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2008-03-22
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Northeast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking Mar 22 2008
Randal Schulhauser
Hiking4.00 Miles 210 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
210 ft AEG
 
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Grand Falls - Navajo Nation

For starters, let's just say that Grand Falls are spectacular! I've always been hesitant to visit this site given some of the convoluted directions and scary road conditions. Buoyed by TODDAK's recent triplog Grand Falls - Navajo Nation

For starters, let's just say that Grand Falls are spectacular! I've always been hesitant to visit this site given some of the convoluted directions and scary road conditions. Buoyed by TODDAK's recent triplog http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.php?ID=4953&TNI=51, I can attest to the relatively "tame" driving conditions and route finding along either IR-6910 or IR-70. Minivans and even a Honda Civic successfully negotiated the washboard.

Mike Mattes and I drove up early Saturday morning in my F-150. We parked near the IR-6910 river crossing above the Falls and hiked along the riverbanks. We watched a couple of pick-ups negotiate the crossing without incident. We noticed some of the locals gathering driftwood logs, hoisting them into the beds of their pick-ups (wood carving material? Or fuel?).

We headed west along the southern banks of the swollen, muddy Little Colorado River. As we approached the lip of the Falls, you could hear the amplified ROAR! We soon scrambled up the volcanic cliffs and as we crested the pathway and scanned the parking lot - we were STUNNED! There were 25+ vehicles surrounding the Falls!

Not to worry, everyone was just enjoying the spectacular sights and perfect weather. We ambled down to the base of the Falls and must have lingered more than 3 hours. PERFECT...
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