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Munds Mountain, AZ
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Munds Mountain, AZ 
Munds Mountain, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2020
Hiking20.50 Miles 3,940 AEG
Hiking20.50 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   2.52 mph
3,940 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
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I had never been on Munds Mountain before, so yesterday 3 of us decided to head up there. We did an out-and-back hike starting at the Jack's Canyon TH. We took the Jack's Canyon Trail to the Munds Mountain Trail, which we took all the way to the south end of the mountain. We bagged the summit on our return.

This turned out to be a longer and tougher hike than I had envisioned. There was a bit of bushwhacking part of the way on top of Munds, as in places we had to navigate through some chaparral. Fortunately there were some game trails that we were able to follow.

We went through about 3 different ecosystems on the hike, and I really enjoyed being on top of Munds. Some of the vegetation on Munds looked like another planet, and there were lots of wildflowers, and some occasional awesome views of what makes Sedona famous. The Munds Mountain Trail disappears in some places, so there is a bit of route finding. That said, I enjoyed being up on Munds, the bushwhacking portions notwithstanding.

The Jacks Canyon Trail is OK, but it isn't my favorite. I will probably hike Munds again, but next time I think that I will either start from the Vista on Schnebly Hill Road or from the Huckaby TH.

We did not see anyone on the hike. When we got back to the TH, there were a number of cattle in a pen at the far end of the parking lot. I didn't think much about it, until a guy drove up in a Taco and asked us if we were there to see the roundup. I told him that I didn't know what he meant, and he said each May the ranchers drive their cattle up on the Rim for the summer (then they bring them back down before winter). Before they take the cattle up on the Rim, they brand and dehorn the cattle, and clamp the young bulls. He said that there are 5-6 different ranchers that own the cows, and that the cattle for each rancher are all intermingled with cattle from other ranchers -- so basically all the cattle use the same pasture. Each cow has a brand unique to the ranch that owns it; that way a rancher can identify which cow is his. When they brand the young calves, they look to see which cow a young calf is with, and they put the same brand on the calf that is on its momma. Apparently this is a big doing, and people living in the area come by to see the show.

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There were LOTS of wildflowers up on Munds Mountain -- lupine and spreading fleabane stood out.

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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