|Hiking||2.50 Miles|| 1 Hour 36 Mns || ||1.56 mph|
|400 ft AEG|| || || |
On our way home from Zion and Bryce Canyons we decided to check out a Flagstaff area hike. The owner of the B&B suggested that we hike Red Mountain.
A stroll would probably be a better definition. The hike was very easy and although there was 400 feet of AEG it was spread over 1.25 miles. I only got 8 minutes of heart pumping on this hike and I suspect that this was elevation related at that.
The hike is very well marked and starts off on a sandy trail through a pinon grove. It was very quiet and the 40 degree temperatures made for beautiful skies and fresh clear air.
About 2/3rds of the way up the trail, you step down into a sandy wash for the rest of the journey. As you approach the amphitheater of hoodoos and volcanic red rock you must first climb a step ladder that was built to accommodate a rise in the trail of about 8 feet. After this climb you are in a most beautiful and serene place.
The rocks are the most beautiful red, yellow, brown and black. It is volcanic and thus very porous with large pine trees adding to the drama.
This would make a beautiful hike for a beginner or perhaps someone who is not able to expend much energy for the reward at the end of the hike. We also had snow capped long range views of the San Francisco Peaks that were 31 miles away.