordly. We wanted to see what some of the features looked like from above, so we backtracked out of the crater and hiked through a nice p-j forest up the west side of the mountain. Definitely provided a unique angle looking down in from the top of the mountain. Nice ponderosa forest up there. A must-see for folks driving to and from the Canyon who have the time. Lots of traffic on the trail
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.