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Grandview TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 28 2018
azbackpackr
Backpack17.35 Miles 4,472 AEG
Backpack17.35 Miles2 Days   1 Hour   59 Mns   
4,472 ft AEG
 
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With 5 women from Tucson (a couple were old friends) I hiked down Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa, set up camp, and stayed a couple of nights. On the layover day my two old friends and I hiked down to Page Spring, picked up 4 liters of water, and then on down to the Tonto Trail, west. We then hiked up the Grandview Trail, which goes up a notch in between the arms of the horseshoe, and back to camp. The other gals opted to just hike to Page Spring.

Also, on the first day, a couple of us hiked out to the end of the east arm to where, upriver, you can see Hance Rapids, and downriver you can see the river in the Grapevine area.

It was a really great trip, other than the wind! Very windy, especially at night. I was glad my tent was very well-staked, and I had no problems with it, other than a bit of flapping.

It was during the full moon, so we were treated to the beautiful moonrise before heading into our tents due to the wind and somewhat chilly conditions.

It had been more than two years since my last inner Canyon backpack. This had been two years during which I struggled with foot and shoe problems. I had no problems with pain on this trip. I had done a lot of training hikes. On the way down my pack weighed 43.4 pounds because I carried 8 liters of water. I had no trouble with this weight. I did this so that I could avoid having to go to the spring twice. I ended up giving water away, because I had plenty, while several others began to run out. I had been to Horseshoe Mesa before, and I wanted the option of having plenty of water in camp for the first dinner and breakfast. On the way out, even with over 2 liters in my Platypus hose bag, I am sure it was only about 25 pounds, felt very light.

I was sad to see that Page Spring no longer has the ferns hanging down from the top of it. They are now only on the bottom of it. It used to drip a lot more from above, creating a habitat for the ferns. I hadn't been there for at least 12 or 13 years. It was my third trip to the area. My first trip there was in October 1994.
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Beavertail cactus, currants, cliff rose, etc.

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