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Grand Canyon - North Rim - AZT #39Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2015
BiFrost
Hiking16.34 Miles 1,862 AEG
Hiking16.34 Miles   6 Hrs   16 Mns   2.98 mph
1,862 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Fourth of July weekend and 5 sections left of the AZT. We started at North Kaibab TH northbound away from the rim on AZT #39. The usual crowd at the rim but once out on AZT we didn't see anyone for the entire hike. The trail immediately crosses Hwy 67 and stays west of the road for the first 6 miles. Lots of spruce, aspen, and douglas fir along the trail which followed an underground power line and old road. Crossing back across Hwy 67 the trail stays close to the road and eventually passes the North Rim entrance around 9 miles. After passing the entrance the trail begins a gradual ascent up towards the high point of the AZT and Kaibab Plateau. About tenth of mile from the high point the AZT turns off but we went the extra distance to check out the fire tower at the high point. Overall the tower seemed to be in good shape and was able to climb the stairs to the top but the door was locked. We headed back to the AZT and continued the last 1.5 miles to the end of AZT#39 which marked the exit of Grand Canyon National Park and entered Kaibab National Forest land. We also noticed that after the park boundary the trail signs were all labeled Kaibab Plateau Trail # 101 which would be repeated for about the next 50 miles to the BLM boundary. However instead of stopping here we had parked the vehicle another 3.2 miles up the trail where it crosses FR 612. We car camped in the area getting ready for the next section the following day. Very nice area to car camp and so many options with all the old forest service roads.
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