Heading into the second leg of our trifecta I considered this the "filler". My expectations were rock bottom. Personally I had no desire to hike this trail yet figured it's so easy I'd just do it and get it over with...
This hike reminded me to keep my mind open. Good company, beautiful weather and a pretty dang good hike put this one down in my book as a total success!
Driving by this looks like a barren lump in a less than spectacular world. If you just go to the trailhead I think you will quickly see what this hike has to offer... some shady Ponderosa pines. The trail is an old jeep road. The grade is exceptionally forgiving all the way to the top.
Before you know it Kendrick views galore come into play. What started off as rock bottom expectations started spitting back. "oh I know where I'm at...", "that's...", "and that's...". One of the most powerful senses in my life has been knowledge. Bruce told me the hard polished brittle rock with sharp edges was sandstone. I couldn't help it, I went to town likely putting my ride back home in jeopardy. Apparently an angel was with me as I completed this hike without any sandstone trauma injuries.