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Kaibab Plateau South - AZT #40 to FR 610, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau South - AZT #40 to FR 610, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2019
Hiking9.51 Miles 1,631 AEG
Hiking9.51 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.35 mph
1,631 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
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Day Two of Five: we rose a little earlier after another very cold nite. We could see our breath. I think Shawn made us pancakes so that's always a nice way to start our day.

After setting up the shuttle, a little shorter today, we once again headed across the little meadow but instead of turning right like yesterday, we turned left. We followed next to a road for just a bit before crossing it. This Passage is definitely a meadowy passage as we hit our first big meadow that stretched out in front of us and then curved to the left as we hiked in what is called Upper North Rim Canyon. We were lucky that the wildflowers were still out enforce. It's been a banner wildflower summer for me between Glacier and these five days on the Kaibab Plateau. I threw in a few more flora photos so the photo set is larger than normal :stop: .

As we got closer to a tree line when the meadow narrowed, I started seeing all these mounds. I had no idea what they were but there was a whole town of them. Shawn informed me they were gopher holes. We continued between tree lines for awhile passing by Sourdough Well and FR 400 (altho it didn't look like much of a road). There is a dry grassy pond just past there but it is not the Well. In about 1/4 mile from there we head out of Upper N Rim Cany and into the forest with mostly aspen. We cross over yet another FR, 612 and join up with the Kaibab Plateau Trail which we will be on for the rest of our days up here. Once again the meadows were showing off their flowers altho it's very hard to photograph; especially when you can't stop and really take the time to show and tell.

We will be hiking on an old road for a bit. I was still seeing lots of flowers (and just a few of them made the photoset otherwise there could easily have been 75 photos at least). We came to a big tree across the road not too far from Crystal Spring; a waypoint was posted so that we could come back to tackle this tree with the proper tools. As Chums noted, the spring box was full of water. Soon we would be into the forest again. We took a break as the preliminary climb before the climb to the East Rim was starting.

Once we more or less leveled out you could get glimpses east to the Canyon and Marble Canyon. On top of that, the trail had wildflowers on both sides. It didn't photograph well but trust me, it was pretty awesome :) plus the aspen were so very tall! We had passed another couple earlier and then another couple that was trying to get pictures with their dog and the flowers. We had lunch at one of the picnic tables at East Rim Viewpoint. That was so cool. While there a drone flew over and into the Canyon area. We hoped he wouldn't crash as there would be one heck of a hike to retrieve it.

After crossing over FR 611, our next photo op was Dog Lake with its surrounding corral. I didn't realize until I looked at the topo today that it is just off of Dog Canyon because I didn't know there was even a Dog Canyon (obviously I didn't do sufficient beta). We would cross over Dog Canyon's very large meadow as we went past this little lake. Once again, the wildflowers were all over the place. They aren't the biggest wildflowers but there were a lot. This one wildflower was very perplexing and we would see it again for the rest of our hiking. I think I have IDed it as a Sulphur-Flowered Buckwheat :-k [ photo ] , it's very short. It was prolific.

This was a pretty long meadow and it was just a little warm. Fortunately there was a bit of a breeze. It was interesting that the trees were in layers along the right flank of the meadow; like someone had planted them that way. And into the forest we went with about 3/4 miles until we were glad to be done with the trail.

But now, it was time to cut the tree. It was a bit of a project as they also had to cut off the side branches in order to roll it off the road/trail. We took the residual and threw it on the old road/path that had been created. And then it was off for showers and Ambika and me opted for dinner at the Lodge (it was great).

[ youtube video ] to just past Sourdough Well
[ youtube video ] to about 1 1/2 from East Rim
[ youtube video ] to FR 610, drive to cut the tree, cutting the tree
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
substantial but small. Don't know if that's the norm up there.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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