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Coconino Rim - AZT #36, AZ

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Distance One Way 18.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,643 feet
Elevation Gain 910 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,825 feet
Avg Time One Way 8 hours
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AZT: Mormon Lake to Utah
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Hiking along a Historic Moqui Stage Coach
by desertgirl

Likely In-Season!
ATA Overview: This passage begins east of the Moqui Stage Station. There is a short connector trail between the station and trail #101 which is the route of the Arizona Trail. From here the trail heads north, crosses FR 313, and follows Russell Wash. It passes through a gate and then Anderson Tank is on the right. There is another gate and then the trail crosses FR 320. The trail curves to the northwest, then north, then west and then back to the north. There is a gate and then the Russell Tank Trailhead, Russell Tank and then two more gates in close succession. Still following Russell Wash the trail crosses FR 310 (Coconino Rim Road) and then another gate. It comes up on the edge of the rim and turns to the west, following the rim. There is a bike bypass to the left with the main route going right, down through a drainage. Continuing along the edge of the rim the trail crosses a peninsula of the rim and then leaves the rim and parallels FR 310. It crosses FR 307 and then joins an interpretive loop trail that leads to the Grandview Lookout Tower.


Southern Trailhead: Moqui Stage Station - FR 301

Northern Trailhead: Grandview Point - Grandview Lookout

desertgirl Overview: The Coconino Rim segment trends southeast from a trailhead at Grandview Lookout Tower to a crossing of Forest Road 310. The 80ft - Grandview Lookout Tower is a fire lookout tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. It is worth a climb up the tower for some great views over tree tops to the rim of the Grand Canyon & Coconino Rim. The Russell Wash segment begins at FR 310 and heads south to the Moqui Stage Station. 3rd segment parallels FR 301 from Moqui Stage Station to the southern Forest boundary. The road is part of the stagecoach route that operated between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon from 1892 to 1901. The trail parallels the road along this historic route. The northern segments of trail pass through ponderosa pine and gambel oak stands. Further south the trail opens to pinyon-juniper, sage, and grassland vegetation as the elevation drops.

Coconino Rim Segment-Grandview Lookout to crossing of FR 310, 10.3 miles: The trail heads east/southeast from the tower. The beginning of the trail traverses through ponderosa pine and Gambel oak forest with very little elevation change. It has an interpretive loop that describes mistletoe and its effects on ponderosa pine forests. The trail crosses FR 307 . Further along at ~ 3 miles from the trailhead there is a great overlook of the Upper Basin, the Coconino Rim, and the Painted Desert. From here the trail winds closer to the Rim, offering more vistas to the north. A short, but steep series of switchbacks begins 7.3 miles from Grandview Lookout Tower TH as the trail crosses a steep drainage. This is the only notable section of any abrupt elevation change on the entire section. There is a bike bypass right before dropping into this drainage, At 10.3 miles the trail meets FR 310. At this point, you are 6.8 miles from Grandview LO via FR 310. The forests looks healthy with mature stands of cinnamon bark ponderosas with open understory with meadows and flowers. This is a very different look that what we are typically used to seeing -- with young growth clustering under the tall pines. The soil/vegetation shows signs of smaller fires in the recent past. This open forest continues along the next segment as well but you see more evidence off logging activity in the past and some logging roads slowly being claimed back by nature. All in all -- you are left with a feeling of walking through some healthy forests.

Russell Wash Segment-FR 310 to Moqui Stage Station, 8.7 miles: This trail begins at FR 310, 6.8 miles southeast from Grandview LO. It heads south, gradually descending a drainage, 1.7 miles to Russell Tank. You pass through a couple of gates and get to Russell Tank TH then and onto Russell Tank. Russell Tank which is the best opportunity for finding natural water on the trail. Water should be treated and/or filtered before drinking. The trail cross another gate as it exits Russell tank area. From the tank the trail winds south and east, eventually rejoining Russell Wash. Just before crossing FR 320 you run into Russell Water tank & a cattle trough. The trail crosses FR 320 3.1 miles from Russell Tank, and continues south another 3.1 miles to FR 313. You cross into a gated area here and pass Anderson Tank and then exit through another gate. This part of the trail passes through cattle country. Up until this time we were walking along in perfect quiet but the last 2 miles were punctuated by bellowing bulls and mooing cows and calves. Interestingly, we ended up herding about 25 heads along the last 2 miles. Oak and pine forest has now changed to open grassland and semi-arid desert with juniper and sage. About 1/2 mile from Moqui stage station, the trail ascends a small ridge, crosses under a power line, then descends to Moqui Stage Station area. A quick 1/4 mile side track takes to the Stage station. Today, the Stage Station is just ruins of what looks to be a building ( just a pile of rocks of what used to be the chimney & some long pinion logs) and a water cistern and a plethora of rusting tin cans mark the site. Along FR 301 there is an interpretive sign that tells the story of the site.

