Queue yelling the words “Road Trip!!!”.
Fresh out of fall quarter finals and finally taking in the crisp air of relaxation. From San Francisco to Sedona, Arizona, we were looking forward to a week of sleeping and hiking (both of which we achieved). After a long day of driving, hazardous weather conditions arose 2 hours from our camp site so instead of camping, we took a detour south and stayed in a small town called Prescott. Thankful and warm, we woke up looking outside a window to the snow covered scenery instead of actually freezing in it.
Prescott is a cute suburb town. Despite the weather, we were lucky enough to get out and hike around this beautiful lake surrounded with snow dusted rocks.
Sedona, located north of Prescott, is a beautiful area in the middle of Red Rock Canyon. The canyons were so breathtaking, it was as if the scene was pulled out from a movie. It was such a unique time to be visiting Red Rock state park and Arizona in general. El Nino brought snow and that dusted the canyons. It was very much the opposite of 100 degree weather normally associated with Arizona.
The top of Cathedral Rock
The top of Cathedral Rock pt.2
While this sounds luxurious, lets make it clear that hiking with snow means there is ice. Ice covered rocks = a slippery, falling on your butt mess for clumsy people like me. But despite the struggle and fear of slipping, it was a beautiful, rewarding and awesome hike! This definitely was our favorite hike of the trip.
We hiked down the Grand Canyon the next day which was also majestic and snow covered as well.
Grand Canyon – North rim, South Kaibab Trail
When people say the hike back to the top takes double the time as opposed to the hike down, they are not lying. We found that this hike in the Grand Canyon provided less variety and was essentially hiking down and then up. None the less, it was worth it for the experience.
Lastly here are some photos of Devils Bridge in Sedona. The ice and snow made for an interesting hike to say the least!