Beautiful trees and a stunning ridgeline
I started the hike at around 1300, and the sun was still peeking through the beautiful oak and alligator juniper trees. The trail is a slight uphill grade until you meet up with the Arizona Trail #31, with an overall elevation gain of about 700 feet. The manzanita is beautiful this time of year; the red bark offset by the intense green folliage. The oaks are changing colours as well, from green to yellow and some full on red. There are numerous points along the trail which open up to beautiful views of the entire forrest.
I went up on a clear day, and could see for miles and miles. When you reach the actual Red Rock Spring, you have to search for it a bit, as it bubbles up, then goes underground for a ways. There wasn't any water, so make sure and pack plenty for your adventure. I didn't see much animal life, only a few tracks of what I suspect were mountain lion. There were no other hikers/campers, so I had the trail all to myself. It was amazingly quiet, with the wind whisping through the trees. The huge red rocks spilt all around the trail; along the path the fallen rocks paint a landscape of many different brilliant hues of red. This trail was a perfect day-hike excursion for me and my dog. Enjoy :)
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