Drills 2:06  0.16 mi (13:09 / mi)
A round of drills in the parking lot, waiting for Tom to ready his brand-new day pack for the hike!
Hiking 1:16:22  2.83 mi (26:59 / mi) +742m 14:52 / mi
Mt. Elden hike with Tom!
The trail started just across the highway from the Flagstaff Mall. So very proximate to town... And the highway noises most of the way up were probably the only downside.
A great and well-maintained trail, neat lava rocky stuff and closer to the top, snow! The final 0.2 miles were slippy, but luckily not post-holey. Summit at 9,301 ft and could easily see Humphries Peak, all of Flagstaff and both the forest and desert beyond.
Also neat: alligator juniper. Notably gnarly trees with scaly-looking bark. They are hearty things, most look like they'd survived a fire or two.. Despite the promise of a few varieties of cactus, we only saw two. An aloe-plant shaped thing and a prickly-pear looking thing.
Running 32:16  3.65 mi (8:50 / mi) +136m 7:55 / mi
And a bit of a run afterwards, discovered a route that is nearly all trail and doesn't immediately climb all the way up Mars Hill. Win!