WARNING!!!!! Bring trail directions with you for any hiking in the Show Low/White Mountains. Ha, ha. Even a hiking guide I bought had some questionable directions.
One posted map at a different stop was hung sideways which I though appropriate. Anyway, after a fit and start or two, the hike began. The Mogollon (pronounced "Bogey" "yawn" I think) Rim is beautiful and looks over.....
….the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world, stretching from Flagstaff to the White Mountains.
State Route 260 veers off the rim and plunges into the valley as we make our way along the Rim Lake Vista Trail.
Plenty of rock formations where one can stand and check out where you step outside your comfort zone. For me, a few inches from the rim is it. We walk to the end of the trail, turn around and descend another.....
….trail. We pass an enormous.....
…...dead ponderosa, leaning at such an angle that one wonders what is keeping it upright. Soon....
….there is a break in the tree cover and a healthy field of ferns thrive. We turn around and head.....
….back up but I notice some movement to my right and there scampering away is what I guess is a medium sized black bear. My first sighting of a bear. By the time I got over the initial surprise and confirming it was headed away, it was too far for a good image. Maybe next time. The rim approaches and we head up, indicating the climb is over.
A short visit but worthwhile to check out a new part of the amazing state of AZ.