All together now, at the trailhead.
Back row: Pat, Wendy, Jon, Vicki, Dorinda, Mimi, Kari, Amy, Chuck
Front row: Diva, Rita, Lin, Darrell, April, Mark, Susan
Celebrarte! [photo by Wendy]
As a year-around resident of Sedona, when leading a hike I attempt to schedule
for trails that both provide a unique experience with easy parking AND can
navigate around the Saturday traffic snarls that either bless or plague (depending
on whether you are a merchant or homeowner) the tourist destination.
Aces on the former but lousy luck on the latter, as this report will reveal.
The “Hog” trails are relatively new to the Twin Buttes area, whose
landmarks include Submarine Rock, Devil’s Dining Room, and the Chapel
of the Holy Cross.
Upon listing the hike a couple months in advance, I expected that the hiker limit
of 25 would be approached a few days before.
However I was taken aback when a waiting list was necessitated fully one month
in advance. Although due to illness and attrition our numbers were in the teens,
we left Mystic Trailhead blessed with a sizable ensemble.
After group photos we began on the the Mystic trail and soon intersected with
our first thematic element — the Hog Wash trail.
From there we promptly detoured onto Hog Heaven, which after a steep ascent
evolved into a picture book saddle setting with an expansive view of the Munds
Mountain wilderness area fronted by one of our destinations Submarine Rock.
When scouting this hike I failed to notice the magnificence, as I came from the
opposite direction and evidently neglected to look back.
Easy on the down grade. [photo by Wendy]
Are you sure? [photo by Wendy]