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Kaibab Plateau AZT 40 to 41 - S to Teleph Hill, AZ
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Kaibab Plateau AZT 40 to 41 - S to Teleph Hill, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau AZT 40 to 41 - S to Teleph Hill, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2019
Hiking2.89 Miles 272 AEG
Hiking2.89 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.48 mph
272 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Day 3, Part 2 of our five day hiking barrage of the AZT. We decided to make tomorrow a much easier day, we would hike the last 3 miles of the AZT 40 southbound this afternoon. This was very smart planning on Tracy's part! The only problem was is the road we were supposed to take to this part of the trail that shows up on the map, does not show up in person. We reached that conclusion after driving back and forth and decided at this little pullout on the east side of the road that we would hike to see if we could find the road. We could see the trail.

So off we went, cross country looking for the road that seemingly has vanished. A little bit of bushwhacking got us to the trail and we set a way point to come for tomorrow's hike. The trail was in pretty nice shape and it is indeed thru the burn area that is slowly coming back to life with many thick groves of small to medium aspen. The Warm Fire in 2006 sure did its damage.
The Warm Fire began by a lightning strike and was initially managed for the health of the forest. Then a storm cell moved in and high winds carried the fire across SR67. A back burn was lit and ultimately almost 60,000 acres burned. The North Rim was closed and evacuated for almost a week.
Here is the rest of the write up about a former seasonal ranger's drive on FR 241 which is near where we were hiking: ... -road-241/

There was a rather tall bush that was leaning over the trail but it was demolished by the Big Kahuna (Shawn), see photos. In this same area, where not much has come back to life, there were quite a few wildflowers and some budding thistle. As we got thru the aspen lanes and a little higher, we could see the smoke from the wildland fire to the WSW of us. I got some pics and video.

Soon we would be heading in a more easterly direction and you could see the trunks of some of the very tall trees that once stood here. They were pretty massive. A couple hawks also flew by to entertain us for a few moments. Going down Telephone Hill the topography changes dramatically as you're in the forest and there is some large rockery around. We enjoyed the trek through here as the sun seemed to dip behind the clouds for most of this. Eventually we came out of the forest at the bottom of the hill to the meadow where we hung a right to head back to the shuttle. It was a nice double for the day.

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Wildflowers Observation Light
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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