Throughout this passage the trail is well marked with location signs & wooden posts with AZ trail logo on them. The trail is well laid out and easy to follow.

Moqui Stage Station to the Kaibab NF-CO Bar Ranch boundary, 5 miles: From the Stage Station the trail heads southeast through semi-arid grassland with pinyon-juniper and sage paralleling FR 301 to the Bar Ranch boundary. The trail then leaves the Kaibab National Forest.

Water: There may be no water sources along these segments for several months. Russell Tank, the most likely supply, is a very important water source for wildlife and livestock. By law, camping is not permitted within 1/4 mile of stock tanks, trick tanks, ponds, or springs. This area has a lot of livestock. All water sources should be considered unsafe for human use unless properly treated.

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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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2009-07-14 desertgirl

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    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    I planned to hike south on section #36 for about 4 hours and then back. I was tired from not sleeping the night before, and after 3 & 1/2 miles on the trail I became bored and irritated at hiking in forest with nothing going on. The best views were from the tower, with things becoming less impressive as I went south, and viewed from the whopping 2 locations which offered views. The Canyon was literally just to the north, so I left the trail and cut across the scenic but boring forest to the forest road and took that back to my car. Napped a bit after lunch, and then visited Moran Point, Lipan Point, and Desert View, before heading west to the village to dine at the Arizona Room; 12 oz Prime Rib was very enjoyable.

    This ended up being a pretty good time, and I learned that the AZT is as interesting to me as Instagram. Well, my preexisting belief was confirmed.
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    AZT: Mormon Lake to Utah
    I'm not even sure how to approach a trip log of this magnitude, so I'll try to keep it short and focus on the highlights/lowlights.

    The hike took place between May 31st and June 16th. We had 2 zero days (one in Flagstaff, one in Tusayan), and one "nero" out of Tusayan. We averaged 25 - 30 miles a day, except for in the Grand Canyon. This trip started out with a few hiccups (feet, gear, fires, heat...) but after Tusayan we had the kinks worked out and I felt like a well oiled long distance hiking machine.

    Hightlights

    Humphrey's Summit Side Trip
    We decided to include a side trip to Humphrey's Peak. It was a great way to escape the hottest part of the first weekend and let things cool down below 9000ft, even if the summit was swarming with gnats and people. :) On the way back down, I met @joebartels and @the_eagle. Very cool! Nice to have met you both!

    Grand Canyon
    The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim was AMAZING. The scenery had my jaw on the ground nearly the entire time! I was extremely nervous about doing this passage in June and thought it was nearly impossible to score walk-in permits, but the stars aligned and we had no issues grabbing permits for both campgrounds.

    We did it over 3 days to beat the heat, camping at Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, moving only between the hours of 5am - 9am. Soaking in Bright Angel Creek made the heat tolerable, and it was a nice change of pace compared to the 25 - 30 mile days we were doing above the rims.

    One of the rangers issuing the permits gave us some dire warnings about "130 degrees in the sun", and how "nobody has fun down there this time of year." I even asked him about soaking in the creek to ward off the heat and he made it sound like it was only mildly effective. Contrary to what he said, it probably never got above 105 in the sun and sitting in the creek was actually extremely relaxing.

    We took the short side trip to Ribbon Falls and it was totally worth it. What a neat little oasis in the canyon! We saw a beaver in the creek between Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, I never expected to see that.

    The climb out of the Canyon from Cottonwood to the North Rim was well graded, and we topped out in about 2 hours 45 mins.

    There is definitely a lot more Grand Canyon hiking in my future come fall/winter/spring.

    North Rim + Kaibab Plateau
    It was so nice to get a break from the hot temperatures when we topped out on the North Rim. They didn't last for long, though. As soon as we were back down around 7000 ft it was getting warm again.

    The aspen and fir lined meadows were also a nice change of scenery. Easy going, dreamy hiking. It was also cool starting the day at Cottonwood and within a few hours being in a drastically different environment.

