Some of the desert trees are twisted into art.
You certainly don't want to fall into this cactus....
This trail in most spots was well below the top of the mesa and on the edge. If you have a fear of heights, this would not be the trail for you.
The cacti on this trail were very happy.
The Oak Creek valley can be seen below. The lighter color cottonwood trees mark the path of Oak Creek.
There are not many blooming flowers this time of year, but we say a few in warmer than usual micro climates.
Parts of the trail were very rocky.
A cactus bloom past its prime.
Another part of the valley below....
On the far side of the trail we mostly hiked through the woods.
After the loop, we climbed up to the vortex rock. This is where we had lunch and rested.
Views from the vortex rock....
After the hike, we cooked out at a park along Oak Creek.