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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking23.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   11 Hrs   45 Mns   1.96 mph
4,800 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This was my first trip to the north rim, and my first Rim2Rim hike. We hiked down the North Kaibab Trail and then came back up the Bright Angel Trail.

A few months ago I made a reservation at the North Rim Lodge for Oct. 15, the last day that the Lodge is open until May. I figured that I would do the hike at the last day that the Lodge is open because I thought that by doing the hike as late in Oct as I could that it would lessen the chance of having to deal with hot weather down by the river. As it turned out, hot weather was no concern on this day: When we stated the hike at the North Kaibab Trail, it was about 30 degrees with light snow. It snowed for the first hour or two, and was coming down fairly hard -- fortunately there was no accumulation on the trail. At Phantom Ranch it was cloudy and about 50 degrees, but it was not raining. From Indian Garden up to the south rim there was drizzle/light rain, and the trail was pretty muddy with some standing water in lots of places. When we got back up to the South Rim, there was a light rain mixed with some snow.

In spite of the weather it was a fun hike, and the weather made for some interesting views.

A combination of the high canyon walls, snow, and low cloud cover caused my GPS to lose the satellite, so I was not able to record an accurate track.

One of my hiking partners had a car there, so on the day before the hike we made it to some of the north rim vistas and checked out the awesome scenery.
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