Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Red Mountain & Slate Mountain Day Hike
when June 15, 2019
  Trip Report : September 2, 2017
  Trip Report : July 12, 2014
where Flagstaff
the hike These are two adjacent hikes, a short distance north of Flagstaff off Route 180.
First Hike: Red Mountain; 2.5 miles round trip.
    An old extinct volcano, one of the more than 600 volcanos that dot northern Arizona’s landscape. This unique volcano offers hikers to walk into the innards of a dormant mountain of fire. For reason not entirely understood by geologists, the northeastern flank of Red Mountain collapsed, exposing the intricate internal structure of the more than 700,000 year old cinder cone. Tiny cinders crunch underfoot along the ponderosa-shaded trail that leads into a visual striking arena of towering stone pillars and contorted lava formations. A secured six foot ladder must be climbed in order to get into the most spectacular part of the mountain, where disintegrating layers of red, ocher and black cinders create a maze of clefts and canyon to explore.
    Be careful how you walk on the polished and smooth rocks!
Second Hike: Slate Mountain; 5 miles round trip.
    Not actually made of slate, this hill is a loccolith, or a solidified heap of lava that pushed up the earth’s crust, like a blister that never broke the surface. Time has since eroded away the mountain’s top layers to expose the grayish-blue igneous rock called rhyolite, which early explorers mistook for slate.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance Total combined hiking distance is 7.5 miles.
time 4-5 hours
EC +-300' (Red Mountain); +-855' (Slate Mountain) elevation change
elevations 6,700 to 8,215 feet
type In and out, both hikes.
starting at Red Mountain first, then proceed south a few miles to Slate Mountain.
on trail 100%
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed 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 north to Flagstaff.
Continue on 180 north out of Flagstaff. Drive about 33 miles, then turn left at mile marker 247.
Follow a dirt road 0.4 miles to the fenced parking area. No fees or facilities (Mother Nature only!).
After hiking Red Mountain we will drive south to Slate Mountain, which will be on our right heading south on 180.
Between mile markers 242 and 243, make a right and drive 2 miles to the trailhead sign.
This is a dirt road. After a rainfall it can be muddy. No parking fees or facilities.

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