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Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking2.91 Miles 441 AEG
Hiking2.91 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   2.43 mph
441 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
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I am not going to lie, this hike completely exceeded my expectations and I found it rather enjoyable and interesting. I knew it was a short one to begin with and from driving by the trailhead the day before, it looked to be somewhat unspectacular. However, we had car camped just up the road and were only looking for a short morning hike before heading back to Phoenix, so we committed to the quick stop on the way home.

There were no other cars, or people on the trails when we arrived at the informative trailhead. We read up on Cinder Cones and googled a couple more fun facts about volcanoes and then hit the trail. The first half mile was a little warm and somewhat bland. However, once you drop down into the sandy drainage that serves as the trail, things get much nicer. In particular, the geology is great! We explored a few of the hoodoos, climbed a couple of high spots and generally marveled at the geological remnants of the the ancient volcano. We were a little surprised when we hit the ladder and wall portion of the trail, but were able to utilize the bypass to get the big dog down the trail. The trail ends in a slot and box canyon area and that is where we turned around after a quick snack and a little more exploration.

A great little trail overall. Well worth a quick stop! Very suitable for children, non hikers and the elderly.
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