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Apache Point, AZ
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Apache Point, AZ 
Apache Point, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 15 2015
Backpack25.00 Miles 4,200 AEG
Backpack25.00 Miles2 Days         
4,200 ft AEG
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Parked at Pasture Wash ranger station and walked the rim north-west to Apache Point. Travel is slow through the thick juniper forest and it took me about 4 1/2 hours to get to the point. I tried to follow the Supai phone line but that thing zigzags all over so I gave up. Found a neat fault/cave along the way. Followed the very faint trail down from the rim and around Apache Point, down a ridiculously steep talus slope through the Coconino, and then eventually got down to the Esplanade layer, which in this area is not as nice and flat as the Esplanade over by the Thunder River Trail. It was dark by then so I made camp at the first suitable spot I could find. 28 degrees in the am.

Day 2 I followed the Esplanade in and out of the minor drainages until I arrived at Royal Arch Creek. There's really no defined trail along here but I did see some cairns every so often. I exited from RA creek via the Point Huitzil route.

Heading back to GC Village on 328 I was flagged down buy a Japanese couple in an SUV. They were looking for Lake Powell :-s I got to the BC office right before they closed and picked up a permit for the Yurt in 2 weeks.

Carried 7 liters, drank 3 1/2.
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