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Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking5.01 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.01 Miles   3 Hrs      1.82 mph
700 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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I saw on HAZ that kingsnake was going to do this Trail. Needed a good excuse to get out of town and he was nice enough to allow me to join him. It's always nice to meet a fellow HAZer and go on a good Hike. Met him and his wife at the TH at 5:30ish and I almost didn't recognize him without a gash in his head! :sweat: Sorry, Preston, you knew I had to throw that in.... :D Shortly after, we took off down the Trail. We were doing a Loop, based on hippiepunkpirate's Route.

There was a few Clouds at the beginning of the Hike which the Sunrise lit up nicely. It was fairly cool to start, but became a little muggy and warm later into the Hike. We reached the top of the Mesa in good time and enjoyed the Sunlit views. It was cool watching the Moon set behind the Mountains as well. Looks like at one time, there was a Fire in this area, as alot of the Trees were dead, but the brush had come back. Probably a few years ago, I'm thinking.

Continued along the Mesa and took a side spur that took you to a small, rocky Outcrop, where the views were even nicer! :) Got a very good look at my nemesis, Capitol Butte, from the back side. :x Need to do that Hike again and do it better, it's a fun one!!! Enjoyed the views, took some pics and went back down the Spur the way we came and got back on the main Trail.

Got to where it intersects with Soldier Pass and headed south, where Soldier Pass eventually hooked up with the Jordan Trail. Along Jordan Trail, we encountered a huge Sinkhole with a mega Boulder inside. I tried to get Preston to jump down into the hole so I could get a "scaled" picture of that rock, but he politely declined.... :sweat: It would have been very difficult, the walls were all "sheared off", making them unnegotiable without a rope.

Continued on, until we met up with the Cibola Pass Trail, which we took back to the TH. Really nice Loop and there are alot of variations of it that can make it longer if you like. We did the shortest of the Loops today, as Preston and his wife had other plans.

Preston told me that they were going to Sedona, not so much to Hike, but to attend the Hummingbird Festival that was happening in Sedona that weekend. It sounded so interesting that Preston sent me the link and I made a few plans of my own to check it out. After the Hike, I went to one area and watched some Hummingbird experts trap, band and gather data on a male, juvenile, Black-chinned Hummingbird. It was very cool and fascinating at the same time. How they can handle those birds, when their hands are 4x the size of the Bird, very cool to watch. Turns out, they trap them very similar to what I use to Trap Dogs and Cats. Very Humane, very little stress to the Bird. It was actual kind of an "aw" moment, when the gal came back from the Trap with the bird in a small netted bag. She warned us that Black-chins are very vocal when being banded, even though it doesn't hurt them. True to her word, the Hummingbird chirped and squeaked the whole time.... :sweat: I guess alot of other species of Hummers are much quieter. I took some video of the process and a couple of pictures, but they just didn't turn out. I cannot even tell you how tiny the bands for these birds are. Glad I went! It was well worth the while. Afterwards I drove over to where there were some vendors that were part of the Festival and wandered around a bit, before heading to my next Hike. It was pretty warm by this time, so my decision for my next Hike was a no brainer.

Thanks Preston for allowing me to join you! I really enjoyed this Trail and the company!!! Glad I finally got a chance to meet you. Someday, maybe we can Hike again!!! :D
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