Today we are heading out for our first day hike of the trip – Deadman’s Pass.┬áSince this was our first day of hiking, we decided to start easy and work up to more difficult trails.

Here are some details about the trail:

Deadman’s Pass Trail is a 2.6 mile (elevation change 300 feet) moderately busy out and back trail located on the northwest side of Sedona. It offers scenic views and is an easy rated trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. This trail has a little bit of everything in the way of hiking terrain – dirt road at the start, wide dirt trail along Long Canyon Trail and finally narrow paths (some over rocks)

We hit the trailhead at around 11am. It was a beautiful sunny day with a few clouds in the sky and the temperature was 90.

Here are a few shots from the trail:

Susie – blazing the trail.

The trail meanders between Boynton and Mescal mountain, so we had beautiful views on both sides of the path.

The only disappointment was the trail doesn’t really end with a exclamation point – it just dead ends with another trail in a boring flat area.

We then turned around and hiked back along the same path. There was some interesting and varied vegetation throughout the hike:

These are prickly pear cactus and they are everywhere. I bought a couple bags of prickly pear tea at a local shop – makes a very tasty glass of iced tea!

A nice panorama shot along the way.

Photographer’s Note: Don’t forget that you can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

We ended up actually hiking for 3.5 miles and worked-up a good sweat.

After the hike, we headed back to the condo for some eats & drinks.

It was a very nice hike to get acclimated to the heat and the elevation change. Overall, a great day!

 

Cheers,

-jj

 

 

 

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