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Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2014
VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking7.10 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   6 Hrs      1.18 mph
485 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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I had never given it much thought to go explore the Petrified Forest NP but after this weekend i was completely amazed by the place. Who knew walking around petrified wood would be so much entertaining?
Our original plan had us taking off from Kachina point TH (Painted Desert Inn) and head over to Onyx bridge and then onto Pilot rock. We did go to Onyx bridge but the weather started to take a turn for the worse as we started making our way farther into the wilderness. 50+ MPH winds and blowing dust were okay to deal with but as soon as the rain started we were forced to find a flat area in which to take shelter from it and the rain then turned into sleet and then snow. It was amazing to witness a complete transformation of the painted desert from dry arid land to red creek water mixed with snow on the ground. The wind never really let down the entire day. Our plan was to stay overnight in the park but the strong winds and wet conditions broke our friend's tarp tent, after the snow stopped we made the decision to head back out in the mud because we knew it was going to be a cold and windy night and didnt want to expose our friend to a cold night (we didnt have room in the three other tents to have him spend the night).
It was pure joy to see this normally bone dry area filled with red water, dark cumulous clouds and some short lived snow. I definitely want to go back to this place soon. It is amazing to me not many more people dont visit this gem in NE Arizona.
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