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Point Imperial TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2015
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking6.40 Miles 758 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   1.21 mph
758 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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This was Day 9 of my car camping trip to the North Rim Grand Canyon and my second day camped at the Saddle Mtn trail head at the end of FR610. The guys camped nearby told me they had hiked the Point Imperial Trail the day before and that the TH was near camp. It sounded like a nice easy hike for my last day in the area. Tomorrow I planned to start the drive back to Phoenix stopping overnight at the Lockett Meadow campground in the San Francisco Peaks area. I added a little distance to the hike by going about a half mile down Trail #57 to take a selfie with the Saddle Mtn Wilderness Sign. When I was there the day before I didn't have a camera tripod with me.

The Point Imperial trail followed the ridge top from FR610 out to the point. Some nice scenery along the way. Most of the ridge top was severely burned by a forest fire many years ago and trees have still not started to grow back. The foliage is lush along the trail and a few New Mexico Locust bushes try to scratch your legs as you pass by. Encountered quite a few hikers who had started from the Point Imperial parking lot. There's only a couple minor ups and downs so the AEG is low - At least half was from my quick jaunt down Trail #57 for the photo session. Nice views from the point - it's the highest car accessible view point in the park at 8803 ft. Had lunch sitting on a bench at Point Imperial while watching the tourists - some European language I didn't recognize but mostly Americans. Had my first outhouse experience of the trip - It stunk, I prefer the bush. Got back to camp and decided to move to a campsite a couple hundred yards away with a great view of the canyon below for my last night. Had an enjoyable evening cooking (and eating) a spaghetti dinner with views of the canyon as the evening light started to fade. The next morning I awoke to a beautiful sunrise visible through the rear side window of my FJ as I lay in bed. A nice way to end my visit to the North Rim.
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