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Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2018
tibber
Hiking10.30 Miles 569 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.69 mph
569 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Southbound from Grandview to FR 310.
The moon played nightlight and after a restless nite as my other air mat now has a leak too, I got up around 5:45. Shawn and Ambika set up the shuttle with FR 310 where we started yesterday. We got started around 7:30 AM. My legs were definitely feeling the previous day's hike so I had to get my trekking poles out as this section is roley polely. I hiked this back in 2009; at that time, it was the longest hike I had ever done.

At the beginning of the trail there are some interpretive signs. After that you get AZT carsonites that sometimes are mostly placed at the quarter miles along with some wood signs at various intervals like 1, 3, 5, 7.5 (I think) and 10. Some of the carsonites are next to the original posts of the AZT. You're basically hiking through the forest and get very occasional glimpses of the North Rim and the plains way off in the distance.

We first saw a deer and a little later we did see a rather large herd of elk including some moms and little ones off in the distance; too far for a photo. Sometimes there would be hanging branches and we, well mostly Shawn, would whack them down so that the bikers don't get hit in the face. We took a break about 1/2 way up on a log.

And then it was more through the forest we go. I was always glad when we were on top as the breeze was stronger. When we skirted the side, there wasn't much of a breeze. I was actually surprised at how warm it was in the morning. What's most interesting about this trail is the grade. Just when you think you should start going up the trail it skirts to the side and it does this several times.

We took another little break just before the big dip. That hill going down at about the 8 mile mark is very steep and slippery and sandy. The bike route skirts off to the west and comes around rather than down and up this dip. The grade going up is not bad and not as steep as the going down. Strangely, I do not remember that as being so steep the first time I did it in July 2009. I was happy I tackled it without much problem giving my struggle a couple weekends ago; but then again this was a lot shorter. And finally about a mile and 1/2 later you are finally done and so glad to be done.

We headed back to camp and closed up shop. Our next destination would be Cameron Trading Post. I was so glad to have a Navajo Taco again. It was delish. Our drive home was uneventful which was a good thing.

I don't have a track to post as my phone, instead of being charged by my battery bank, was drained by it. I would have my video (for both days on one track) except I realized I had a title in the wrong place so I have to fix it and then re-load.
and here it is, I decreased the slide time so I was able to get both days all on one video including our time at Grandview Point [ youtube video ]

Ambika wanted me to post our miles in the trip report so we are at 448.57. We've completed one-half of the passages if you're counting 42 passages.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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