After two gray rainy days off work, Thursday the sun broke through at least some of the clouds and I finally went hiking. Just east of the entrance station a one mile section of the Arizona trail wanders through the forest.
“The Arizona Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people. Currently 95% of the trail is complete.” From their site.
At almost 9,000 feet (2,743 m) the forest is a diverse mix of fir, aspen and ponderosa pine.
Splintered trunk giving me the Peace sign
The trail is called a two-track, for obvious reasons.
Aspen leaves rattle in the wind
The temperature was perfect for hiking, about mid 60sF (19C), the clouds moved in and out with the possible threat of rain, and the light breeze brought the Aspens to life. Aspen leaves have flat stems that allow leaf movement at the slightest breeze. Thus called Quaking Aspen.
Scat from maybe coyote.
Wonder who lives in there?
There was evidence of animals.
Black Headed Grosbeak
Birdsong filled the air. Illusive little buggers that they are.
Mountain Short Horned Lizard
This little lizard posed on the trail for me. (Does it look a little like the sterling silver pin I bought last week?]
Quartz in limestone
Of course I had to look at the rocks along the way.
Which way did I go?
It took me over an hour to arrive at the junction where the Arizona trail continues north. I know, only a mile, but I do walk very slowly and took over 100 photos. Just be thankful I didn’t share them all. But there’s more coming from this little hike.