“Those who have never known the deep intimacy
And the intense companionship
Of happy mutual love
Have missed the best thing
That life has to give.”
― Bertrand Russell
‘With local knowledge‘ is no longer holding, as the usual weather for this time of the year stalls midst Indian Summer and Winter. Enough to notice, and choose hiking trails differently.
Doe Mountain #60 (which is actually a mesa), is a favorite Late Spring/Summer hike as the trail is shaded and cool for the better part of the day. Except here we are in February, getting to the trail-head by paved road, to a busy, heavily info/warning/and restriction signage, filling with vehicles parking area.
Reminiscing as life long companions do…..about back in the day when the pavement ended miles ago, the road maintenance was a grating once a year, and the dust, Greasy Spoon red mud, flash flooding, long horned steers, rattlesnakes, or sky big wildness of it all, kept just about everyone back on Dry Creek Road but the Tour Guides jeeping tourists out to the Honanki and Palatki Ruins; or the Bradshaws in the midst of their ranching day. Doe Mountain is a fee service area now, your credit cards welcomed on site for convenience…..
What does remain unchanged is the Red Rock formations and the great good time of hiking and climbing them. Today it is to the top of the Doe for a picnic lunch with a view.
The less than mile climb up Doe Mountain is not difficult, nor is it a long one. I did pack the camera away for most of the way… needing my hands, feet, and attention choosing wisely together for the series of quick switchbacks that rise four hundred feet to the top. It is good to pause periodically on firm footing and take a good look around.
From the top you can see a lot of why so many global citizens come to Sedona, or why we have returned this sunny, warm, stark blue sky day to one of our favorite places to just sit in gratitude, lunch, then sprawl out in lizard pose to embrace it all while the penetrating heat of the sun warm red rocks flows in through bare skin.
An easy hike about the top mesa shows views of Bear, Maroon, and Wilson mountains, Loy, Boynton, and Secret Canyons, Chimney Rock, and the Cockscomb. Sedona is visible to the east and off to the south, Munds Mountain and Sycamore Pass, with heart teasing views of the Valley floor below.
An excellent choice for locals and visitors alike, for it’s easy access paved from town clear to the trail-head , excellent views and photo opportunities, a just high enough change in altitude to get an expanded look and new perspective of where you are, and with deep tissue warming rocks included at no additional fee.
Length: 0.7 miles to the top of the mesa, 1.3 miles around the edge.
If your go:
Let someone who is not hiking with you know where you are going.
Choose sturdy already broken in foot-gear, avoid girly sandals or bare-feet, and remember a low center of gravity is your friend. Black clothing absorbs the sun-rays, you can overheat over a poor wardrobe choice.
A couple bottles of water per person.
A dandy take away from one of the many local eateries.
Turn your cell phone off.
And you are looking at the opportunity to enjoy a the Perfect Sedona Day.
Do you want or need a Tour Guide? That’s a question only individuals can ask and answer for themselves.
Peace and Blessings to each and everyone. Have an excellent weekend.