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North Canyon Trail #4Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 26 2010
VVebb
Backpack5.80 Miles 2,616 AEG
Backpack5.80 Miles   5 Hrs      1.16 mph
2,616 ft AEG
 
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When I was planning this trip late last spring, I called the USFS office that manages the area for information. The ranger said that she hadn't been out there recently, and would actually be interested in me reporting back on the trail conditions. Before I wrote this hike description, a Google search for "north canyon trail kaibab" returned multiple websites with one-paragraph descriptions of the hike, many of which seemed to be copy-and-pasted from the USFS website. There was no detailed nor up-to-date information available anywhere on the internet. Between the time that I did the hike and the time that I got around to writing this description (7 months later), the AZGFD did a habitat-enhancement project on the creek to benefit the population of endangered Apache trout that lives there. (There is a news article regarding this project hyperlinked in the hike description.) I'm unsure whether they did any trail maintenance while they were in there. The article says they brought supplies in on horseback, so I'd be really curious to know whether they rode the horses down from the rim on the switchbacks, or up the canyon and through its dense foliage.

This hike is very remote and relaxing. It's the only place I've ever been where you can walk up to an endangered species in the wild and see it from 5-10 feet away. (However, I should mention that the little fishies are quick to notice humans and dart into their hiding places, so be sneaky as you approach the creek if you want to see one.) This hike isn't going to get five-star ratings because it doesn't have any outstanding landmarks (other than the endangered trout, some Indian rock art, and an elevated view of the Grand Canyon ~7-10 miles away), but it was definitely enjoyable.
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"The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom. Yet to camp out at all implies some measure of this delight."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 25, 1905
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