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Lone Pine Canyon Rt below Plateau Pt, AZ
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Lone Pine Canyon Rt below Plateau Pt, AZ 
Lone Pine Canyon Rt below Plateau Pt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2013
John9L
Hiking15.50 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles
3,800 ft AEG
 
1st trip
The Canyon was calling so I met up with Hippy for a fun adventure. I've had my eye on this route for about a year now and she was down.

We started on the BA Trail and made the hike down. We stopped at Indian Garden to top off our water and grab a quick snack. From there we started the hike out toward Plateau Pt. We've both been to the point before so I led us west on the Tonto Trail. We were looking for the first and only accessible drainage between Plateau Pt and Horn Creek. It's a break in the Tapeats and is very obvious.

We turned off the Tonto Trail after about a quarter mile and went cross country into the mouth of Lone Pine Canyon. I've read in Tomasi's book that there is a single pine tree within the canyon. I didn't pay attention to see if there actually was one. The hike through the break is choked in with brush. A little scrambling and agility required but nothing overwhelming. There was a trickle of water flowing there with some tad poles swimming around. There were no signs of human foot prints but there has been lots of rain recently.

After a few minutes of fighting through Lone Pine Cn we emerged over the Colorado River to magnificent views! Horn Creek looms down canyon to the left while Zoroaster towers to the east. We both notice the route is heavily overgrown. There are some game trails but they're not much. We'll have to continue fighting our way east along the bottom of the Tapeats. Our going was slow and cautious. Besides all the loose rock and foliage we had to keep alert for rattlers. We didn't see any the whole day. This route turns into a scramble and fight mixed in with some smooth and relatively flat sections. There were lots of animal prints that ranged from Big Horn to possible Ringtail. No human prints. With much effort we reached the transcanyon pipeline. The pipe goes straight up the Tapeats roughly 200-300 ft. We continued and wrapped around Plateau Pt. There wasn't much trash and nothing of value.

After a lunch break we continued to the east side and could see the Bright Angel Trail and then Garden Creek. As we neared BA we found the set of ruins. There is a fantastic granary nestled back in an alcove. There were a few small ones elevated up in the Tapeats. These are pretty cool and very close to BA. While looking around I noticed a faint trail on the east side of BA directly across from us. This route leads to the Old BA Trail which I explored in March. I told Hippy there were a few more ruins over there so we made our way over. The route leaves right off the BA trail and only takes about five minutes to reach the ruins. They are interesting and worth seeing.

From the ruins we made our way up the Old BA Trail. We connected on the Tonto and took that back to BA. We stopped at Indian Garden and Hippy talked to some rangers about a Jr Ranger Patch. From there it was the steady hike up the BA Trail. We topped out on the rim around 6pm and went over to the jeep at the official BA trailhead parking. This parking area was new to me and it's literally right there. Thanks Hippy for pointing it out and awesome hiking out there!
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Tapeats Sandstone
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Sumner Butte Zoroaster Temple
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