Tue, Oct 11, 2022
TomB had to drive home in the morning, and TomG had to drive Iris to the Flagstaff airport for an afternoon flight. That left four of us for an early morning outing, then just Eric and I for the remainder of the day. All of the day's summits are found in Purcell's Rambles & Scrambles.
From the cliff ruins, the use trail goes south around the base of a mid-level cliff band, traversing a long distance around a south-facing drainage (where more ruins are found, including some petroglyphs) before climbing up for the final bit when east of the summit. There is some class 3 slab climbing on this last part, fun without being too difficult. With our cliff dwelling visits included, we were almost two hours in reaching the summit. The register we found was a bunch of loose pages dating back only a year - a fairly popular summit. The views today were outstanding, blue skies and much clearer than it had been the previous few days. We returned via much the same route, spending about 4hrs on the outing and returning by 11a. Tom and Iris headed off to Flagstaff while Eric and I headed to some easier summits to fill out the day.
It was already 4:30p when we started out, giving us about an hour before sunset. Our first stop was the airport overlook, a PB-only point that has nice views overlooking Sedona to the north, but not really a summit. We then went looking for a way to visit the highpoint of Table Top Mtn, no easy feat. Our first attempt followed Shrine Rd around the north side of the airport, but we eventually ended up at a tall, gated and locked fence that was going to be too much trouble to surmount. We returned back near to the start and picked up the Sedona View Trail that goes around the north side of the airport and down to the Airport Mesa TH and Votex, and a network of trails. We took the short detour to visit the vortex with dozens of our closest friends. One woman was sitting off to the side in a cross-legged pose while another filmed her from behind, no doubt to end up on an Instagram page. It was all quite laughable, but probably no sillier than turning another PB-only point to green on the app, something we did while sitting on the summit rock.
Safely back down from the vortex, we continued northeast on the trail network to the edge of a residential development, then a use trail uphill to Cococino Point where we arrived just before sunset. We sat on some rocks looking to the south and shared a few bowls to help us enter the area-appropriate consciousness that the vortex was unable to provide us. We then returned back to the maintained trails, starting back up the Sedona View Trail. Just past its junction with the Airport Loop Trail, we went cross country up the slopes to the edge of the airport and its highpoint. We stopped at the gate just outside the tarmac. The formidible fence was scalable, but there was no discernably higher point on the other side to make it worth risking a federal offence. We then went around the perimeter of the airport fencing to return to the Sedona View Trail, and back to the parking lot just before needing headlamps. There was no one collecting money when we got back, suggesting one could save the $3 if you wanted to do this as a twilight adventure....
For more information see these SummitPost pages: The Cockscomb - Doe Mountain
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