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Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2012
tibber
Hiking4.36 Miles 292 AEG
Hiking4.36 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.62 mph
292 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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2nd hike of the day. I had no idea what was in store but it's new territory and it is a trail with vistas of the Grand Canyon so I don't think you could go too wrong here. There were about 4 other vehicles at this TH that had a sign, "hikers only". So off we went on a nice trail as we slowly ascended through the beautiful ponderosa interspersed with some wildflowers here and there. We saw a few more wildflowers and different kinds on this trip than we did Uncle Jim Trail.

The trees were quite spread out so it almost seemed more like a walk in a park than a forest. We eventually came across a tree that Wendy said had a pimple. On our way back when we were with the rest of the crew, they settled on TROOB [-X but then again :lol: . Stay tuned for that photo! We are hiking along and notice that Lorie, Jama and Clyde are talking to someone that they obviously knew. Well come to find out it was one of our ABC group who had come up earlier and was working on his rapelling.

So he joined us for the rest of our hike. We would take a side trail out to a vista. The cloud cover was pretty significant at this time but it did not detract from our view of the canyon where you can see all the way over to Point Imperial :) , our previous stop. We stayed here for a bit relishing the view before heading on. You continue through the forest until you come to another side trail that has an interesting vista as well.

We did encounter a few hikers along the way especially as we made that final push down into a bit of a short valley and up to that second vista point. After finishing our gawking here where you could see into the gorge we came back out to the main trail and then came to Cape Final. You walk past the sign and over to the right to get your first look into this part of the canyon but then you come back out and around, climb some rock and wha la; the view of the day so far :y: . It was great!

We soaked this up surveying the landscape like watching a game of tennis with our eyes dancing back and forth, back and forth. It was an enjoyable time to share with fellow hikers as we had no need to be in any kind of hurry since our next stop was just up the road a piece. It was hard, but we finally pulled ourselves away from Cape Final and headed back.

The cloud cover was breaking now so the sun was shining through. We came up on the side trail to the first vista we had stopped at and decided we needed to go over and take a look again. Since the clouds had shifted, so had the light. I think I liked the landscape better with the earlier cloud cover as it added more of a mystique to our views.

We continued on our way at a pretty good pace plus we were heading down hill. We came upon the Troob that others had missed on the way up and had some fun with that. We also started to encounter more hikers less than a mile from the trailhead that wondered how close they were to Cape Final....we told them they only had another mile to go. Not that they would know what another mile was.

Anyway, this was a great hike and you get a lot of bang for your buck in a short period of time. Would love to hang out at Camp Final overnite and would do this hike the next time I was in the area.

Here is the video from that hike: http://youtu.be/19-T6-Qtw8M

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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