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Kaibab Plateau AZT #41 and 42, AZ
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Kaibab Plateau AZT #41 and 42, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau AZT #41 and 42, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2015
BiFrost
Hiking23.44 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking23.44 Miles   9 Hrs   29 Mns   2.82 mph
981 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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The third AZT hike of 4th of July weekend began in the burn area where we left off previous day. The burn area continued for the first 4 miles until we reached FR 225 where the forest returns. We did notice that the forest starts to change with more ponderosa instead of spruce and aspen as it crosses the relatively flat Big Ridge area. Eventually we dropped down off the ridge and followed a drainage passing Ridge Tank which was about 1/2 full. The trail follows the drainage for several miles following an old road dropping from 8400 to 7700 feet. About 1 mile before crossing 89A the trail leaves the drainage and hops over small ridge after passing Big Ridge Tank which was dry. Just before crossing 89A we had lunch at the 12 mile mark. After lunch we crossed 89A continuing the steady elevation drop from the high point at FR 225. By now it was mostly ponderosa with some juniper and pinyon pine starting to show up. We also had some thunderstorms start to develop....being lucky the first two days dodging storms we were not so lucky today. About 230 the hard rain, thunder and lightning let loose for about an hour but eventually it stopped as the trail continued to drop elevation. It drops into another drainage and follows this until reaching Government Reservoir (also dry). At this point the rain was done for the day and trail opened up into wide pasture area of Summit Valley as we hiked the last 1.5 miles to Joe's Reservoir (dry) and our waiting vehicle. This was the longest hike at 23 miles of the weekend so we enjoyed completing the hike with beverages and tasty snacks before driving to the car camp spot for the night. Interesting hike with the vegetation changes dropping elevation from 8600 feet at FR 225 to 6700 feet at Joe's Reservoir.

dry Big Ridge Tank Dry Dry

dry Bridge Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Buffalo Trick Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
decent water


dry Joes Reservoir Dry Dry
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