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East North South Loop, AZ
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East North South Loop, AZ 
East North South Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2020
chumley
Hiking6.05 Miles 2,487 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.63 mph
2,487 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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We arrived on the north rim ahead of a planned backpacking trip with plenty of time for an afternoon hike before settling in for the night, so we opted to take this nice easy 2500 aeg stroll just to get our legs warmed up for the next day. :sweat:

We knew we'd be fighting daylight so we kept a good pace down the hill. Some patches of snow remained which made for a nice contrast with the autumn colors which were more abundant than expected.

We reached the bottom and turned up on the North Canyon Trail. After a few hundred yards we encountered a picturesque running stream. Since I hadn't read anything about this hike ahead of time, this was a great surprise and really made the hike more special. The trail gradually got steeper and climbed up past the spring through a really beautiful forest of white pine and aspen on a hillside covered in snow.

After regaining most of the elevation we had dropped, we reached the AZT. The sun had set and the temperature plummeted fast. A beautiful moon rose over the painted desert as we finished the loop. The thermometer dropped to 34 within minutes of being back in the truck as we headed toward a night of camping at Swamp Point.

This is a solid loop and the springs and creek at the upper end of the North Canyon Trail are a real treat to hike along.
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