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Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2012
tibber
Hiking4.85 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.53 mph
250 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Our second full day at the N Rim would be a full one starting out with a hike of the Uncle Jim trail. After breakfast, we loaded up in Tonto for our drive to the N Kaibab TH. Soon after getting out on the trail we would encounter the riding group returning already. The mules looked so healthy but bored. 4 of the mules looked identical too. I know that the trail bosses like to match horses up to the riders in groups so that was interesting.

The views are somewhat limited as you are hiking in the forest for most of this hike. The forest is nice and the trail was the same :) . After our squirrel venture (watching a squirrel in a tree), we reached the junction with the Ken Patrick Trail. The hike had already been up and down and would continue its roller coaster action until we would get atop the Rim and stay there for our walk out to Uncle Jim Point.

Once out to Uncle Jim Point Trail you could look up and down Roaring Springs Canyon following the N Kaibab Trail. The views were quite nice here :DANCE: and worth the hike. We took photos, I took a movie, we ate a snack and then headed back out onto the loop that took us around to the west side of Bright Angel Canyon which we would hike in a couple days. Once again the views were obstructed by trees but it was still pretty nonetheless. There were some wildflowers scattered about so you could enjoy some additional visual candy.

One of the hikers had hiked ahead and I didn't expect to see him until we got back to camp but lo and behold he waited for us at a junction (he's done that before and it always surprises me). We started heading down the hill where you arrive at a very small meadow. It was a pretty area where we stopped for a moment to enjoy before continuing on the trail.

On the way back we encountered a few more hikers as we were now on the main trail. There was this one older lady that was decked out fairly nicely and she was wearing her lipstick and had a bandana like me plus had a smile on her face. I was tickled and mentioned it to Wendy and Wendy smiled as she had noticed it too.

This is a nice little hike but not much bang for the buck; fortunately we would get that bang for the buck later in the afternoon. It was nice to hike with Wendy and Jama and Chris. Now to head back to camp, pack up our lunch for Imperial Point and items for our picnic dinner at Cape Royal.

Here is the video from our hike of the Uncle Jim Trail: http://youtu.be/DfTxMB7rYgc Oh, may I suggest you change the quality on youtube to HD1080. You can find that setting next to the minutes just below the video screen (or next to the clock icon)
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