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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2015
Barrett
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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1st trip
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My Taco left the pavement, leaving Boynton Pass Road and the trailheads for Fay Canyon and Bear Mountain behind.
FR 152C showed signs of recent heavy rains for 2 miles before I hit FR 525, where I turned left and headed south for 2.8 miles. When I got to FR 525C, I turned right again, and headed NW for 6.6. FR 9530 soon arrived, and I turned right onto the less maintained road. It's only 1.1 miles to Robbers Roost trailhead, but much slower going. High clearance but no 4WD needed.
Rounding the bend and seeing the Roost for the first time put a big grin on my face I had a hard time losing. An amazing piece of natural architecture lightly enhanced but not ruined by generations of people. :)
I carried two loads in to be extra comfortable that night, and then spent some time exploring the top of the rock, finding some cool geology there as well.
Evening arrived soon, a few Oak Creek Canyon Amber Ale's were enjoyed along with the view, and the LED's came out when it got dark. 8)
Having had enough fun for one day, I retired, laying on my pool float with a sleeping bag but no tent. I've done this dozens of times in the back of my truck, but never on the ground where the creepy crawlies hang out. I tried to not think about it, but it went something like this -
Aah...9:30...nighty night...what an awesome day...that's some fine beer...so tired...what a wild place to sleep...man, am I comfortable...still awake...turn to my side...10:32...turn to the other side...turn back to my back...fe fe fe fe...what was that?...something is flying back in forth right over my face...flashlight...bat...turn to my side...something just moved by my gear...grab both the regular and blacklight flashlights...nothing that I can see...wide awake now...12:17...something just flashed...am I dreaming?...another flash...rumble...aah, lightning...it starts to rain...this is awesome to be in a cave in the rain...so tired...the waterfall in front of the cave is actually pretty loud...put in my earplugs...2:41...wind picks up...so comfy...still awake...I hear birds...is that a glow in the east?...4:11...I think I slept for a few hours there, but I can't be sure. First real bivy. Exciting, but I'm not sure I could get used to it. I like excitement, but I also like sleeping when it's time to sleep. :zzz:
Had breakfast, serenaded by the morning calls of birds over the plain below and the smell of creosote and petrichor. Went for another stroll and checked out the western alcoves, something that would be exceptional anywhere else. But once you've seen the Roost, everything else kind of pales. ;)
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