    We ran out of food just before highway 89A, so we went in to Jacob Lake for a small resupply and also had a great breakfast at the restaurant. We probably had less than 2000 calories per day from the North Rim to Jacob Lake, needless to say the hiker hunger was strong when we reached Jacob Lake.

    Finishing the AZT
    Damn did it feel good. :)


    Lowlights

    Feet Issues
    On day one I had a nasty blister form on the bottom of my foot due to AZ rocks tearing up the tread on my one month old Altra shoes. When we reached Flagstaff I initially tried to remedy the problem by buying thicker insoles (SuperFeet) for my shoes and taping up my foot with climbing tape. I was apprehensive about getting new shoes because I've always had issues with breaking in new shoes, even trail runners. The tape and thicker insoles worked for about half of a day. I think the tape actually might have made matters worse. I decided the next day after leaving Flag to hitch back into town from Snowbowl Rd in order to pop the blister and let it heal with a zero day. We got a ride by the first vehicle that I thumbed!

    Popping the blister and staying off of it for a day helped, but after our Humphrey Summit and a couple more days of hiking the blister was back with a vengeance by the time we reached the Babbit Ranch passage. I was very nervous about going forward from Babbit Ranch because it would mean committing to about 60 miles before any relief in Tusayan. I nearly walked out to the highway from the TH and called for pickup. But after sleeping on it, I sucked it up and continued. Eventually, after hiking on it for another 40 miles, it stopped hurting so much.

    When we reached Tusayan I decided to bite the bullet and take a shuttle back to Flagstaff to get some new shoes. I bought some Brooks Cascadia 11's, swapped out the insoles with the SuperFeet I bought, and never had a single foot issue the rest of the trip. :)

    Gear Issues
    Sleeping pad got punctured and I lost my sunglasses the very first night. These items were replaced on the first visit to REI in Flag. Somewhere along the way, the "stay bar" in my backpack ripped through the bottom of my pack again and went missing.

    Fires
    The nearby fires on the rim made the miles into Flagstaff smokey. It was particularly bad on the second day when we woke up at the Horse Mesa Trailhead with thick smoke to hike through til Marshall Lake. Those were some lightheaded, oxygen deprived miles.

    Heat
    When I planned this trip, I expected the highs to be in the high 70s to low 80s, actual highs were in the high 80s to low 90s for the entire trip, expect for the North Rim and Kaibab Plateau South & Central passages. As expected, it reached low triple digits in the Grand Canyon. We combated the heat by taking a long 2 hour break during the hottest part of the day under a cedar or pine. If there was a good enough breeze, usually we could still hike in the heat. We were also consuming up to 2 gallons of water a day.

    Final AZT Thoughts

    In my opinion, the Grand Canyon takes the cake for the most scenic passage of the trail. That being said, I believe that below the Mogollon Rim the AZT is way more scenic per-mile than on top of the plateau. It's easy to keep motivated below the Rim when you're getting drowned in gorgeous wide open views in every direction, and hard to keep motivated above the Rim when all you're seeing most of the day is the next ponderosa or ceder 10 yards ahead of you. Just my opinion, though.

    AZ rocks with eat up your shoes.

    If I was to ever attempt a thru-hike of the trail, I would most likely start in the early fall and head south. The terminus in Utah isn't a terrible place to end, but Miller Peak and Mexico would have been a much grander ending.
    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    Perfect weather for a walk in the Pines with the Funky Bunch, +1 (Funky Junior...aka Frick)

    A gentle rolling trail for the first half or so, and just a few areas that got you breathing a bit deeper. It was peaceful and calm enough, to filter out even the un-Taciturn one.

    Whoever Russell was, he seems to have his name all over the tanks and landmarks out there.

    At about the 9 mile mark, you finally get your first views of the Coconino Rim, and are afforded some spectacular views. Better yet, stop by the AZ Fire-tower with the absolute best views. Both South and North views can be seen in all their splendor. Chris has quite the perch.

    Hiking was not enough today, so we embarked on an excellent driving adventure as a short cut home. After 39 miles and 2 hours 37 minutes, we found our way right back to where we'd started, and followed the "Big Brown Signs" to the pavement.

    As reported by the others... Lots-o-Elk, a couple of deer, and 2 Prong Horn Antelope were seen on our journeys.... Not to mention the numerous Prairie Dogs on our "Side Adventure".

