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2021-04-24  
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Marion PointNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2021
friendofThundergod
Hiking12.30 Miles 3,462 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles
3,462 ft AEG
 
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We spent the weekend exploring the lower elevations of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. On Saturday, I made a quick detour into the National Park to summit Marion Point while Katie waited with the dogs on the rim.

The hike out to the rim was nearly perfect for conditions, cool temps, breezy and cloudy. The climb to the rim was as strenuous as I had remembered, even with a lighter pack, but we still made pretty good time to the rim. The dogs enjoyed the cooler temps on the hike in and the dramatic clouds made for some nice scenery. We found a scenic spot for Katie to hang a hammock and take an extended break with the pups and then I took off for Marion Point.

I left the trail At 1.5 miles at the unmistakable Marion Point campsite. From there, stay high on the ridge line until its obvious end; traverse west of the small pinnacles at the beginning of the off trail approach. From the end of the ridgeline, pick your way along some obvious breaks in the crumbly cliff bands until you reach the narrow neck that connects Marion Point to the ¨rim¨ of the Grand Canyon. An obvious gully and some light scrambling will get you through the neck and up and going on the long ridge of Marion Point. I stayed as high as I could along the spine of Marion Point as I made my way out along the jutting summit. The narrow neck visible on the approach is not as narrow as it looks, but it’s still a fun aspect of the summit approach. There is some pretty decent exposure to the west if you stick high to the ridge on your approach, use caution. I did not spend much time on the summit proper and turned around after a quick sign of the register. Exiting Marion and reaching the main trail seemed to go even smoother on the return. I got back to Katie and the dogs after just over 3 hours and 30 minutes. After a long break and some relaxing in the hammock we hiked back the way we hiked in.

A great summit with a moderate approach and terrific scenery along the way. The off trail portion was engaging and fun and the route finding generally straightforward. The howling winds on Saturday added a little spice to the approach and return. This was my 40th Grand Canyon Summit.
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