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Grand Canyon - North Rim - AZT #39Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2019
tibber
Hiking12.82 Miles 1,640 AEG
Hiking12.82 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
1,640 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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We had camped the nite off of FR 213. It was a very cold nite. I was glad I brot my sleeping liner so at least I didn't have to put on another layer of clothes; altho it was still cold.

A big five days of hiking started with 12 1/2 miles or so southbound from the Northern TH that had recently been re-fenced with Shawn and Tracy's help. It is a beautiful TH with a nice restroom. None of us had done this long of a hike in quite some time. But we were led to believe by three of us that it was relatively flat.... the key word being "relative".

We hiked into the forest, took the detour up the tower... well one of us went all the way to the top. From trip reports I read that you must take the trip up to the tower; I'm guessing this wasn't that tower. The views were basically none because of all the smoke. Before heading back the .1 to the trail, the others checked out the porcupine dinner on the table in the old cabin; I passed.

We continued along an old road to the high point of the Arizona Trail according to Shawn before heading slightly down the hill to the North Rim Entrance Station Ranger area. Nice facility. As we walked away and headed south, it appears someone had laid a pebbly gravel lane for a bit. This route and trail now follows an old telephone/power route that is marked by power boxes ever so often (shows up on topo). A little past there we started up an unanticipated 260 feet in 1/2 mile (Lindbergh Hill). We hike via some aspen alley ways and then hit some ponderosa forest before heading down rather quickly to cross the road where we would have lunch. Apparently someone else had stopped their car along Hiwy 67 and was using the trail as a pee zone.

We were 1/2 way now so onward we marched thru more forest with some nice ponderosas and some aspen from time to time as well. We followed an old road for awhile. We passed thru an area where Shawn and Tracy showed us the remnants of a massive tree they had sawed down; it's in the video. I think not too far from there we got a big fallen tree off the trail around the 10.5 mile mark. We finally made it to Widforss TH and took a 5 minute break or so. Just past here in Harvey Meadow was a staging area for the wildland fire. After that it was a quick jaunt up the hill to the N Kaibab TH. We made pretty decent time for us not having done a big hike in a long while.

It was a beer for me that I gladly took into the shower. Since we were so close we opted to get showers. Next we picked up the vehicle at the TH and stopped at the Country Store to get some ice before heading back to camp.

Part 1 [ youtube video ] to past the North Rim Ranger Station
Part 2 [ youtube video ]
Part 3 [ youtube video ]
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