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The Toes of Kayenta, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,640 feet
Elevation Gain 480 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.75
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40  2012-08-05 Jim_H
14  2011-11-06 Jim_H
Author Jim_H
author avatar Guides 55
Routes 44
Photos 7,651
Trips 1,615 map ( 9,681 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Reservation Navajo Nation
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End of the Comb Monocline
by Jim_H

The Toes, as they are locally known, are the furthest southwest extension of the Comb Ridge, or Comb Monocline. They sit above old town Kayenta off of US 163 and behind the Wetherill Inn, Kayenta Elementary School, and the Indian Health Service Housing. Views are pretty good, and to the south is Kayenta, Black Mesa and a vast plain, known as at the Chinle Valley, which stretches well beyond the visible Corrizo and Chuska Mountains. This plain extends south of Canyon De Chelly, the Defiance Uplift, Interstate 40, and goes all the way to the White Mountains, if you care to know, but you'll never see that far away. Skeleton Mesa Dominates the western view, and between Skeleton and Black Mesa is Marsh Pass. To the north is Laguna Creek and a basin with sedimentary layers you'll encounter commonly around Mexican Hat, UT. Monument Valley is only slightly visible. On a good day, you can see higher terrain in Utah and Colorado, as well.


One really nice thing about this area, is even though it is on the Navajo Reservation, it's open to the public as recreation area for the IHS staff, so you don't need to concern yourself with a Navajo Recreation Permit, if you normally would do such things. The hook is that due to the parking being on IHS grounds and the gate being opened and closed daily by the Clinic Security, you'll want to be out before dark, and it may be best to check in with the Clinic Security to find out when they plan to lock the gate that particular day. I have been told it is open everyday, but during daylight hours only. Still, it wouldn't be hard to jump over the fence if locked out. Because this hike requires no permits, it may be perfect for someone passing through the area or visiting Monument Valley and looking for something to do before or after their visit.

The hike has a trail for only a very short part. Mostly, this is slick rock and rough rock off trail exploration. You can make what you want of your trip and go where you want to for the best views. You might want to budget at least 2 hours to explore and take your time. From the clinic and the parking area, there is an obvious rounded summit. This does not appear to be accessible just by hiking, and it is not the true summit of The Toes. The true summit, is 4 feet higher than this rounded summit and is over some smaller hills to the west. It sticks out a little into Laguna Creek, forming an overlook down into the drainage. A second accessible summit like area, only 42 feet lower than the true summit, is just to the east, and the rounded mound of rock mentioned earlier is to the east of that. There is a large tank that appears to be natural in the center of the area, and numerous hills and portions of ridge to explore.

Your trip will depend on what you do and where you go. The description Stat reflect a straight shot to the true summit and back, with no other exploration. Record appropriately and return to your car parked at the gate.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2011-11-06 Jim_H
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    The Toes of Kayenta
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    I basically started a the Toes, and went as far west as the abandoned farming area out by Laguna Creek. Nothing but weeds, a number of cows, and a few old sad Apricot Trees with no fruit. BTW, the Apricots trees I have eaten fruit from in people yards are the best Apricots I have ever had. Warm, soft, super sweet, and red to orange, not pale yellow. I came back on the canal road, and then in a wash to the TH. I added in a couple hundred feet, as I easily gain that on my hike out, and estimated 7 miles. I think that may be accurate. I posted a lot of pics for a few reasons, but mostly because this represents the are very well and it was a nice day.
    The Toes of Kayenta
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    I was going to go and do Pt 6919, but I had to turn around because the access road was all mud. I almost slid off the road into the ditch. So, I went and did this instead. I arrived shortly before sunset and went to the lower highpoint overlooking the creek. It was cold, the views of Black Mesa covered in snow were nice, and I have to work for the next 5 days, so I went over to the real high point. I hiked back in the dark. This appears it is the only accessible hike in the area during a snowy winter. The dirt roads are mud, snow covers the higher terrain, and even this area had snow on the north faces, but it was still hikable.
    The Toes of Kayenta
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    I had to get out of the house and do something and with the nasty fog and low clouds, this was all I could think of. It was late, so I parked at the nearby school and went through their gate to access the area. Good thing I got back when I did, because the security patrol was getting ready to lock the entire place down. I guess crime here is ridiculous. Anyway, I crossed the low area and went up the ramp with the big "K" painted on it. Down a small gully and back up to the top of the high point between the meadow area and the pond. More or less back as I came.
    The Toes of Kayenta
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    Cold and nasty, but I set out to explore the Toes. It's an interesting area, and it is nice that it is close-by and easy to get to. I started out trying to reach the top of the rounded rock, but gave up on that when I could see no clear way to the summit. I Crossed a low grassy area and headed west to see what was over the hill. I ended up at a nice overlook that is just east of the highpoint. From up top I could hear Laguna Creek down below. I had limited time, so I started back. I estimate 2.5 miles, and added in an extra hundred feet since I ended up going up and down several times.

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    From US 160 and US 163 in Kayenta, head north on US 163. After the traffic light in front off the Best Western/ Wetherill Inn, turn north onto a road with a sign for a NAPA auto parts store. Pass the NAPA and continue north to the 4 way stop sign. Proceed thru, and you are now entering the IHS housing area and the remains of the old (soon to be demolished) BIA Boarding School. Go over the cattle grate after the stop sign and take the first left, proceed on this road and the it will curve to the north and enter the older trailer section of IHS housing. Park in the area at the square dead-end. Go through the gate and hike on the well defined trail towards The Toes. This gate is the Toes Gate. It is opened and closed daily by the Facility Security, so you may wish to check in at the Clinic to see when it will close. Generally, is it open during daylight hours.
    page created by Jim_H on Nov 06 2011 7:13 pm
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