Date: October 5, 2019; 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Trip Leader: Dr. Kent Colbath, Geologist
Cost: $50 Members/$65 Non-Members
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Details & Itinerary:
This is Dr. Colbath’s nominee for the best short geology hike in Northern Arizona. Red Mountain is an extinct volcano that erupted approximately 700,000 years ago. A steam explosion from the northeastern flank of the cone exposed the interior of the volcano to erosion by running water, which carved a spectacular amphitheater from black, red and yellow eruptive materials, and sculpted exotic erosional landforms. We’ll get an early start to catch the morning light as we hike 1.3 miles along a gentle grade through the pinyon pine-juniper life zone into ponderosa pine forest. You’ll have the chance to collect xenocrysts, and learn to recognize lapilli, taffoni, hoodoos and slot canyons. Be sure to bring a camera for one of the most photogenic hikes in our local area.
Participants bring a water bottle, lunch, snacks, hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes, and your camera.
MNA will provide transportation, extra water and guides.
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