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Nankoweap TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 21 2013
BiFrost
Backpack33.28 Miles 10,749 AEG
Backpack33.28 Miles3 Days         
10,749 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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BobP
chumley
John9L
squatpuke
Tough_Boots
Was able to get on this trip last minute with an invite from Bob and of course you can't turn down the GC. Larry had the permit and Chumley did most of the planning (thanks for setting it up :) ). After our warm-up hike on the Spencer Trail we car camped at the Nankoweap TH sharing some brews and laughs before our early morning departure.

Next morning we got started early as expected and Larry and I left ahead of the rest to get a jump on the hike. Unfortunately about 2 miles into the hike John caught up and informed me that I left the window to my truck all the way down :doh: Since I didn't want it to bug me all weekend I dropped my pack and went back to the truck.

After the delay got back to my pack and started back down the trail which can be best described as very steep in conjunction with a long traverse out to Tilted Mesa. The traverse is a really cool section with long stretches that intermittently provides awesome views and narrow cliff edges. This is also the section that is referred to as sketchy but none of us really thought it was that bad. After the trail drops off the end of Tilted Mesa it gets very steep and is relentless all way down to Nankoweap Creek.

Water in the creek was nice and clear and everyone was really happy to be in camp after the long descent. There was a chance of rain but that never really got started except for a few sprinkles. Temps were a bit warm and didn't need a sleeping bag most of the night.

Next morning after relaxing in camp we headed out to the Colorado River about 3 miles down Nankoweap Creek. The goal was to do a side hike up to the Nankoweap Granaries and talk to some of the rafters. We meet one group of rafters before the side hike and managed to score some brews. After talking with them for a bit we climbed up the very steep trail to the granaries. Besides the interesting site of the granaries the views up there are simply awesome. We sat there for quite awhile taking in the views and watched some more rafters hit the beach below. We descended back down and decided to talk with the second group of rafters who were also very friendly and to our delight offered more beers and good conversation. After a very relaxing afternoon at the Colorado we headed back to camp.

That night in camp we all decided to get an early start the next morning out of the canyon to beat the heat and were rewarded with pleasant temps. Unfortunately it didn't make the trail any less steep but happy for the early start. Kyle and I hiked out most the way behind the rest but we all made it back to the vehicles early afternoon and then headed for NiMarcos for pizza and wings....nice :D
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