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Kaibab Plateau Central - AZT #41 89a to 205, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau Central - AZT #41 89a to 205, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
Hiking8.44 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking8.44 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.30 mph
2,040 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Day Four of our 50 miles of hiking the Kaibab Plateau portion of the AZT. The sleeping temp was lovely at our new camp and the view was also much better. Today we only had to take one vehicle as we would be hiking from 89a to our camp so we were able to get off to an even earlier start, 6:45AM ish.

Southbound: So thru the forest we went. The whole hike would be thru the forest with a mixture of fir and aspen. Some of the fir trees were very tall. The first part of the hike the forest floor was being touched by the glow of the morning sun so that was pretty and right off the bat, I saw a new wildflower.

We would be following an old forest road for the most part so I once again enjoyed the walking and gawking :) . There were a couple little hills here and there as we worked our way UP the plateau but nothing dramatic. It was nice being low between the hills on each side as the shade made for nice temperatures as we weaved between the tree cover and observed occasional spats of wildflowers.

The only thing bad about the hike were my blisters. So I did request a break for ten minutes after a few miles. I had one on each foot and they were getting pretty big now; fortunately they weren't too painful. In fact, as of this writing on 10-3-2019, the round remnants still remain. I realize the bubble was to protect the skin. I don't pop them.

Tracy didn't like being on the forest road but I didn't think it was that roady so I liked it. We passed thru one of the badly burned areas and a few minutes later back in the forest we hit Ridge Tank which was very low (basically a very big puddle even the cattle would probably have trouble with). There were quite a few cattle about. There is also a large cachement just to the other side of it with a big tank system of some sort. Around 9:50 or so we took our last break of this hike.

The rest of the trip was more of the same. As we got closer to the roads, the human activity picked up and especially as we got pretty near some campsites. There is a tight lane of trees you walk between toward the end as you get closer to FR 205 so that was kind of neat. And at a little after 11, yep, I got to crack open my beer.

We would take a few hour break and then tackle part of 41's top and finish off 40 including the downhill of 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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