We got there just after 10:00am, and had we been 10 minutes later, we wouldn't have got a spot. You'll find out further on in the story that our entire day would have turned out totally different had we not been able to park there.
So, we were very lucky!
GPS coordinates of the trailhead parking lot are 34.866065 -111.74864.
We had decided on the Hangover Trail, which is actually a double diamond "experts only" mountain biking trail. But, you can hike on these trails too.
Sherman, at the trail head.
Bye Sherman! See you in a few hours...
Yup...we're going up there!
First, we had to follow the Mund's Wagon Trail for one mile.
To where it connects with the Hangover Trail.
Look at that rock perched way up there.
We didn't see much in the way of wildlife, but this blue bird was pretty.
Everything looks like you're way out in the middle of nature. The only thing taking away from this is the nearly constant drone of an engine somewhere from either the tourist helicopter flights, airplanes, or 4 wheel drive vehicles on the dirt roads. But, I guess those folks are just enjoying the scenery their own way.
Stopping to enjoy the scenery.
Some parts of the trail are really sloped. Can't imagine riding a bicycle along here!
Ruth and Kevin.
We carry a small, inexpensive travel tripod with us that we sometimes use to take photos of ourselves. Here's the one we use...
Beautiful spot for a lunch break.
The night before, Ruth had made a quiche. She used corn tortillas for the crust, and it turned out perfectly! It was delicious and made for a great lunchtime meal on the trail!
Corn tortilla quiche for lunch!
Yep, this part was an uphill climb!
At the top of that climb, a girl on a mountain bike came along in the opposite direction. There is nothing to her left but a long steep drop.
"I have to go down there??"
But she made it. Here she was, only 7 minutes later. Yes, there are some sections where the mountain bikers need to walk their bikes!
We took a video from the top, just to show you the magnificent scenery. You can view it here...
More spectacular scenery.
Careful on this section...if you lost your footing, you'd slide straight off!
Springtime in Arizona.
Another slippery spot. People ride bicycles here?
Can you see Kevin?
Yikes...I just realized how many photos I had in this post. That's enough! But we couldn't help ourselves...what a beautiful hike. Pretty much have to give it a 9 out of 10!
We made it back to Sherman at exactly 3:00pm, so we were gone about 4 1/2 hours. Pretty slow going for a 5.5 mile (8.5 km) hike. But you had to move slowly in sections, plus we stopped to enjoy the scenery in quite a few places.
I figured I would check my email before we got on the road north towards Flagstaff.
Good thing I did!
There was a message from someone named Joe, and he had just come across our blog and had read our most recent post. Turns out that Joe lives here in Sedona, and he's a relatively new RV'er. He has his 30 ft motorhome parked on his lot, and has enough space for Sherman to park beside for a night. He invited us to come park up for the night!
So we gave him a quick phone call to accept, and he lives only a mile from where we were at the trailhead! So we were over there in less than 15 minutes.
We had a great evening talking about RVing and travel. Joe only retired 4 months ago, and he and his wife (she was out of town visiting her mother) want to spend more time exploring in their motorhome and he had a lot of questions about boondocking and solar panels and that sort of thing.
Had we not got that parking spot at the trailhead, our entire day would have been different and we likely would never have got to take Joe up on his kind offer. Funny how random things are sometimes!
Joe and Linda's dog Elena. She's a beautiful black German Shepherd!
Didn't get a pic of Joe yet, but we'll make sure we do that before we leave this morning. What a great day we had yesterday! Thanks Joe!