Staten Island, NY
Adventurer | 200 pts
The Falcon Guide does nothing for this trail. Just under a mile from the base to the top and an increase of 400 feet. It is a moderate hike to a level plateau. My wife and I are both over 60, and arrived at the top in less than 45 minutes. Once on top, the vistas east to Sedona, north to the red rocks, and west to Bear Mountain are inspiring. Unfortunately, the southern view was marred by the noise from new construction just beyond the base of the mountain.
Looking at the obviously water scored walls of the mountain, it was difficult to comprehend the eons of time since this plateau in the middle of the desert was beneath water. Birds abounded on the trail up, and javelina tracks criss-crossed the plateau top.
Little solitude, we met over 20 other hikers from 18 to 70 on a weekday.