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Uncle Jim TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2013
tibber
Hiking5.04 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking5.04 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   1.94 mph
860 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Hoping the rain and threat of rain would let up, we headed out on the Uncle Jim Trail after breakfast. As usual the parking lot was full but the area around the N Kaibab TH wasn't. We headed off on the trail only to quickly encounter several wet sections. The mules going back and forth made it a gooey mess :yuck: . However for part of this there was a trail that went up and contoured the side until you got to the top of the hill.

Once there it was pretty much clear sailing as far as the trail was concerned though there were a couple muddy areas here and there. The area was quite green, greener than I remember from last year. The ferns still looked pretty good too :) . We did encounter the usual amount of flora, maybe a little more than last year.

This time I decided we would go clockwise just to mix it up a bit for me. It turned out to be the best choice and I would recommend this highly rather than the other way. It was nice to hike through the forest of ponderosa and aspen. The trail was really soft in many sections.
I did forget about a couple of the hills you have to traverse on this hike but this is a good thing; afterall, it's not that long of hike and one of the hills is thru a pretty cool forested section.

In fact, after the intersection with Ken Patrick and I think before the fork in the trail, you go down in this small valley. I noticed a squirrel with a pine cone in its mouth heading for a tree. I get the camera aimed and then see the little guy is underneath the tree adding to his HUGE stash of pine cones. And then he came running out and headed across this little valley and over a couple logs. He did that a couple times. It was amusing and impressive. When we came back through, believe it or not, he was still at it :sweat: .

Once you're more or less on top of the plateau, you can almost see the edge of the Rim. And of course the excitement builds as you make your way to look over the edge of Bright Angel Canyon. I pretty much stayed to the edge rather than the trail so that I could look over. You don't get a straight view into the canyon because of all of the trees and shrubbery but it's better than staying completely on the trail.

We did encounter a wrangler on horseback leading another horse; either for the other horse's exercise or training. That was pretty much all the excitement until we curved around the canyon and headed west toward Uncle Jim Point. Here the forest burn is more prevalent so your views really open up. Finally we arrive at the coup de grace, the Point :y: . The views really are spectacular from here. We rested our laurels for awhile, took lots of pics, had snacks and I yelled down for Clyde as he was supposed to be heading up this way around noon.

It was a nice hike back and we were back to the car in around an hour. You hike in and out of forest again. I am always impressed by the very tall aspen and ponderosa. Always a sight to admire :D .

I don't have any video as I took video last year. Guess I just wasn't in the videoing mood... imagine that :o !
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