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10 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Backpack avatar May 19 2018
trekkin_gecko
Backpack4.83 Miles 487 AEG
Backpack4.83 Miles1 Day         
487 ft AEG
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john and i thought it would be fun to combine this hike with an overnight backpack along the way
got our permit at the visitor center, where they informed us that we had to be on our way by four
what? :o we decided 4:45 would be close enough
currently the park closes at five due to budget constraints, and they want you out of the painted desert inn parking area by then
i found nothing in the park information stating this, only that you had to get your permit an hour before the visitor center closed
didn't spend as much time as we wanted on our first two little hikes, but got up to painted desert inn and had some dinner in the parking lot
rangers came around and checked our permit and we set out soon after
once a mile away from the inn, we dropped our packs and continued to onyx bridge
easy walking in washes and along a pretty well defined trail much of the way
even a cairn to mark the wash exit
took a couple of wrong turns while not watching the track, but those drainages were well worth exploring
found the big log and wandered around a bit
pretty terrain with plenty of larger petrified wood stumps scattered around
a fun destination
eventually went back to our campsite and set up
nice night although quite windy for a couple hours
almost like a nighttime cooling/downslope effect
brilliant star viewing even with a quarter moon
hiked out in the morning and had coffee and breakfast on the painted desert inn patio
there were a few other parties camping, some clearly not a mile away - the rangers must not check
fun experience and a nice hike
glad we did it that way
never hurts to practice backpacking :)
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