Arizona Hiking Gallery
Keyhole Sink Trail Hike
Kaibab National Forest, Parks, AZ
August 12, 2006
Gallery contains 44 photos
Gallery last updated: 8/20/2006
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Located near Parks, Arizona off of Old Route 66, the hike along the Keyhole Sink Trail is an easy 2 mile roundtrip hike through the ponderosa pine forest.

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The Keyhole Sink Trail is wide and easy to follow and ducks in and out of the forest.

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The Keyhole Sink Trail is used by cross country skiers and is marked for them with blue triangles.

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The forest along the trail was full of a wide variety of mushrooms. Here a couple of yellow mushrooms push up through a clump of grass.

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A few wildflowers were blooming along the trail Here is a closeup of Skyrocket Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata).

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Skyrocket Gilia.

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Beetles hunting for nectar in the bright yellow Bearded Cinquefoil (Potentilla crinita) flower.

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Lichen covered boulder field.

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Boulder in the grips of a fallen log.

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A mushroom pushes through the forest floor revealing its bright red cap.

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I was amazed at the variety of mushrooms that I saw. Here a pair of white ball-like mushrooms.

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Brown mushroom.

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Cream colored mushroom.

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The cap on this small reddish mushroom is splitting apart.

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A red mushroom pushing up from beneath the pine needles.

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Yellow mushroom.

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Small mushrooms among the pine cones, pine needles and volcanic rock.

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This bright orange trio of mushrooms really caught my eye.

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The caps of these bright orange mushrooms appeared quite sticky and slimy.

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A line up of six Ponderosa Pines (Pinus ponderosa).

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Ponderosa Pines.

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Bright orange mushrooms emerging from a cover of pine needles.

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Closeup view of a spectacularly colored reddish orange mushroom.

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Weathered grain of a long ago fallen ponderosa pine.

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Western Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

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A view through the forset along the trail. The cliffs in the background suggest were very close to Keyhole Sink.

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Keyhole Sink is a small box canyon with a small pond at the base of the wall during the wet season.

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Keyhole Sink and the end of the trail. A nice place to sit and relax and enjoy the solitude.

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Keyhole Sink.

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Petroglyphs on the canyon walls at Keyhole Sink.

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Petroglyphs on the canyon walls at Keyhole Sink.

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The cliffs at Keyhole Sink.

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Interesting colors on the canyons walls.

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The cliffs at Keyhole Sink reflecting in the pond.

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Jagged cliff walls.

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Late afternoon sun lighting up the walls.

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A lone plant gets a foothold in the rocks at the base of the cliff.

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A fallen tree lays at the the base of a small cliff in Keyhole Sink.

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Keyhole Sink.

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Keyhole Sink.

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A small Aspen (Populus tremuloides) grove near the entrance to Keyhole Sink. Behind the trees you can see the old log fence that surrounds the entrance to the sink.

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Interesting patterns of bubbles in a small pool of water.

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A small meadow along the Keyhole Sink Trail.

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Late afternoon sun filtering through the forest canopy.

All images Copyright ©2006 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.