Coyote Spring Trail Vista

Coyote Spring Trail Vista

This past Saturday we again headed to the higher elevation (7,100 feet) of Mingus Mountain to explore a new trail.  From the Woodchute Trailhead we walked along FR 106 where we encountered a couple of camp sites; one with a tent, another with a tent trailer, both accessed by trucks.  A little farther along the way, a car was parked with a woman comfortably waiting for husband, grandson, and their two dogs to return from bivouacking through the forest.  We continued to Coyote Spring Trail (#101) which we descended for only about a half mile until we faced a steep switchback on this increasingly narrow trail.  We did enjoy a good vista of Lonesome Valley, that is Prescott Valley, with Granite Mountain visible in the distance.  After turning around, two hikers passed us and later four people on horseback.  Wildflowers continue to bloom displaying white, yellow, orange, and purple colors.  After walking about four miles, we continued on Highway 89A to Jerome where we had lunch at the Jerome Palace/Haunted Hamburger.  This popular spot offers hearty portions and panoramic views of distant red rocks.  Jerome has transformed itself from its early days as a mining town to an avant garde artistic community.  While some shops are filled with gag gifts, others offer high quality items.  For example, we were impressed with the craftsmanship of Western Heritage Furniture.  We especially enjoyed the quality and variety (and prices) of kaleidoscopes in Nellie Bly Kaleidoscope and Art Glass.  Another fun outing.

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