    A big thanks to Funky Junior for driving! As always, a fun time with the crew.
    (Although, there were a few times that not everyone was having fun)
    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    Nice easy 18-mile stroll. Ponderosas were beautiful, smelled great and sounded great in the wind. Despite my hunch that this was going to be the first segment I couldn't find a cactus, I was pleasantly surprised to find two very small prickly pear at one of the lower elevation spots on the trip.

    Great day out with the AZT crew. I think we have roped Nick into joining us on these now, despite the fact he has a little catching up to do! Four Loko is now Cinko Loko I guess :DANCE:

    Hike ended with a view from the Grandview Tower, thanks to the young intern who let us in to see his setup. We were able to see views of Red Butte, Humphreys and Kendrick, and Bill Williams. We also were able to see some sweet canyon views.

    Great wildlife views, though mostly from our driving adventures. Saw about 2 dozen elk, one pack of 5 females and another with 7. Saw my first two antelope, which was a real treat...wow they are quick.

    A short-cut out of the area back to US180 that we thought would save us 30 minutes' drive actually ended up costing us 4 hours more, as the forest service road put us onto the Navajo Nation, where the roads did whatever they pleased, regardless of our GPS maps for where they were supposed to go. After following one after another and roads getting worse and worse, we finally raised the white flag and headed all the way back that we came from. ](*,) Chalk it up to a learning experience ... "forest service roads good, Navajo roads BAD." We finished our hike at 3:30pm to start the drive home, and I finally got home around midnight. Thanks to Denny for getting me home, and tolerating me :zzz: on you by accident for a little bit there!
    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    met up with the guys in a galaxy far far away to hike AZT segment 36. While this isn't a spectacular segment, it is a long hike through the woods in an awesome pine forest. this kind of stuff wins me over every time and we had perfect weather too, so what's not to love?

    early on there were magnificent views of the snowy san francisco peaks before the forest closed in. later on we took in some sweeping views over the coconino rim. ended up with fabulous view from the Grandview tower. along the way it was just awesome weather and sweet forest..and i enjoyed every minute of it.

    things got interesting afterwards...real interesting :doh:

    thanks to the eagle for letting me crash friday night. in retrospect, i'm even more glad i took you up on it: woke up at 3am for the hike saturday and hit my pillow back in tucson 2am sunday after about 13 hours behind the wheel and almost 7 hours hiking... :zzz:
    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    8:20am Begin
    10:36am to 10:50am Russell Tank Break
    11:52am to 12:23pm Lunch
    2:53pm End

    Nice forest hike. Nothing to write home about just a relaxing stroll. Once again I learned a new area. Forested throughout, exceeding my low expectations. Only small portions burned. North Rim views at one point are sweet. No trail maintenance issues. Russell Tank had plenty of water yet looked like it could hold much more too. The fire lookout at the northern trailhead offers excellent views.

    Our hike in a nutshell...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyd_OO9lKgA

    The adventure didn't begin until the drive home. Not sure how it all started. Somehow we found ourselves weaving through mazes of virgin pastures. Looking at our track once home we were headed for the lava fields...lol Almost made it to SP Crater in a Ford Focus. I've never been so exhausted for such an easy hike. Apparently traveling all day drains me more than hiking.

    Did not see many wildflowers blooming. Virtually millions of baby lupines that should put on a show in the future.

    For this hike I slept a near record five hours the night before the hike. This was to help alleviate a repeat of last weeks mummy dance where Bruce whined of my whining (which was annoying). So today he whined about me being too peppy...lol
    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    Coconino Rim - AZT #36 North
    AZT Segment #36 north end. I only hiked the Coconino Rim Trail portion of this segment which continues on when you cross to the south side of FR 310 headed toward Russell Wash and Moqui Station. However, Beckett and I did shuttle the vehicles of desertgirl and sredfield to Moqui Station.

    Beckett and I arrived Friday afternoon so we decided to climb the Grandview Lookout Tower and spoke with the watch person, Kathy. Not much was smokin' except a prescribed burn. I did take some photos of Kendrick's Peak since that's where a good many of you would be the next day. Looking east from the tower you can see the peaks to the northeast of Humphreys (Kathy couldn't remember the name), Humphreys, Kendrick, Williams and Sitgreaves mountain(s).

