Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Volcanic Day Hike
when Trip Report : June 13, 2015
  Trip Report : July 25, 2009
where Flagstaff
the hike     This is two hikes in one day, both are short. These two hikes are a good combo for fire and ice.
  The Fire is Red Mountain.
    Strange rock formations in orange, black, ocher and gray colors and great views of the north side of the San Francisco Peaks are the major features of this trail. We'll begin at the Red Mountain Trailhead.
    Take the sandy wash a mile to the volcanic crater rim. Then take the loop around the inside of the crater. Hike off trail up some of the side canyons to take a closer looks at the rocks. Have lunch in the grove of trees in the center of the crater. We will then complete the loop and exit on the sandy wash.
    Bring sunscreen, rain gear, gloves if you want to climb, and cameras for the many strange colors and rock formations.
  The Ice is a Lava Tube.
    This is a different type of a hike, unique and unlike the traditional hikes we undertake every Saturday. It is 1 of the 2 Lava Tubes in the Flagstaff area. The other is in Sunset Crater Park, but the public can not travel in that one. This is a cool hike, most years there is ice at the front of the cave from the winter time.
    You will need long pants or knee pads and at least one flashlight for this hike, preferably the miner’s type (so that you may have free hands), with extra batteries. You may want to consider a secondary powerful flashlight. Also, besides knee pads, if you have bicycles helmets, bring them along. Also consider gloves for your “soft” hands.
    Most of this hike is easy walking in tunnels that are 8-20 feet tall, but one spot is 4-5 feet tall. We will be taking the left branch of the tube which has higher ceilings. It is pitch dark inside which makes the experience unique. Temperature inside the cave is 40-50° with 100% humidly. The hike in the Lava Tube will take about one and half to two hours, hence you may want to have layered clothing to keep you warm, especially for those of us long tenured AZ residents who can no longer tolerate the cold temperatures. Inside the Lava Tube we can see flow marks, frozen lava falls, lava drips and many other lava formations.
    At the end of the tube we will turn off all the lights and be in total darkness. There is no boogieman or any animals of any kind in the Lava Tube. Just the two legged ones: us humans!
    Bring a camera with flash for the many strange rock formations. Bring an extra camera battery if you have one because every picture you take will use your flash. Before we enter the Lava Tube, we may want to eat a snack. You may want to consider a light backpack or waist pack to store a bottle of water and a few additional things.
distance 4+2 = 6 total miles
EC +-200' elevation change
time 4-5 hours
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
on trail 80% – Red Mountain Trail; 100% – Lava Tube Trail
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
•  Take I-17 to Flagstaff. Then 180 north out of Flagstaff toward the Grand Canyon. Maps provided at I-17 and Bell Road.
If you want to meet us at Red Mountain, which is a marked park off 180, I can give you a map to the Lava Tube.
The Lava Tube is not a signed exit off 180. The Lava Tube is on a well-graded dirt road.

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