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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2010
johnlp
Hiking21.00 Miles 6,200 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   9 Hrs   3 Mns   2.32 mph
6,200 ft AEG
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South Kaibab - North Kaibab. Last minute plan to do this hike before the weather gets hot, and to guage the possibility of a R-R-R. Got dropped off at the S Kaibab trailhead early in the AM by Grandpa and my daughter who would later pick me up at the N Kaibab trailhead - two hours late after they waited for me at the wrong trailhead. Kept an deliberate pace going down the S Kaibab to conserve energy for the ascent later. Met up with and hiked a while with Shi and two companions down the last part of the S Kaibab to Phantom Ranch. Hope they fared well as they completed their hikes. Nice meeting you all. Picked up the pace a bit going up Cottonwood Creek on the N Kaibab trail. Very beautiful area with a slight uphill grade as the trail follows the creek through amazing steep canyon walls. The trail started getting steeper once it leaves the creek heading towards Roaring Springs. I was keeping a decent pace until the last couple miles when the altitude started kicking my arse. Had to stop and rest a few times, feeling sick. The last half mile isn't very steep but seemed to take forever. Felt better after a little nap and getting down to lower elevation. We then drove to Page stopping at the Marble Canyon Overlook from Navajo Bridge on the way. We were lucky enough to see 7 condors! Saturday morning I/we checked out three short hikes in the Page area before we drove home. Awesome trip!
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