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Petrified Forest, AZ
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23 by photographer avatarLucyan
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Petrified Forest, AZ 
Petrified Forest, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 25 2014
Lucyan
Backpack7.10 Miles 485 AEG
Backpack7.10 Miles1 Day         
485 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Desert Navigation and Stargazing in the Petrified Forest backpacking trip:

Distance: around 16 miles planned (7.1 only due the weather)
Elevation: Undefined (potentially 2000ft or more of AEG)
Wilderness: Extreme (no water sources, no trail, no cover)
Weather: Forecast as of 2014/04/23:

• Saturday: H 50°F, L 33°F, 30% chance rain, wind SW 35mph, evening only partly cloudy :o :scared:

• Sunday: H 61°F, L 35°F, 10% chance rain, wind W 26mph

The Plan:

Friday evening, the team met and headed towards the southern entrance to the park. There's a very basic campground next to the gift shops.

Saturday morning, we entered the park ($10 per car), get our backpacking permits (free) from the rangers and took the trail down the side of the mesa by the Painted Desert Inn. Once we got to the desert floor, the trail ends and we were on our own. Goal #1 was Onyx Bridge, and from there we turned in the general direction of Pilot Rock while searching for a decent campsite.

We did get caught up in a snowstorm and the temperatures dropped to 30's which made us leave and make it just a day hike.
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