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Kaibab Plateau Central - AZT #41 north to 205, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau Central - AZT #41 north to 205, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2019
Hiking7.81 Miles 1,147 AEG
Hiking7.81 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   2.23 mph
1,147 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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Day 5 of our five days of hiking the Arizona Trail. After another nice night of camping we mounted up all into one vehicle as we would be hiking back to camp from where we started yesterday afternoon. Once again we would be hiking thru the remnants of the 2006 Warm Fire for a good portion of the hike. From an article in 2016 ... onary-tale
When lightning first sparked the forest on the Kaibab Plateau, it was what fire ecologists consider a productive fire -- cleaning up the low lying fuels and small diameter trees within the mapped boundaries. Wally Covington who heads the Ecological Restoration Institute says the fire rolled along like this for more than two weeks burning 20,000 acres.
“Things were looking good there was a great deal of confidence until it escaped and then of course it was ‘oh my goodness,’” Covington said. That’s when wind gusts swirled and the fire raged out of control, scorching 600-year-old trees and jumping the only paved road to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Hundreds of visitors were trapped. Park service officials, firefighters and police led people on a web of forest roads out of the smoke to safety.
Martha Hahn who directed the Grand Canyon Trust at the time, said the Warm Fire became a cautionary tale.
which makes me wonder about the current "wildlands fire" that was burning to the SW of us.

The hike was a lot like yesterday afternoon with lanes of thick growing aspen and views toward very tall trunks that still loom above the landscape. And also like most of the hike, there were patches and lanes of wildflowers including the giant expired flower lupine. You go up and down and around not too far from the road. There are occasional stances of very tall ponderosa and of course areas with thistle and mullein.

As you round one of the bends you can see all the way to the Vermillion Cliffs above the Cliff Dwellers Lodge with views as far away as Navajo Mountain, though hazy and hard to shoot.We took a little break at not quite the 4 mile mark near an unnamed road and a tall stance of a few ponderosa.

The 300 foot drop in 1/2 mile was sure unexpected and you know, what goes down in hiking usually means you gotta go up. We hiked in a valley for a small bit before heading back up that 1/2 mile where we took our last break at Sixty Seven Apron. We spotted what we thot was Shawn's truck but realized that wasn't the case since we left the truck 5 3/4 miles back :lol: . I guess we're getting squirrely on the fifth day.

From there it's little ups and downs mostly in the open with aspen and such. Another hill comes at about the 6 1/2 mile point and drops down and up before the rest of the rolly poly hiking. You eventually end up on an old forest road that was probably used for logging. I love the grade of these roads to hike on. We came upon some raspberries so had to pick a few of those. There was a false forest summit when we thot we were in the forest taking us to camp only to realize, "nope, not quite yet". And two days in a row, I get to drink a 10:30AM beer.

We packed up our belongings and headed for Jacob Lake but NOT before stopping alongside a road for Shawn and Tracy to saw and move a log from the trail that they had noted from the day before hike. It was sprinkling off and on. We also took the road to wherever it would come out onto the highway so that was a bit of an adventure. For our last of 6 nites up here, we opted for a cabin at Jacob Lake. We had a great breakfast, the bacon is outstanding!

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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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