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Marble Canyon Tributaries and Jackass Canyon, AZ
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Marble Canyon Tributaries and Jackass Canyon, AZ 
Marble Canyon Tributaries and Jackass Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
GrottoGirl
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,241 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   1.30 mph
2,241 ft AEG   3 Hrs   50 Mns Break
 
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With rain in the forecast we choose Plan B for Saturday. We drove up to Lee's Ferry Friday night and camped there. I finally got to met Oceanswithin as she was also camped at the campground!

Some people would probably think that we are crazy for hiking in the 90-100 degree range, but when you combine it with water and shade it can be quite pleasant. We started at the Navajo Bridge Visitor Center and hiked across the bridge. It's always fun to check out your route from above!

We hiked over to 3.7 Mile Wash and then descended it with one rappel. The canyon was short but pretty! Then we blew up our rafts and floated for a short bit. It was John and Mike's first trip on the Colorado! Boy, were they in for a treat! I hadn't realized that Mike had never paddled before so it was great how well he did!

At 4.4 Mile Wash we stashed our packrafts and hiked up the steep fisherman's trail to the top. Then we dropped down into the canyon by downclimbing and rappelling.

Our next float was the long one. We got to float under the Navajo Bridge and wave at the tourists. We also saw a few of the raft parties that were headed out for several days on the Colorado. Airkewled & Kim broke out water guns and sprayed us down. It's hard to get mad when the water feels really cool!!! Surprisingly, the silt from the Paria had yet to filter down so the River was a pretty green. We also got to see a heron and a mama Big Horn Sheep and a baby.

We got to Jackass and Airkewled & John ran the Badger Creek Rapids. Then we tanked up on water and hiked out. This time we did a different fork of Jackass Canyon. It was ironic because one section after the fork looked just like it did in the other fork and for a while Airkewled and I thought we choose the same route out as we had last year. I was happy to learn it wasn't the same route since the other route had a gnarly route up from under a chockstone. Soon we were at the truck and driving to Marble Canyon Lodge for our Green Chili Stew treat!

Hike from Visitor Center to 3.7 Mile Wash: 2.35 miles, 205 AEG
Float from 3.7 Mile wash to 4.4 Mile Wash: 0.75 miles
Hike up to the top of 4.4 Mile Wash and then descend: 0.70 miles, 428 AEG
Float from 4.4 Mile Wash to Jackass Canyon: 3.9 miles
Hike out Jackass Canyon: 3 miles, 1608 ft elevation gain

Mileage on triplog is only the hiking/canyoneering mileage.
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