Wing Mountain

Wing Mountain is a prominent mountain within view of my home.  It is an old volcano, so the sides are very steep.  Instead of a crest, it has a crater at its top, which has long ago turned into pasture.  In fact, ranchers enjoy using it to graze their cattle.  The trick is driving them up there...

Below is a view of Wing Mountain from my back yard.  A second photo shows a closer view.  Hard to believe this was once a volcano.

The hike up the mountain is very short, but very steep.  It takes about 40 minutes.  Below is a panarama view from the top of Wing Mountain, looking towards my community of Baderville.  Be sure to scroll to the right to see it all.  This photo may take a while to load.

Below is a closer look at the area, looking east.  To the left is Highway 180, which runs from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.  The large meadow area is called "Baderville," though in reality, only the front portion is formally that community.  I live in the small group of homes at the little notched-type meadow in the biggest meadow, at the far right.  Way back to the right and over a small wooded rise is another meadow, in the distance.  This is the start of Flagstaff proper (Baderville is unincorporated, county land).  Flagstaff goes from there and around the far mountain, called Mount Elden.  You can see a lot of yellow in the nearer, bigger meadow, especially towards the forest foreground and to the right of the highway.  That is a mustard-type of flower that grows like crazy here.

Below is a closer look at the yellow flowers, looking from HWY 180 and South, towards my home.  Sadly, the meadow is being sold as 2 acre parcels for homes.  My home one of the two gray-white homes visible in the left-center part of the photo; my home is the MUCH smaller home to the left.  Half of it is brightly lit, while the rest is in shadow.

Below, a small, bright flower, which is common in the higher elevations.  I spotted this flower was spotted on Wing Mountain.

 

A last photo:  The crater at the top of Wing Mountain.  You are looking at a quarter of the crater lip; the lip you see is at the far side of the meadow, which curves around to the left to meet the elevated lip upon which the photo was taken. 

The crater of the mountain is easier to visualize with this movie, below. 

One final note:  Though the term "Wing Mountain" sounds romantic, it is not named after a bird or as part of some Native American tribe.  Instead, it was named after one of the owners of the largest ranch in the area, Arizona Ranch Company, in the late 1800's.