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New Hance TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2021
BiFrost
Hiking13.49 Miles 5,335 AEG
Hiking13.49 Miles   10 Hrs   13 Mns   1.47 mph
5,335 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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We were looking to do something in the canyon but not an overnight so why not New Hance Trail as rim to river and back. The mileage is less than doing BA and SK but this trail is in a different category. We had hiked it before so at least we knew what to expect. Late start just after 930 since we drove up from Phx in the morning. Upper part of New Hance is very steep and slow going even downhill. We did have shade almost until reaching the red wall. Took a break there before continuing down to what we consider the easier part of the trail below the red wall. Some of our favorite stretch on New Hance is the Red Canyon proper which is like walking on the red planet. Final stretch is 1.5 miles down to the river where we ran into @jacobemerick and had a good conversation who was doing even a bigger loop Grandview and New Hance. Unfortunately it was getting hot so we didn't stop too long and continued on to the river. Found a shade tree to take our lunch break. First thing we noticed was the color of the Colorado which was a tan color. I've only seen it darker brown so that was different.

After lunch we started backup Red Canyon drainage which was quite warm by now just after 3pm. Even in the heat it's still a beautiful canyon and we enjoyed the hike back up trail. As we approached the bottom of the red wall started to get some welcome shade. Took another break on the red wall at the same spot from the morning. All shade by this time which was a good thing because when we did a water check we were both very low. Kathy had 1 liter and I only had 1/2 liter for 3 miles and 2500 feet of climbing. We also knew it would probably get dark before finishing so we were ready for that. On the plus side it was cooling off nicely and was able to make that 1/2 liter go a long ways. About 1 mile from the rim we took out the headlamps and turned them on about 15 minutes later around 645. Have to say it was very pleasant canyon hiking at night for that last stretch. We messed around with some night shots as we passed through the Coconino layer and generally took our time. Finally on top and another good canyon hike done!
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