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North Rim AZT, AZ
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North Rim AZT, AZ 
North Rim AZT, AZ
 
Backpack77.00 Miles 5,600 AEG
Backpack77.00 Miles4 Days         
5,600 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
a four day backpack to complete the north rim sections of the azt with @johnlp
john originally wanted to finish with this, but timing and shuttle made it possible to do this fall
janie picked us up off of 89 friday afternoon after we cached water in two places
had dinner at jacob's lake lodge on the way to the north rim
i had secured a spot at the north rim campground after someone cancelled for friday night, making for a convenient start saturday morning

saturday, october 2nd
aspen were the theme for the next two and a half days - prime time :)
janie dropped us off at north kaibab trailhead just after 0800
chilly temps as we set off, passing widforss trailhead
we started seeing a few southbound thru-hikers
kinda fun to chat with some of them; not everyone wanted to stop
alternating forest and meadow, we arrived at the north rim entrance station
water was available there, and we had also cached a half gallon across the road
we stopped at the lookout tower - great views
hit the park boundary where we took a short break, then mostly meadow until a moderate ascent to the east rim viewpoint
another break, then picked up our cache at forest road 610
it would have been nice (and warmer) to camp up there, but we wanted to get in a little more distance
found a good campsite in an aspen grove just above tater canyon
the coldest night, with temps probably in the uppers 20s
i survived, even without the fleece i accidently left in my car :x
21.9 miles

sunday, october 3rd
i don't function well in the cold, so a sluggish start around 0720
we both wore all of our clothes and set off through tater canyon
beautiful aspen lined meadows on this passage
eventually the trail parallels highway 67
we stopped at telephone hill for a bit
just before that, the pine/aspen forest ended and an aspen filled old burn area began (warm fire?)
several miles of this
it was overcast and threatening rain for awhile
the aspen made this section much better than it might have been
again saw a few thru-hikers
we had planned to filter at the cement tank, but learned there was plenty of water available at murray lake trailhead two miles further
back in pine forest, ended up going another mile to camp
sitting on a rock watching a beautiful sunset while eating dinner in the forest was one of the highlights of the trip
much warmer temps this night
21.3 miles

monday, october 4th
six miles downhill to orderville trailhead, where we had cached water
even had a cup of coffee during our break :)
three passages done!
crossed 89a, still in pine forest until the edge of the mangum fire
the devastation went on for miles, and even the northern part of this passage wasn't very nice
half beautiful, half tied for least favorite segment
we arrived at winter road and went over to the wildlife tank to filter water
camped a mile into the last passage in pinyon/juniper terrain
our longest day at 24.3 miles

tuesday, october 5th
we knew there was a good chance of rain overnight
were rudely awakened by a nearby lightning strike and loud round of thunder about 0330
started raining around 0400 and went on until 0700
we quickly packed up, and just got light sprinkles on the hike out
the first part of this passage is great, again in junipers on good trail
more mangum fire damage in a completely toasted canyon wasn't as fun
dropped down the switchbacks to stateline campground for a successful finish to our trip
john was fighting some it band issues, so were happy to get a ride to my vehicle at buckskin gulch trailhead
headed home, stopping for lunch in page then enjoyed the series of storms on the drive back
9.5 miles

we crossed paths with 30-40 thru-hikers along the way, which was cool
plenty of water availability - only really needed the cache at forest road 610
wished (out loud) for my forgotten fleece a few times
packed the right amount of food, and we have our gear dialed in pretty well
this was our longest backpack, and the first time i've done three consecutive twenty mile days
held up well enough
we took a lot of photos the first two days, then not so many in the burned areas
mileage is from guthooks, aeg from the haz official tracks
special thanks to janie for the shuttle, and it was nice to camp together, too
thanks for another great trip, lp - good times!
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