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AT #39 north portion #40 South Portion, AZ
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AT #39 north portion #40 South Portion, AZ 
AT #39 north portion #40 South Portion, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 18 2017
markthurman53
Hiking10.40 Miles 921 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.93 mph
921 ft AEG      39 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Day 4 up on the Kaibab Plateau. Was a wise decision to hike lower down on the plateau yesterday because it snowed up on top. Today's hike will be to finish up the 2.7 miles along Arizona Trail #40 that I didn't finish on Tuesday and also the Norther portion of Arizona Trail #39. The Arizona Trail #39 south of highway 67 in Grand Canyon National Park I finished last year but was unable to finish anything East of Highway 67 because of the Fuller Canyon Fire. I started this hike where the Arizona Trail crosses Forest Service Road 610, hiked North along Arizona Trail #40 to just past Sourdough Well, then returned to FSR 610 and Hiked south along Arizona Trail #39 to the Park entrance. I was the only one on the trail until my return trip from Sourdough well were I ran into another solo through hiker of the Arizona Trail. I returned to my start point rather than complete the last 4 miles I needed to do along AT #39 because the weather started turning bad. I opted to drive into the park and finish those last 4 from the other direction this afternoon. If the weather turned bad I could deal with being 4 miles from my start point but it would be a little more difficult if I was 7 miles out. I turned into such a wimp.

Can't say much about the trail because it was covered with snow, but it appeared to be in good condition with the exception of all the tree falls across the trail. Later in the afternoon it was slushy and difficult to walk along. The trail in early morning was one of the most beautiful hikes I have been on in years, at least since my hike from Pasture Wash Ranger Station to Hermit rest after a 12 inch snow storm, but that was years ago when I was younger and less wimpy.
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