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Cardenas - Escalante Loop, AZ
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Cardenas - Escalante Loop, AZ 
Cardenas - Escalante Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2020
Hiking8.04 Miles 3,710 AEG
Hiking8.04 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   2.09 mph
3,710 ft AEG   4 Hrs   30 Mns Break
1st trip
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A friend and I got tired of waiting for the ice to melt off the Four Peaks and were looking to do some scrambling. Ended up heading to the Grand Canyon to climb up Cardenas and Escalante Buttes.

First half mile of the Tanner Trail was icy and impassable without spikes. The ice is melting off quickly though, and it won't be long until it's clear.

Started with Cardenas. Views differ from Escalante in that you get a good look down toward Tanner Rapids. Minor scrambling, but enough to satisfy. No real exposure, and there are routes that minimize any climbing.

Went down the ridge toward Escalante. This was my favorite part. Great views and fun work getting down to the saddle and then up Escalante. The hop to the summit is a little freaky but not bad. Decided to not jump back and instead jump down off the Boulder. Ended up slamming my knees into the adjacent rock. Made for a tough trip home.

On Tanner back up we met a backcountry ranger and had a long talk about the canyon. That was the only person we saw all day apart from the car-touring folks on Lipan Point.
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