Summary: A nice hike with plenty of red rock views
Challenge Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: About 4.1 miles
Trailhead Directions: This was a two vehicle hike with one vehicle parked at the Jordan Road trailhead. To get to the Jordan Road trailhead, from the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive up SR 89A towards Flagstaff for about 1/4 mile to Jordan Road. Turn left on Jordan Road and take it to the end. Turn left on Park Ridge Drive and follow it to the end where you will be in a cul-de-sac. Drive through the cul-de-sac and follow the dirt road for about 1/2 mile to the parking area.
The second vehicle was parked at the Soldier Pass trailhead. To get to the Soldier Pass trailhead, from the "Y", drive west on SR 89A for 1 1/2 miles to Soldier Pass Road. Turn right on Soldier Pass Road and proceed about 1 1/2 miles to Rim Shadows. Turn right on Rim Shadows. The trailhead is on your left about 1/4 mile. The gate to the traIhead is open from 8 am to 6 pm, so make sure you are out by 6 pm.
Description: The hike takes you up to Brins Mesa with nice red rock views, across the mesa and down the Soldier Pass trail. You pass the 7 sacred pools and Devil's Kitchen (a large impressive sink hole) on the Soldier Pass part of the hike.
Guest Photos: Here's a photo by David Butler
Here's a short movie of the red rocks on the Soldier Pass side of the hike.
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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Last Updated April 10, 2013
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