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KP Rim Trail #315, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,061 feet
Elevation Gain 216 feet
Accumulated Gain 296 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.59
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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10  2020-07-19
Long Cienega Trail #305
5  2017-07-02
KP Rim Loop
71  2014-06-21
Blue Range Primitive Area
Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 24
Routes 303
Photos 8,749
Trips 824 map ( 8,998 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:51am - 6:46pm
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gentle on the knees and lungs
by friendofThundergod

The KP Rim Trail travels along the high north rim of the KP Creek drainage. The trail maintains an elevation of 9,000 feet, as it gently climbs a few hundred feet to its ending at the intersection with the Steeple Trail #73. The KP Rim Trail passes through an area that was severely damaged by the Wallow Fire, but the area is well into recovery and dense groves of young aspen and New Mexican Locust line the trail for the majority of the hike. There are some obvious breaks in the dense new forest where excellent views down into the KP drainage and across to Blue Peak can be had.

The Hike
Two trails leave the trailhead of the KP Rim Trail. Go straight and do not take the immediate right at the fence post where the trail begins. Apart from passing through some small open areas/meadows and the final portion near the Steeple Trail, this trail does not offer many big views. The majority of the trail passes through a dense green tunnel of new growth aspen and locust, so be sure to make a detour over to the rim when you can to check out the excellent views. The best views are from the clearings near the intersection with the Steeple Trail. The trail is gentle on the knees and lungs and only makes a few gentle climbs before reaching the Steeple Trail. One can turn around and return the way they came, or utilize the Steeple Trail for more ambitious itineraries.

At the time of this writing, the KP Rim Trail was recently cleared. The tread was good, and the path was wide. However, keep in mind that deadfall and fast-growing locust will be common problems on this trail, as the area continues to recover from the Wallow Fire. There are restrooms at the trailhead, but overnight camping is not permitted.

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2020-07-20 friendofThundergod

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    The trailhead for the North Fork/Rim Trail is located approximately 25 miles south of Alpine on US 191.
    page created by friendofThundergod on Jul 20 2020 9:50 am
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