The route that you and your dog are following is an old pack trail. Use is light and the path occasionally fades along this first stretch, so watch for cairns to guide you. You follow a slight incline at 0.5 mile, then the path levels out again as it winds toward the edge of the mesa.
There is a very pretty, arborous grotto at 0.9 mile where the rocks form a small basin that holds water after rains. Another good rest spot is a shady grove at 1.4 miles. Take time to enjoy these respites from your exposed trail, especially on the way out, when you will have just completed a rough climb.
Strawberry, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2