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Kaibab Plateau South - AZT #40 610 Teleph Hill, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau South - AZT #40 610 Teleph Hill, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
Hiking10.17 Miles 1,607 AEG
Hiking10.17 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.16 mph
1,607 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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After another cold morning, we set up a pretty short shuttle as we decided to shorten day 3 and leave Telephone Hill for either of the next two days. That plan would get revised again which is the great thing about shuttling up here, there are lots of roads or near roads to use as a base. Day 3 of 5, northbound from FR 610 to Telephone Hill.

The first 3/4 mile was thru the forest and down pretty quickly in elevation. The trail was in really nice shape for this slightly steep downhill. Almost to the bottom you see the canyon before you.... well meadow actually. Tater that is. We head northbound for quite a few miles enjoying the bits of changing landscape and flora. We saw a coyote out for his morning feast. He was undecided how he wanted to handle this crowd of 4 but decided to retreat back from whence he came.

We would soon be hiking in the forest again and when we turned this one corner we ended up hiking in what was like a tunnel of aspen. It was so cool. Today, in fact, would definitely be aspen day. Yesterday was meadow day. We seemed to be lane hiking for a good portion of this part of the hike as it was tree-lined on both sides, mostly aspen but then sometimes the aspen would change out for fir. Anyway, it was great fun weaving in and out of these lanes.

We next came to a valley that was loaded with wildflowers; though small and hard to photograph they were everywhere and quite a nice variety. As we went up the hill to the other side the Showy Goldeneyes were almost carpeting the ground. The view from a top the hill of Pleasant Valley was really spectacular so we enjoyed that for a bit before finishing our little climb back into the forest. Once again the forest was throwing up these very tall trees before Little Pleasant Valley appeared with the corral in the background. These little Valleys are so sweet. We had lunch at the corral, a very nice corral system if I do say so myself.

A little ways after leaving the corral you skirt another little valley, no name with a no name rather large pond. Next you head up hill a bit with more traipsing thru the forest. As you pass by another small corral system and out of the forest you get to see Crane Lake. Looks a little different from this AM when we passed by and there was steam coming off of it from the cold. There were all sorts of ravens flying about and over to the SW you could see the smoke from the wildlands fire we had see signs for. Shawn went and checked on something and then we finished hiking thru this meadow and yep, you guessed it, back into the forest. It was getting a little warm once again as it had the past two afternoons and that's why we started early.

We come out of the forest one more time to do a little more meadow walking near Hwy 67 where we can see Shawn's truck in the distance. In front of us is Telephone Hill which we had decided to save for another day.

We unwound the shuttle. I took Ambika's car, stopped at the store and picked up Stella Rosa Rose wine and some ice before heading back to camp. Our plan was to move camp over to FR 205. Once the others came back from their N Rim showers we were packed up and at the new camp in less than 2 hours. This new campsite was very nice as I had a view, it was warmer and there was a bathroom.

[ youtube video ] to about 4 miles in
[ youtube video ] 4 miles to Little Pleasant Valley
[ youtube video ] Little Pleasant Valley to Telephone Hill
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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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