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North Canyon Trail #4
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4 by photographer avatarShatteredArm
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North Canyon Trail #4Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
ShatteredArm
Hiking8.50 Miles 2,011 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
2,011 ft AEG
 
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Started out at the East Rim viewpoint/AZT parking area. Toilets and a short paved path to the rim. A couple very serene miles on the AZT until it crosses North Canyon trail.

The descent starts easy, trail seems in good condition, so I was hopeful. Once I hit a set of steep switchbacks down the Coconino, the trail started getting choked by brambles, vines, and all sorts of unfriendly plants.

When I got below the springs, some stinging nettles joined the fray. Shorts were a bad idea, I suppose.

Hit the creek crossing (allegedly there is a footbridge? I must've missed it) and it was still flowing... But in the quarter mile between the crossing and the East Rim junction, the flow abruptly stopped.

I headed down canyon another mile and a half or so, everything was dry but there is still a lot of nice vegetation.

Went back up East Rim, which contains one of the steepest half miles I've found in AZ. It was a bear, and got really overgrown. It was nice and shaded until the top of the Coconino, which helped a bit.

I'd definitely like to check out the rest of the canyon, maybe as a point-to-point.
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