With family visiting I only got out once this week: a 3 hour hike on the Brins Mesa, Soldiers Pass, Cibola and Jordan Trail’s loop. It’s a favorite: bracing vertical; much variety; not too many tourists (usually); and, of course, fabulous vistas.
We’re just coming to the end of Arizona’s monsoon season, which has been – thankfully – especially rainy, although we’ve avoided the drenchings that the Phoenix area has seen. What I like about summer and winter are the clouds that dapple the rocks, as in this view:
This was taken on top of the mesa at close to 5100 ft. altitude, looking west with rising sun behind. The leafless and blackened trees in the foreground are relics of the 2006 Brins Mesa fire, the area’s last major fire until this year’s Slide Rock fire.