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2011-04-30
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Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking Apr 30 2011
Tortoise Hiker
Hiking28.00 Miles 5,800 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
5,800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
I had planned this hike a couple months ago with Wally and a couple others.The couple others canceled and Bruce jumped on board. We weren't sure how hot it was going to be planning our hike this far out but had our fingers crossed that it would be bearable.The report changed daily and we wound up with 20's on top and 50-60's on the bottom.Sweeeet! We camped out Friday night(Brrrr) and caught the 5:00 shuttle Saturday morning.Wally used all his hiking expertise to set us a good pace but still have a little in the tank for the climb out.Of course there plenty of great views(your in the Grand Canyon),a moderate amount of flowers,and Wally pointed out a couple cool looking lizards.We were running on schedule when we got to Monument Creek so we checked out the COOL Spire and headed down to check out Granite Rapids.Very cool!There was water in Monument Creek above the Spire and it seems to resurface about an 1/8 mile before the the river.From there we headed back up to Tonto and over to Salt Creek for lunch.Lots more great views.There was water there also.After a relaxing lunch we were off and running(not really).Horn Creek had a smidge of water below Tonto.When we got to the junction with Plateau Point we decided we had time and energy to check it out.First time any of us had been there.Some nice 360 views and nice views of the river.From ther it was off to Indian Gardens to relax a little and psych ourselves up for the climb out.There wasn't as many people there as I expected and it was relaxing to sit in the shade for awhile.The climb out was in the shade most of the way(more great views) and we made pretty good time.The temps started to drop and with a sweaty shirt it did get a tad nippy as we topped out.GREAT WEATHER,GREAT COMPANY,and a GREEAAT TRIP!! Thanks Gentlemen!
Named placeIsis Temple
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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