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Grand Canyon Parashant NM west, AZ
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Grand Canyon Parashant NM west, AZ 
Grand Canyon Parashant NM west, AZ
 
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From the sort of tourist stuff of Falling Man and Devil's Fire, we took the road east into Grand Canyon Parashant NM and it's border with some BLM land. The main roads are very good wide and graded. We journeyed down to see the old Tassi Ranch site, noting some curious current looking workings along the way. Several low grade roads take you to possible car camp sites right at Lake Mead ( depending on the level). The ranch area is a green paradise due to incredible springs. It appears the buildings were built in the flow, then rerouting was done so they weren't in the bog. A sign here warns of hantavirus and to not enter the old ranch house. Well, you know how it is, I had to get a photo of the old fireplace.
From there some roads are closed thru the Gyp Hills, I had read about this but had no specifics. Long backtracking and we ended up car camping very near the route to Grand Gulch mine on top of the Grand Wash Cliffs. This and the route to Savannic mine are very rough and I didn't want to do them this trip. Another time we will come in from the top and look this area over. We hiked to an interesting canyon mouth to be thwarted about 20 feet in by a two tiered dry fall, would need protection to climb it. We looked at going up and over, doable, but long and a lot of elevation gain and no guarantee to access the narrow canyon above. I had a target canyon but had Plan B in place and we drove a short distance to access this canyon. The approach hike very enjoyable on an open ridge, we ran into a deep ravine but circumvented it and went on down. I had looked at this canyon on Topo, had no beta, we were just taking a stroll and taking it all in. Nice red wall canyon, not super narrow but had some spots, as well as boulder hopping, and one pour over that was hard for me but not for Brian as per our usual. Pot hole water and some slickrock. It was very nice. We went up about 5 miles then turned around, although it kept going and perhaps it with another canyon would make a nice loop for super hikers or back packing.
At the car we drove to another car camp site, near the start of the Nutter twist road, below the Hidden cliffs and looking at Hidden canyon. This area is extremely scenic. I did need 4wd and the rear locker at one spot, otherwise very nice. We stopped and explored some mines with some nice color, short adits. Out of time, we made our way north toward St. George, heading back toward Vegas thru the magnificent Virgin River Gorge. Great trip, need at least a week or so, and hope to make that happen in the spring or fall 2014, with the goal of getting Plan A done--with the "scouting" out of the way now can make more things happen!
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