Here is the route:
We were only able to start out around 1:30pm. This put us in Payson around 2:30-3:00. We stopped by Walmart for some toy shovels and pails. These are great for the beach and great for the mountains too.
Here is what it looks like when you first drive in.
It is a little turn-off on a gorgeous mountain road. Everything is dry because it is the middle of summer in Arizona.
So you park up near the gap in the guard-rail and you can walk in through it and up to the lamellar deposits. I think they are shale, but they are soft and you can break them with fingers or a plastic hammer. Sometimes you get clumps that look like a tiny pile of stone leaves ... it is trippy. But I digress.
After you pass through the gap, you (like math-girl) must walk up to the gate, and go through it.
Then you walk up the path to the hill.
Now I think it would be neat to see if one could look at the non-planar layers of mud that make this up and estimate timing of seasons from the seas where these tiny stone shells in layer after layer after layer on the top of high mountains.... must not digress.
I wonder if there are microfossils to be found in this, plankton, or krill (whatever they are) or such.....
We did get to splash in the creek, but I didn't get any pictures.