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Devils Bridge

Sedona, AZ

Was steep but a short hike. The trail was in moderate shape. Was slippery in places with pea gravel. Great wiew from the top. The trail went to the top of this one. This is a heavily traveled attraction.

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Little Spring to Bismarck Lake Trail
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My mother camped at Little Spring from 1985 until her death in 2013. Twice a year she hauled her camping gear and food for a week up to her favorite spot that was a small clearing right next to Little Spring. Until 2001 cars were able to drive right into the field across from Little Spring. She always took my two children with her when camped. My youngest was barely 2 years old when she joined grandma and her 5 year old brother on the first camping trip. A ruby throat hummingbird mistook her red bandana as a flower. After repeated assaults, the little hummer landed on her head. That toddler didn't move a bit for more than 30 minutes. In 1986, I joined the campers. The 1st night I froze even though it was the end of May. The 2nd night I heard wolves howling too close to the tent. The 3rd day, we hiked from Little Spring to Bismarck Lake which is actually a manmade sink for the wildlife to drink from. The thick fern was as tall as my toddler. Everywhere sunlight peaked through the dense Aspen vivid displays of color from the more than 150 species of wild flowers indigenous to the area. My mother catelogued, photographed & researched each variety found around Little Spring. Many of the Aspen bore carvings from previous visitors. Most carvings were initials or names with dates. The oldest we found was 1927. About half way we stopped for a snack. About 6 feet south of the trail we found a very large granite boulder that had a flat top. Centuries of rainwater had worn a sizable hole that was 1' diameter x 6" deep. Sunlight glistened on the water's surface. About 1 hour later we lunched on the bank of Bismark Lake. In the afternoon we surrendered our seats to the wildlife that had begun their northern migration. The return hike was darker as the sun began to set so we hurried back to camp. My son reached for my hand when we heard a twig break. Softly, he whispered "Momma, are there creditors in the woods?" My mother and I started to giggle. We were almost at the clearing, when we heard something in the Ponderosa Pine tree above our heads. I saw the mountain lion first. Silently, I picked up my daughter as my mother picked up my son. Our eyes remained on that big cat The end of its tail flicked back & forth as we slowly moved away from the forest edge into the clearing. We swiftly made our way to my mother's car. Safely locked inside, I refused to come out to eat and there was no way me and my children were sleeping in a tent. My mother actually cooked spaghetti that evening. She brought dinner to us in the car, assuring us we had nothing to fear. She gave up trying to coax us from the car. I kept the key in the ignition the entire night. As I fell asleep I thought it was awfully dark in the woods. The crisp morning sun chirped and buzzed as we smelled breakfast. Coffee brewing, pancakes in the skillet, the campfire was inviting . My Mom informed me it was my turn to pick wild strawberries growing in the field across from our camp. She handed me a bucket that I complained about being too large for the sweet bite size strawberries. I decided the best way to pick these tiny treats was to crawl on my hands and knees. About an hour later I almost didn't hear my mom softly call my name. I was about 3 feet from the dirt road that surrounds the field. The wild flowers were about a foot high so I had to get close to the ground to pick the tiny strawberries. My mother again spoke softly as she firmly instructed me to slowly back out, to remain crouched beneath the flowers, and to be silent. This was about the time I could smell something. I was almost to the road when I heard, "run " As I dove into the car I saw the black bear chasing me. She reared up behind the car & let out a roar that made me scream as ling. The bear clicked her claws in the air as I stuffed my kids under bedding. When the bear's attention shifted to the tent, I reached over &started the car. I shoved my Mom into her door as I shifted into reverse & gunned it. I couldn't steer so Mom pushed me to my side.l but she hesitated as though she could save her shredded tent. I hadn't stopped screaming & attempted to drive again, causing me to earn the name, "sissy girl." I was banned from camping. They continued. I finally returned to Little Spring on 19/31/2003 to spread Momma's ashes around Little Spring that was her heaven in earth.

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Lockett Meadow - Waterline Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

My late wife and I used to hike and backpack Locket Meadow when we lived in Flagstaff in the early 90s. It is truly a beautiful work of Nature. The last time we were there was in late June of 1993 and we slept on the ground in the woods with no tent, just our bags and a ground cloth -- two weeks before her due date (that was apparently before there were camping restrictions). I hope to take her ashes back there some day.

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Abineau/Bear Jaw Trail
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Challenging trail. Beautiful Views! We were the only two people on trail the entire day! Was glorious!

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Sandy's Canyon Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

I tried to take this hike today, parked in small lot off Crimson Rd off of Saint Mary Road. Was unable to find the start of the trail. I just moved to Flag so I'm not familiar with the area. Any suggestions?

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Soldier Trail
by James L Simmons Sr

13 Completed 1 Reviews

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Buffalo Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice easy flat loop trail. Can customize your hike, repeat loops, take shorter loops, etc. Brought my dog, but leashed. Lots of prickly cacti, so she got stuck quite a bit. Busy trail during peak season.

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Lava River Cave
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

One of my favorites. It's tricky getting there, the signs are a little confusing. I actually found it by accident. Headlamp needed. Gets colder as you enter, but feels good in the summer. Tough to use hiking sticks, but in some places, the trail tests your balance :) Super fun and interesting. You can bring your dog, but I was reluctant to do so since it was dark and I needed to pay attention to the trail. Ample parking.

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Fatmans Loop Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Gorgeous hike today. Moderate but not too easy, a fun workout with beautiful views!

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Old Caves Crater Trail
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

I used to hike this trail when I was a little boy. Also when there was hardly any houses out there, and now there everywhere. Still a good hike though.

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Oldham Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Also known as Easy Oldham, this trail is a great day hiking option in north Flagstaff. Head to Buffalo Park off Cedar Ave, find a spot to park and start hiking. You'll walk north through Buffalo Park to a log book at the trailhead. About 100 meters from the trailhead, stay left and follow a gradual descent through Ponderosa Pines. From this point on, follow the signs to the end of Oldham at Elden Lookout Road. You'll gain about 500-feet of elevation on the way out.

This was one of the first Flagstaff trails I hiked on a regular basis, doing the out & back 19 times from 2006-09. It's doable in two hours or less at a brisk pace. Elden Lookout Road offers the option of continuing along a number of other area trails. One of my favorites is hiking Upper Oldham to Sunset Trail on Mt Elden.

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