    Since we had such great cell phone reception Beckett called desertgirl to verify the camping spot which we reserved by putting up a tent (I called the Tower the phone booth as Beckett made several calls from there). Anyway we had the perfect camping spot; mostly because the ladies room was only a tenth of a mile away and even had tp. :D

    Since we had time to kill before the others arrived, we took some side trips including a drive to Hull Cabin (originally part of Hull Ranch & built around 1884 - was also used as a ranger station for 33 yrs), that Kathy had mentioned, which was only a couple miles on FR 307 just to the east of the tower and down part ways from the plateau. Apparently the Forest Service is fixing the Hull Cabin and another bunkhouse up to be used for rentals. There is also a nice sized barn there too.

    After that we headed to Desert View on the east side of the Canyon where we looked around and climbed the Watch Tower. We really got some nice pictures as we got a "nickfraley" sky. They had a nice store there too with various amenities including a wine cooler to go with dinner. We stopped at two more scenic viewpoints (Lipan and Moran) before going back and setting up camp including a campfire; and we built a good one too as it lit perfectly on the first try. :bigth: Of course, we had great kindling and various pieces of wood to work with and a fire ring already set up.

    Saturday, the four of us started from the Grandview Lookout and headed on the Coconino Rim Trail at around 7:06 am. The terrain through the Kaibab Forest was mostly flat with some ups and downs and one pretty good sized hill/mtn to climb. You get a few glimpses of the canyon along the way but it's mostly stands of ponderosa. We did get rained on strongly for about 15 minutes. I got soaked. Needless to say, my next investment is an umbrella. This was mine and Beckett's longest hike (that's 10.3 miles not the 9.4 we THOT we were doing) so we were pretty pleased with ourselves. :DANCE:

    After our hike we went to the Bright Angel area and had a hardy lunch and then walked around. We got to see a couple condors flying about and hopefully I got some decent pics. Later that evening we went to Grandview Point to catch a sunset. Upon our drive back to camp, though it was dark, we did get to see a dozen deer cross the road. Otherwise, we only saw a bunch of elk and cougar road signs :roll: . However, desertgirl saw quite a few elk on her journey.

    The sleeping weather was near perfect which means that when I stuck my feet out of the tent at 5:15am, they didn't demand to come right back in. Yep, I like that car camping a lot... so many amenities.

    Thanks to my hiking companions for showing me a great time in, on and around the AZT!!!! LIFE IS GOOD... oh, except for a little blister on the side of my foot... I didn't say "Life is Perfect" :D
    Coconino Rim - AZT #36
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    Did this segement as 2 day hikes --
    Day 1 Grandview - FR310 10.3 miles
    Day 2 FR310 - Moqui Stage Stop - 8.7 miles

    This hike is delightfully flat and easy that can be easily done as a 1 day hike. There's water at Rusell tank and few other cattle ponds -- take your own.

    Detailed Trip Description:

    Difficulty: 1     Route Finding: 1
     Distance One Way 19 Miles
     Trailhead Elevation 7490 ft
     Elevation Gain 967ft
     Av Time One Way 4-6 hrs
    Season: Spring - Mid Fall

    Directions
    To Grand View Lookout Tower:
    From Tusayan: Turn right on FR302 (0.8 miles pas Grand Canyon Airport Entrance). Follow signs along this road for approximately 16 miles to Grand View Lookout Tower
    From Grand Canyon South Entrance: From Entrance Station, drive north 4 miles to a right turn on AZ64. Drive east on AZ64 approximately 8.7 miles where you will see a left turn sign for Grandview point. Continue driving on AZ64 for 2 miles. Turn right on a gravel road. Drive 0.5 miles on this road to Grand Canyon National Forest boundary. There is an old cabin at this point. Continue on this road FR310 for 0.8 miles to GrandView Lookout Tower
    To Moqui Stage Station (on FR 301):
    From AZ64 ( Near Red Butte): Take FR 320 to Bucklar ~ 16 miles & then take FR301 to Moqui Stage Stop.

