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AT #43 Arizona Border to Basin Canyon, AZ
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AT #43 Arizona Border to Basin Canyon, AZ 
AT #43 Arizona Border to Basin Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 17 2017
markthurman53
Hiking15.10 Miles 3,995 AEG
Hiking15.10 Miles   6 Hrs   34 Mns   2.87 mph
3,995 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Day 3 of my hiking trip. My plan was to swap hikes for day 2 and 3, Hike higher up on the rim on Tuesday and down here on Wednesday when the weather was suppose to rain/snow higher up. I'm glad I swapped hikes but I was kind of hoping for better weather. I was suppose to complete all of Arizona Trail #43 but because of rain I only got 7.5 of the 10.5 mile trail. Once again I will have to finish up this last portion on Friday before I head down to Payson. Ran into a couple of hikers that were doing the Hayduke trail that starts in Arches National Park and meanders down to Arizona and heads east to west through the grand canyon and ends up in Zion.

The tail is in really good condition and easy to follow. There are about a dozen switchbacks that get you most of the way up to the Kaibab Plateau and they make the climb much easier. Once on the plateau the trail levels out with just minor ups and downs as it cross small streams. There are good views to the east of the Paria Plateau and House Rock Valley.

The road to the trail head is along the House Rock Canyon Road and is in fairly good condition, good enough for passenger cars. If the weather is bad or just after a storm, coming in from Highway 89A in Arizona is advisable. There is a sign on the Utah side that says road is impassable during wet weather.
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