Manzanita and oak clog up a bouldering path in
Stewart Pocket east of Payson, AZ. The pocket or basin
is ringed with crumbling ridges consisting of granite
boulders, the formation seen here. It became
exposed to the surface, and through time has weathered
into the remarkable geologic features seen today.
There is one trail extending through this area of the
Tonto National Forest, called the Boulder Trail. I saw some puddles of water here and there, but summer here is ruthless and hot. Please leave early and bring water when visiting this section of central Arizona.
May 18, 2008
[Due to a recent heat wave, the air temperature at the time I took this photo was 90+ degrees (F).]