I couldn’t believe my eyes. My folks were getting all our snow gear out again for the second time in one week. Was I dreaming? Awoof! This time, we kept driving a little further on I-17 north of Phoenix and past the Sedona exit. That typically means Flagstaff, so I settled in my bed for the ride that would be about 2 ½ hours.
About 18 miles outside of the town of Flagstaff is Bismarck Lake, our destination for today. My mom saw a picture of it on her wall calendar, and it promised to be an easy two-mile loop around the lake with majestic views of the San Francisco Peaks. The closer to Flagstaff we got, the more snow on the ground. So far so good!
Once we got to Flagstaff proper, we took the Milton Road exit and then took US-180 W/N Fort Valley Rd to Fire Rd 151. The lake is off Fire Road 151…except that the road to it was closed! No where online did it tell us that this was a private road. In fact, everyone my mom read said it was open to everyone. Not to let that deter us, we parked by the gate and geared up.
Unfortunately, the winds were howling trying to blow in another storm of snow. Besides my furry coat, I also had my winter adventure coat on, so I was good. My humans, however, got a bit chilly. Best we could tell, we had two miles just to get to the lake. No bother! I was having a blast pouncing the snow and eating it.
A vehicle approached us, which was strange since the road was closed. My daddy talked to the driver and learned that this road servicing only those who live here. The road is opened just occasionally for hunting season, whatever that is. The man said we had at least two miles to go, maybe further. Drats.
My folks decided we’d go a little further then head back. Our adventure was cut short, but we still went about two miles or so. Even though we didn’t see the lake, we did have great views of the San Francisco peaks all covered in snow.
My recommendation would be to go during hunting season when the road is open so you can park by the lake and then do the loop around it. Just be careful and aware of your surroundings. Otherwise, if you came for a longer hike, you can park along the 151 like we did and hike it. They don’t mind people enjoying the lake; they just don’t want all the traffic. No fee or passes required.
Some adventures don’t go as planned, but any adventure is still better than no adventure. I was with my family and got to play in the snow. To me, it doesn’t get much better. Well…some bacon would have been nice.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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