Hike two for the day... I had this as a "Filler" hike. It was in the proximity of Red Mountain, our first hike for the day, and on the way to our next stop in Williams.
I had fun with this hike. I tried to convince Joe that the rock we were seeing on the way up was Sandstone.... knowing that he'd come back and tell me it was Slate.
Early settlers assumed the rock scattered across this mountain was slate, so.... they named the peak Slate Mountain.
As it turned out, it wasn't slate at all, but a type of volcanic rock called rhyolite.
But, as the old name was well established and "Gray Rhyolite Mountain" doesn't have much oomph to it, the original name stood.
All that being said... This was another surprising hike. A nice steady grade getting to the top, the views were incredible. I love the mix of Conifer, Meadows, and Mountains.
If you are in the area... by all means check it out!
If you need more info on the hike, check out the article that came out in the Arizona Republic the day we hiked it...