Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hiking the Hiline

Yesterday we hiked the Hiline Trail in Sedona then spent today recovering. I think it's the heat and sun that are wiping me out, because the four-mile round-trip part wasn't that bad. It had an elevation gain of about 500 or 600 feet, but it wasn't too, too steep.

It's a hiking and single-track mountain bike trail that hugs the face of the red rock. We encountered quite a few mountain bikers, and I think they're all crazy.

In the photo above, the light strip in the center is the highway, which is near where we started our hike. So you can see that we went up quite a ways. 

At the top is a 360-degree view of surrounding rock formations and blue sky. Dave spent awhile checking out the topo map, comparing it with the formations spread out before him. He loves maps.

I spent our time at the top sitting on a shady rock taking photos and soaking in the views.

Going down was a LOT faster than going up! This morning my legs said they wanted to rest, so we did a car trip to Williams -- where the quilt store that was supposed to be open wasn't -- and to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Great museum -- more on it later.

View from the top of the Hiline Trail.

Have a colorful day


Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Beautiful pix! Good idea to give yourself a break the next day... bummer you couldn't get into the Quilt store. Some day, we'll have to do a road trip to Pine-Strawberry to see if theirs is still there. Maybe next year!

The Idaho Beauty said...

I'm with you on those mountain bikers! They are allowed on several trails I've hiked around here and I'm surprised I don't hear about collisions with people on foot. since the trails are narrow like what you show. If I'd been going down instead of up I'm sure I would have been wiped out by two kids zooming down a steep stretch because they were on me before I heard them coming. I managed to step to the side just in time while they slowed not one bit. Not even a "sorry" flung over their shoulders. Really spooked me for using that trail again.

Anyway, great views for your reward for hiking this trail. I'm sure you are right about the heat sapping your strength.

JudyC said...

Beautiful views from the top! We hiked Camelback mountain while in Scottsdale. It was a challenge to say the least but don't remember any warning signs. We'll have to compare stories.