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Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ
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Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ 
Cheops Plateau and Pyramid Dayhike II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking24.58 Miles 8,433 AEG
Hiking24.58 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   2.28 mph
8,433 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 
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Ever since last year I have wanted to do Cheops Pyramid from a western approach. On satalite view it looks near impossible. However, looking at it in person on various trips to the area made me think otherwise. I also know of a group that had done it before so it was clearly possible.

I tried to get BobP and/or Dave1 to go along with me but our stars just never aligned. I asked Joe a few times as well. He had his sights set on other adventures in the canyon and didn't share the same desire to do the Plateau and Pyramid again. I kept bringing it up and Joe finally caved in and said okay let's go. :y:

We left Phoenix at 3am, got to the park around 6, and were hiking shortly thereafter. We park in a small auxiliary lot near the South Kaibab Trail. It adds about .62 of a mile each way to the hike but is fairly convenient.

Down we went to Phantom Ranch area, then up the oh so familiar Utah Flats Route. From there we would take a steep but clean line up to the northern base of Cheops Plateau. We traversed the base to the north west corner and then on up to the top of the Plateau. This would be our first stop of the daily double. After signing in we went out and looked over at the Pyramid. Joe thought he would see how far out on the bridge he could get. That didn't last long and at a few minutes after 11 we turned and headed out. Upon descending the Plateau we found a break to get us to the western side.

We started our traverse towards the Pyramid hoping we wouldn't run into any snags along the way. The travel went better than expected and actually was easier than the eastern side we had done before. Once at the Pyramid we naturally went straight for the top. It wasn't even 1 yet and we were looking back at the other side. The register we placed 13 months ago was still there and had only seen one other party.

Finally after a few minutes of enjoying the incredible views we headed out. This time taking the eastern side towards Utah Flats. We made such good time that we decided to grab a lemonade at Phantom Ranch. While there we caught up with a friend we had met a year ago. He works at the Ranch and shares a love for hiking in the canyon.

Then it was time for the dreaded South Kaibab Trail. Fourth time this year we have been up and down this one. Throughout the day we saw smoke in the canyon from the Slide Fire near Sedona. On the way out it had really set in and made for some interesting silhouettes. Up top we were greeted to clear blue skies which was nice. On the way home we stopped in Flag for a large pizza and some salad at Oreganos. Delish!

Back to Phoenix by 10:30 and home shortly after 11! Now that is what I call a GREAT day! Thanks a bunch Joe for giving in and letting me finally get this one out of my system.
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