|View of Mount Taylor from Mount Sedgwick|
Our little trail/ road had been pleasant hiking through a pine and fir forest. The ground was littered with milky, gray and rusty quartz pebbles and stones that had weathered out of the rough textured orange and gray granitic rock that cropped out at odd angles and shapes along the way. I understood now why there is peak in this range called Quartz Hill.
It was just little warm tackling the switchbacks up to the top. Fires in recent years have left Sedgwick and other nearby rounded peaks mostly open with just a few surviving pines. We made it though, and now enjoyed some shade, cool breezes and spectacular views to Mount Taylor, the redrock mesas to the north, and the blanket of green pine forest to the south. The rocky mountaintop has some old foundations and USGS medallion embedded in the rock at the east end. It was so nice to be up there, we lingered a bit, eating a pear and taking photos. I even had service so I called my wife and talked for awhile.
We returned by the same route,but had I known about the other road at the time I would have preferred to make it a loop. All the while Seamus was busy peering and sniffing towards the woods, sure that some animal, ripe for chasing, would appear. They didn't. We were back by 6:30 and ready to eat. Note: the road I used is probably not suitable for street vehicles. The last part of 504( it's being called 504 E) that ascends the peak via the switchbacks is in very bad shape and has a sign attesting to this fact. Don't attempt it in a vehicle unless you have a lot of experience in that kind of endeavor.