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Grand FallsNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2021
adilling
Hiking1.35 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking1.35 Miles
250 ft AEG
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Stop #2 of the day for our Road Trip up north. After visiting Monument Valley earlier, we set off for Grand Falls. I get an email from the USGS when the flow of the Little Colorado River exceeds 400 cfs at the Winslow measuring station. On Sunday it had over 8000 cfs passing through and 4000-3500 cfs for Monday and Tuesday, so I knew it would be flowing good.

We had a steady supply of thunderstorms all the way down the 160 to Tuba City and then down the 89 towards Flagstaff. It cleared up a little as we approached little the summit near Sunset Crater, but we could see the dark clouds and lightning off to the east. It looked like Ireland all the way down from Kayenta. I have never seen the Navajo land so green.

The road in from the Leupp road was in great shape. It was a little muddy, but an easy drive in. We had to make a few detours to get around a few "mini lakes" that had popped up, but it was a clear shot to the falls. There were a few people there when we arrived about 5pm. It was very windy and raining on and off. The lightning was the scary parts. The falls were flowing stronger than I have ever seen. Such a display!

The biggest cell moved west, so I got out and start exploring. I had a tripod and my Nikon ready to go. The area directly south of the falls was getting the brunt of the spray from the falls. So, my first few attempts were aborted when I got totally soaked, along with my poor camera. I opted to take some shots from up on the top and along the eastern edges.

The rain would come and then go, but the sun did appear for a few minutes before we left. The wind was strong the entire time.

It was a great day to visit this place and I am happy to have made the trip. The flow was really heavy and it truly lived up to it's nickname of the "Chocolate Falls" on this day. Willie Wonka and the Oompa Loompas would have been right at home for sure.

Gotta love all of the treasures on the Colorado Plateau. When the rains come, this place becomes heaven.
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