|Cibola - Soldier - Brins Loop, AZ|
|Cibola - Soldier - Brins Loop, AZ|| |
Cibola - Soldier - Brins Loop, AZ
|Hiking||9.37 Miles|| 5 Hrs 44 Mns ||1.98 mph|
|2,446 ft AEG|| 1 Hour Break||14 LBS Pack|
|Joe came up with a figure eight loop this week, that turned into two hikes. Denny was in early, so this week it's the Three Stooges in Sedona.
After we pulled into the trail head in the Range Focus, we were off like a heard of turtles in the sub 40's temps.
First up, was the Morning Glory Spire, in all it's Morning Glory. Joe'd done this one before, so he led the charge. We all scrambled up to the base of the first climb and made it up the first climb. Denny made the next step up, but Joe and I decided we could probably make it up, but getting down was iffy. Denny went a bit farther, but ultimately came back and we guided him down.
Next it was off to the sinkhole, a real interesting feature. We hiked past the 7 sacred pools, then it was off to an arch that Joe had us checking out. For me, this was the highlight of the trip. Unassuming viewing from the outside, you could actually easily climb up inside of it. We explored inside and the used the arch to climb to the top. We spent a lot more time here than planned. Well worth it.
We took a side trip down a spur trail to check out some additional sweet views, then down, down, down back to the parking lot. We decided to drive to an improvised hike two, instead of hiking to it. Good times as always in Sedona. We are so lucky to have this area so close to us.
|There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."|