Was Arizona author Stephenie Meyer influenced by a view like this in Flagstaff, Arizona? When looking at this photo, it’s very easy to imagine Edward and Bella in the tree tops from scenes in the movie that started it all, Twilight. Authors are definitely inspired by places they visit and later use such images and experiences while creating stories.
Other areas that may bring Twilight to mind are bountiful in Flagstaff, and a weekend trip to the area for a picnic and hike on Mormon Mountain Trail #58, can certainly bring the story to life. You probably won’t meet any vampires, however there will be plenty of other interesting sights.
This trail to the top of 8,449 foot Mormon Mountain climbs gradually through a forest of ponderosa pine, mixed conifers, and aspen. At a number of places along the route openings in the forest canopy, provide long distance views of Mormon Lake and the grassy flats and forest-covered hills that surround it.
The trail begins at the rear of the group-camp area of Dairy Springs Campground, which is located just west of the road that borders Mormon Lake’s eastern shore. For a short distance after leaving the trailhead, Mormon Mountain Trail shares the path with the self-guided nature trail that skirts the campground. The mountain trail then branches off on its own to complete the 1,500 foot climb. As the trail nears the top of Mormon Mountain it joins a primitive road (FR 648) which leads to the summit and good views of Mormon Lake and the San Francisco Peaks.
Length: 3 miles
Season: April to late November
Notes: No motorized vehicles. Mormon Lake often dries up (to become “Mormon Meadow”) during drought conditions!
USGS Maps: Mormon Lake, Mormon Mtn.
Location: About 24 miles southeast of Flagstaff just north of Mormon Lake.
GPS: N34° 57′ 16.7034″, W-111° 29′ 16.836″
Access: Drive south 20 miles from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) to the Forest Road 90 intersection. Turn west on FR 90 and drive 3.5 miles to the Montezuma Lodge turnoff. Drive 0.6 miles to the trailhead. All roads are paved except the last 0.6 miles.
Be sure to reserve a copy of Meyer’s new book, a must have for all Twilight fans, scheduled for release on April 12, 2011 – The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer. The definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga is the only official guide and is full color throughout, including nearly 100 full-color illustrations and photographs. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide will be released in hardcover for $24.99 and also be available as an e-book.