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North Rim AZT, AZ
mini location map2021-10-02
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North Rim AZT, AZ 
North Rim AZT, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 02 2021
johnlp
Backpack77.00 Miles 5,600 AEG
Backpack77.00 Miles4 Days         
5,600 ft AEG
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1st trip
Kelly and I planned a 3 1/2 day backpack, that includes 5 AZT passages from the north rim to the terminus at the Utah border. Setting up the shuttle and caching water took us a full day. The dirt roads in to Stateline (AZT terminus) are not suitable for low clearance vehicles. We left Kelly's vehicle near the Utah border. My wife drove us south from there to the north rim where we all spent the night in a NPS campground.
We got started on segment #39 Saturday morning to cool clear weather with an aggressive schedule of three consecutive 21+ mile days. The final day would only be 10 miles so we could finish up early enough to drive home at a decent hour.
The aspen trees are at peak now. Vivid golds and some reds mixed in. Beautiful. We hiked 19 miles to our first water cache, then a couple more miles and found a campsite for the night. Temps got down into the upper 20's. Cold, but we survived just fine.
Day two we hiked through more aspen including up to a lookout tower at 9100 ft, then through an old burn full of young aspen.
We started bumping into south bound through hikers. It was fun to chat with them and trade info. As we hiked north we slowly dropped in elevation. Our camp the second night was in the pines with a few aspen around. Nice sunset.
In the morning we set off towards our next cache at Hwy 89A and were eventually out of the colorful aspens. Soon we hiked into more burned landscape where part of the AZT is bypassed. We eventually worked our way into juniper and pine forest towards the end of passage 42. We filtered water and found a nice campsite a half mile into the final passage.
During the night thunder, lightning, and rain finally hit. The weather had been threatening for a day. After 3+ hours the rain stopped so we broke camp and headed out to finish our trip. Before long we were back in burn which would last all the way to end of the trail. Hopefully the area will recover soon. It got hit pretty hard. It felt good to reach the monument signifying the end of the Arizona Trail.
This was a long wonderful, at times grueling, trip. Had a great time. I only have 5 more passages to finish the AZT. Many thanks to Kelly and Janie for making this happen. :)
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