Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Doe Mesa Hike

Distant Drums RV Resort
Camp Verde, AZ
April 27, 2015


 After 3 days and nights of a few thunder storms, on and off again heavy rains, gusty winds and much cooler temps, we woke up to bright blue skies and sunshine today. 

With a hike on Doe Mesa already picked out, we were up early, packed and out the door by 8:30.

WAHOO!


There is a small "meadow" at the parking area. I just knew I would see some sort of wildlife...but no!





From the parking lot, the trail is hidden in the dense growth of juniper and pinyon pines.



 Doe Mesa Hike is rated as a moderate short hike. It is a winding trail with lots of switchbacks, huge steps and rock scrambling...at some points very close to the edge!






Much of the trail looked like this so keeping an eye on the path was more of a challenge for me. I never look where I am going! 

What a good workout!




Doe is steep up the sides, and perfectly flat at the top.




















Views on the east side of the mesa...






Views from the south end of the mesa...



And views on the west side of the mesa...




We walked about a mile at the top making our hike for the day a total of 3.5 miles. The trail that goes up is also the trail that goes down. The going down on big steps is always harder for my short legs. 


Looking down on the trail...






Doe Mesa





Until next time, happy days and...


happy trails!

P.S. The clouds were beautiful all day...


Going home...
Belle's (MH) view...

12 comments:

  1. We've never done Doe Mesa but I know it is popular. We'll have to check it out next visit:) Love that you did find some wildflowers...so pretty:)

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    1. Week days are perfect for hiking Doe...not much traffic on the trail.
      I looked and looked for the name of the pretty blue flower, but could not find it Pam...I love the interesting shape in the back.

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  2. What a view you had! Great shots. --Dave

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    1. Thank you Dave. I think Doe Mesa offers some of the most spectacular views of Sedona!

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  3. More awesome pics, thanks for taking us along.

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    1. You are so welcome George and Susie!

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  4. Great shots. It sure is nice when the rain goes away and blue skies follow.

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  5. We had rain (and snow) here in Santa Fe too, just one day though. I like how it packs down the dust on the trails for a day!

    I have a hard time keeping my eye on the trail ahead of me too when there is so much intense beauty all around me! Beautiful shots, I just love walking the rim of that Mesa and taking it all in. Even those fabulous properties along one side! I could live on the fringes of Sedona easily!

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    1. Oh, we could too Lisa...Sedona and the surrounding area is one of our favorite places.

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  6. You are in such a beautiful area and as always you got really wonderful photos. I love going along on your hikes with you.

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    1. I am so glad you do...we love Sedona Sandie!

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