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Azt #35 #36 & #37, AZ
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Azt #35 #36 & #37, AZ 
Azt #35 #36 & #37, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 30 2021
trekkin_gecko
Backpack68.80 Miles 4,323 AEG
Backpack68.80 Miles4 Days         
4,323 ft AEG
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1st trip
john had these three passages on his list for awhile
his co-worker kindly agreed to shuttle us, so the trip was on

sunday was a long day, leaving town around 0400
first we cached three gallons of water at forest road 320 where it crosses the trail north of moqui trailhead
hiked red butte on the way back to 180
drove into grand canyon national park and cached three gallons near grandview lookout
the park was an absolute zoo on memorial day weekend
we had lunch and grabbed dinner to go at the general store, then met our shuttle driver at the visitor center
joe dropped us off at cedar ranch trailhead around 1400
we hiked four miles to tub ranch, where we took a long break and filled up on water
decided to go another few miles with heavy packs stopping just before the turn onto single track
found a nice campsite and enjoyed sweeping views and cloud action before turning in

set out monday on the newer singletrack
had some cloud cover and even a thunderclap (not my favorite thing)
this trail is not the most scenic, especially the road walk
pretty exposed with little vegetation until further north
we made it to moqui and checked out the stage station
one passage down
went another four miles to our water cache, took a long dinner break and continued on
passed through the russell tank area and saw probably 30-40 feral horses going down to the tank for a drink
this was an odd area, and we wanted to get away from the horses before camping
found a nice enough campsite along russell wash

up before sunrise tuesday, we packed up and continued north
this passage was my favorite of the trip
singletrack through ponderosa pine, beautiful terrain
arrived at grandview lookout for another passage done
went up on the tower, which was closed, and had nice views of the north rim
got to our water cache and took a snack break
we had an ongoing discussion about how far we would try to get, with the goal a shorter finish on wednesday
ended up with another ten miles, taking breaks along the way
we also missed a turn, and it cost us two miles, uphill on the return in the sun ](*,)
found a good campsite only 4.5 miles from tusayan
another nice section in the pines, even the parts on two track

up early again on wednesday with only 13 miles to go
easy walk into tusayan, where we got a gallon of water for the finish
shortly after that point, the trail is mostly on bike paths
finished up at south kaibab amid hordes of tourists, got a photo and jumped on the orange bus
found my car and hit the road
had lunch in williams, gas in bellmont and were home late afternoon

notes:
somewhere around moqui, i developed a hot spot on the ball of my foot, which bothered me quite a bit the rest of the hike
we were happy with our water cache placements and the mileage we did each day, setting us up for an easy finish
water is heavy, even with an ultralight kit :sweat:
we did not see one hiker the entire trip, not counting the finish near south kaibab
saw three mountain bikers on babbitt ranch, one of them bikepacking
this was our longest backpack to date and we both felt it was a success
afternoons were mid 80s with occasional cloud cover, nights relatively warm between 50 and 60 degrees
great to get three more segments done :)
i've really enjoyed doing these with john, especially the backpacking
there's nothing like that first cup of coffee before sunrise, or kicking back in camp in the evening after a good long hike
thanks john, great trip!
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