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Mingus Mountain To Sedona

Hook In Now!

View looking east from Mingus Mountain, Prescott National Forest

View looking east from Mingus Mountain, Prescott National Forest

We spent a week in the Prescott National Forest – thankfully outside the “urban interface” – atop Mingus Mountain.

There was still patchy snow and the final stretch of the forest road was closed at the top, so we had to hike in a few miles to get to the “lake” (a 2 acre mud puddle!) and the top to the hang glider launch point. We met a nice woman and her dogs from the lovely Methodist Mountain Retreat.

We particularly enjoyed the view at the hang glider launch point – Hook In Now!

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Got bored and ran out of food, so we headed down the mountain and northeast to Jerome, an old mining town.

Several folks suggested we would enjoy and should visit Jerome, but I was not impressed. Lots of good pottery shops, but overall way too touristy for me. Bisby has a more authentic old mining character and a residue of hippies (and nearby national forest and wilderness).

We’re going in from the southwest and are now on the outskirts of Sedona – in contrast, we came in here from the northeast from Flagstaff 2 years ago. The Flagstaff – Sedona route is a more spectacular approach.

An Absolutely awesome place!!! – photos don’t begin to provide a sense of the color, the majesty, the mystery, ¬†and the scale.

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NOTE: I had to white out about 4 mansions in the foreground.

NOTE: I had to white out about 4 mansions in the foreground.

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