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
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,
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,
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.