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2009-08-03
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Northeast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking Aug 03 2009
Darth Stiller
Hiking5.20 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.95 mph
345 ft AEG
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Onyx Bridge
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wallyfrack
After hiking over 32 miles and 5000' vertical the previous two days, Wally and I slept in until 6am before driving over 100 miles to the Petrified Forest to find the Onyx Bridge. This hike turned out to be a perfect topper for the extended weekend of hiking, not being too hard to do and having remarkable scenery.

The trail starts right behind the Painted Desert Inn Museum and drop a good 200' or more to the desert floor below. Once there, it's a matter of following the various washes and drainages to the Onyx Bridge, which is an ancient petrified trees that has fallen over a wash. Without having my GPS that told us exactly where the Onyx Bridge is, I can't imagine that we would have found it. The area is mostly flat and the best to get there seems to follow the various washes that will lead right up to it, if you know which general direction to go. The amount of petrified wood is amazing, and the colors and layers of sand and dirt there are amazing. We spotted another downed petrified tree very close to the Onyx Bridge (SW of it) on top of a hill that was also quite interesting.

On our way back, Wally and I split up as I started to follow my GPS track of our way out, only to decide to take a more beeline approach, while Wally drifted to the west. I ended up too far east and has to make my way over a hill, which I didn't mind at all since it gave me more scenery to photograph. After we finished, we met up rally_toad for a bit to say hi before we made our way back home. This turned out to be a very decent weekend of hiking, and the next best option to celebrate my 40th birthday while my family is still on extended vacation in Serbia.
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