Adventurer | 412 pts
This was a great hike with a cool payoff...the American Indian cliff dwellings are cool, and Angel Basin is outstanding. But the adventure starts with the drive there!
Don't get a late start....it took us a hour from US 60 to the Roger's Trough Trailhead. High clearance is needed, but not 4WD. There is one switchback which is so sharp it is impossible to do...both directions I had to do tight 5-point turns.
We started at noon and got to the dwellings around 2:15, went to Angel Basin and turned around at 3pm--getting us back to the trailhead about 5:15...just in time to drive the steepest portion of the road before sunset. I recommend doing this earlier in the day!
The foliage was beautiful, having turned yellows and oranges. The manzanita or whatever it was tore up my shorts though, they literally are unusable now....I looked like I had been attacked by 40 cats, so I recommend long sleeves and long pants if it's not too hot...just make sure you don't mind the pulls and scratches you'll get.
The hike is serene however....not too many other hikers and beautiful hoodoos, overlooks, and again, the cave dwellings.