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Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ
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Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ 
Cibola-Jordan-Soldier-Brins Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
Barrett
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.10 mph
1,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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1st trip
The Jordan trailhead map shows Cibola leaving the parking lot, but the two trailhead signs read "Jordan" and "Brins Mesa". You need to follow the latter for about 10 yards before the turnoff for Cibola appears on your left. Easy to miss.
I had considered trying Morning Glory Spire, but when I saw how tiny that summit was, I felt a tiny swell of vertigo and remembered my wife's words before I left. I passed, trying to balance my increased chances of survival with the loss of what in part makes life worth surviving.
Checked out Devil's Sinkhole and imagined how many skeletons there must be at the bottom.
Seven Sacred Pools are down to 5 due to budget cuts, and are even easier to miss. The smell of skunk was in the air, and I rather enjoyed it.
The turnoff to the arches was obvious, and soon I was climbing up into one of the coolest places I have ever been. I spent 90 minutes documenting and experiencing the crap out of it.
Arriving at the Brins Mesa trail, I looked back and saw the cool 5607' summit and knew I had my Morning Glory surrogate. The east flank has a decent use trail that leads to a sweet ridge with commanding views. On my way down Brins later, a couple said they could see me on the summit from near the trailhead. That's why I wear what I wear.
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