    The Coconino Rim segment trends southeast from a trailhead at Grandview Lookout Tower to a crossing of Forest Road 310. The 80ft - Grandview Lookout Tower is a fire lookout tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. It is worth a climb up the tower for some great views over tree tops to the rim of the Grand Canyon & Coconino Rim. The Russell Wash segment begins at FR 310 and heads south to the Moqui Stage Station. 3rd segment parallels FR 301 from Moqui Stage Station to the southern Forest boundary. The road is part of the stagecoach route that operated between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon from 1892 to 1901. The trail parallels the road along this historic route. The northern segments of trail pass through ponderosa pine and gambel oak stands. Further south the trail opens to pinyon-juniper, sage, and grassland vegetation as the elevation drops.
    Coconino Rim Segment-Grandview Lookout to crossing of FR 310, 10.3 miles. The trail heads east/southeast from the tower. The beginning of the trail traverses through ponderosa pine and Gambel oak forest with very little elevation change. It has an interpretive loop that describes mistletoe and its effects on ponderosa pine forests. The trail crosses FR 307 . Further along at ~ 3 miles from the trailhead there is a great overlook of the Upper Basin, the Coconino Rim, and the Painted Desert. From here the trail winds closer to the Rim, offering more vistas to the north. A short, but steep series of switch backs begins 7.3 miles from Grandview Lookout Tower TH as the trail crosses a steep drainage. This is the only notable section of any abrupt elevation change on the entire section. There is a bike bypass right before dropping into this drainage, At 10.3 miles the trail meets FR 310. At this point, you are 6.8 miles from Grandview LO via FR 310. The forests looks healthy with mature stands of cinnamon bark ponderosas with open understory with meadows and flowers. This is a very different look that what we are typically used to seeing -- with young growth clustering under the tall pines. The soil/vegetation shows signs of smaller fires in the recent past. This open forest continues along the next segment as well but you see more evidence off logging activity in the past and some logging roads slowly being claimed back by nature. All in all -- you are left with a feeling of walking thorough some healthy forests.
    Russell Wash Segment-FR 310 to Moqui Stage Station, 8.7 miles. This trail begins at FR 310, 6.8 miles southeast from Grandview LO. It heads south, gradually descending a drainage, 1.7 miles to Russell Tank. You pass through a couple of gates and get to Russell Tank TH then and onto Russell Tank. Russell Tank which is the best opportunity for finding natural water on the trail.  Water should be treated and/or filtered before drinking. The trail cross another gate as it exits Russell tank area. From the tank the trail winds south and east, eventually rejoining Russell Wash. Just before crossing FR 320 you run into Russell Water tank & a cattle trough. The trail crosses FR 320 3.1 miles from Russell Tank, and continues south another 3.1 miles to FR 313. You cross into a gated area here and pass Anderson Tank and then exit through another gate. This part of the trail passes through cattle country. Up until this time we were walking along in perfect quite but the last 2 miles were punctuated by bellowing bulls and mooing cows and calves. Interestingly, we ended up herding about 25 heads along the last 2 miles. Oak and pine forest has now changed to open grassland and semi-arid desert with juniper and sage. About 1/2 mile from Moqui stage station, the trail ascends a small ridge, crosses under a power line, then descends to Moqui Stage Station area. A quick 1/4 mile side track takes to the Stage station. Today, the Stage Station is just ruins of what looks to be a building ( just a pile of rocks of what used to be the chimney & some long pinion logs) and a water cistern and a plethora of rusting tin cans mark the site. Along FR 301 there is an interpretive sign that tells the story of the site.
    Throughout this passage the trail is well marked with location signs & wooden posts with AZ trail logo on them. The trail is well laid out and easy to follow.
    Water: There may be no water sources along these segments for several months. Russell Tank, the most likely supply, is a very important water source for wildlife and livestock. By law, camping is not permitted within 1/4 mile of stock tanks, trick tanks, ponds, or springs. This area has a lot of livestock. All water sources should be considered unsafe for human use unless properly treated.

    Moqui Stage Station to the Kaibab NF-CO Bar Ranch boundary, 5 miles. From the Stage Station the trail heads southeast through semi-arid grassland with pinyon-juniper and sage paralleling FR 301 to the Bar Ranch boundary. The trail then leaves the Kaibab National Forest.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    To Grand View Lookout Tower:
    From Tusayan: Turn right on FR302 (0.8 miles pas Grand Canyon Airport Entrance). Follow signs along this road for approximately 16 miles to Grand View Lookout Tower
    From Grand Canyon South Entrance: From Entrance Station, drive north 4 miles to a right turn on AZ64. Drive east on AZ64 approximately 8.7 miles where you will see a left turn sign for Grandview point. Continue driving on AZ64 for 2 miles. Turn right on a gravel road. Drive 0.5 miles on this road to Grand Canyon National Forest boundary. There is an old cabin at this point. Continue on this road FR310 for 0.8 miles to GrandView Lookout Tower

    To Moqui Stage Station (on FR 301): From AZ64 ( Near Red Butte): Take FR 320 to Bucklar ~ 16 miles & then take FR301 to Moqui Stage Stop.
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