Summary: This close to town hike provides some spectacular red rock views
Challenge Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: About 2.2 miles round trip if you hike the Cibola Pass Trail and return to the parking area via the Jordan Trail. If you continue west on the Jordan Trail to the Soldier Pass Trail and then north to the 7 Sacred Pools, passing Devil's Kitchen, you'll add about 2 miles, making the total distance 4 miles.
Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" roundabout (the intersection of State Route 179 and State Route 89A), go north on SR 89A to Jordan Road. Turn left on Jordan Road and drive to the end. Turn left and proceed to the cul de sac and continue straight through until the pavement turns to dirt road. Continue on and you'll come to the parking lot after another 1/2 mile.
Description: From the northeast side of the parking area, hike a short distance on the combined Brins Mesa/Jordan/Cibola Trail. The Cibola Pass trail begins a short distance from the parking area. The trail has places where it is quite steep. As you proceed, you'll have some very nice red rock views. About 0.3 mile, you'll follow the trail as it goes through two posts on the left side. If you go straight for a short distance, you'll have some great views. Return to the posts and proceed on the trail. You'll meet the Jordan Trail after hiking about 0.6 mile. Turn here to return to the parking area for a 1.5 mile total distance hike. Or proceed west on the Jordan Trail and follow it to the Soldier Pass Trail. Turn right on the Soldier Pass Trail, which leads to Devils Dining Room (a very large sink hole) and then on to the 7 Sacred Pools. From the 7 Pools, you'll have hiked about 3.5 miles when you return to the parking area via the Jordan Trail.
You can also reach a beautiful rock knoll via the Grand Central Trail. Here's a video of our recent hike to it (http://youtu.be/aIEctdWDQyw)
Here's a link to a video taken on our Cibola Pass hike to the Seven Sacred Pools, returning via the Jordan Trail (http://youtu.be/kRCfshWNCys)
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," and waypoints.
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