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Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2015
BiFrost
Hiking18.67 Miles 1,526 AEG
Hiking18.67 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.97 mph
1,526 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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AZT weekend near the South Rim GC. We drove up Friday night and car camped near Grandview Tower just over forest boundary. Next morning we parked one vehicle at Grandview TH which is the end of Coconino Rim AZT # 36 and drove another vehicle to the start of the section. The drive in to the south end of Coconino Rim is about 20 miles with the first 16 miles really good road. Last 4 miles is rougher but just need some clearance in spots. South end TH is Moqui Stage Station an old stage coach stop were we parked. From the start the trail drops into Russell Wash and heads up the wash to Russell Tank at about 7 miles. We checked out the tank which had very little water and the TH nearby that could be used if you wanted to shorten the hike. From here we continued up Russell Wash to where it crosses Coconino Rim Road and tops out at the edge Coconino Rim about 9 miles. From here the trail follows the Coconino Rim to the end of the section and is definitely the most scenic part of the hike. The views off the rim come and go as the trail makes it's way towards Grandview Tower. The trail also walks in and out of some burn areas especially in the last 6 miles. Despite the burn very little tree fall along the trail with only a few downed trees. We finally made the tower at about 330 with some cold beverages waiting and a shuttle to setup for Babbitt Ranch the next day. Despite the 20% chance of showers it only sprinkled for a few minutes all day.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Russell Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
very small pool
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