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Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright Angel
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Tonto Trail: South Kaibab to Bright AngelNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2012
cactuscat
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   1.95 mph
3,800 ft AEG   2 Hrs   39 Mns Break
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Glorious day for a long hike in the Canyon, so I finally got to cross this one off my list.
Saw about a dozen groups of deer and elk on my way to the SK trailhead.
Only saw about a dozen hikers and two small groups of mule riders on the way down the SK. I passed two ladies a liitle ways before Skeleton Point, then met them again as I was finishing my break at the Point - one told me that they were admiring my "antelope-like gait" - I had to laugh, and told her "going downhill, maybe!" ... uphill is another story.
Took another short break at the Tipoff, then set off across the Tonto.
The Tonto Trail - or at least this short portion of it - is pure joy. And I didn't see another person on it.
Burro Spring had a small, dark trickle. Pipe Spring Creek was flowing a bit more, and much clearer ... caught a tiny Red-spotted Toad there.
It was pretty toasty in the sun along the Tonto - I wouldn't want to hike it when it was much warmer out!
The green trees and sound of the creek were very welcome as I approached Indian Gardens. Petted a frog. Had a long break, lunch, soaked feet in the creek, explored the day-use area, and went in the info center.
My pace up the BA was slower than normal - as expected with 10+ miles already behind me.
My stupid knee began to ache at two-mile switchback, and with about a mile to go, my muscles started to tighten up.
The temp had dropped considerably by 1.5 mile resthouse, and I was chilly the rest of the way.
Took me close to an hour to shuttle-bus my way back to the SK to pick up my car, and I cranked the heat on the drive home.
Went to Tusayan for food - burger and fries never tasted so good ... I could have eaten two of each! Came home and sat with a bag of frozen veggies on my knee while I drank a couple of beers ... life is grand! :D

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Didn't actually see the Spring, but the creek has a small flow.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pipe Creek Light flow Light flow
Small, but nice clear flow.
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