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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
BiFrost
Hiking26.84 Miles 6,506 AEG
Hiking26.84 Miles   14 Hrs   2 Mns   2.26 mph
6,506 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
 
We were looking for a good AEG day hike and Rim to Rim seemed like a decent option. But we needed a ride back to South Rim so decided to leave early or late depending on perspective. Parked at South Rim Visitor Center about 9pm and hiked over to South Kaibab TH. It was interesting to see the TH with no people but given the time not a surprise. We headed down the SK in the dark which was uneventful except for gusty winds from nearby thunderstorms. Fortunately we only got the wind and no rain. By the time we reached Black bridge the winds had all dissipated. We stopped at the bathroom at Bright Angel Creek and were greeted by ringtail cats playing in the trees. By this time it was about 1am and we took a break and filled up on water at Phantom. Nice break with no one around again except for one of the workers who passed by heading for the cantina kitchen. We wondered whether he was starting breakfast prep or getting a midnight snack.

Up the North Kaibab Trail was next and the first 3 or 4 miles through the Box is easy walking. This part and Ribbon Falls would have been nice to see in daylight but having already seen both we kept moving. Also we didn't see anyone else on the trial at this point until we were about 1 mile from Ribbon Falls and passed 3 guys doing the exact same trip but in the opposite direction. We reached Cottonwood Camp about 430 and people were already up and moving. Passing through continued on to Manzanita Rest Stop at the pump house where we had another longer break and filled up on water. By this time it was starting to get light as we prepared for the major potion of AEG. Before leaving 3 backpackers from Cottonwood passed by on their way up. With daylight we continued up passed Roaring Springs and Supai Bridge which is probably the best part of the trail. Took another break at Supai Bridge and by this time the south bound hikers were a steady stream. As we got closer to the top we probably passed some 20 or 30 hikers total and 3 mule trains above Supai Tunnel. Finally reached the top much earlier than expected but happy to be done. From there followed the rim Bridal Path Trail over to the lodge with a stop by the showers :D At the lodge we grabbed some lunch and drinks before heading back around on the 2pm shuttle.

Wildlife: 2 scorpions, 2 ring tail cats, 2 tarantulas and 1 skunk
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