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5 by photographer avatarJoelHazelton
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Grand FallsNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2009
JoelHazelton
Hiking1.35 Miles 210 AEG
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210 ft AEG
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With the warm weather forecasted this weekend, I decided it was a good time to head up north and revisit a place that has been on my mind a lot lately.

I drove up to Grand Falls with my girlfriend and a friend of hers with some sandwich fixens', a couple Sam Adams and a bottle of wine. After arriving and eating, we hiked down to the bottom and slogged around through the mud. Last year when I was here the bottom was nothing near as muddy as it was today, but the falls were also running much stronger today. We messed around for a while and then got fed up with the mud and headed back to the top. The girls got all set up with their books and blankets in the bed of my truck, overlooking the falls, and then I high-tailed back down to the bottom with camera stuff to catch the good light. First I revisited last years composition, tired myself of that, then ventured to the other side, climbed to the middle level of the falls, and set up there. Other than the mist constantly hitting my lens, I was pretty happy with the unique view I had found. As the light faded, I was getting disappointed with the lack of interesting sunset, when suddenly everything around me started to illuminate and the sky turned straight pink. The entire landscape surrounding me suddenly started to glow, and I realized I was experiencing the type of sunset photographers dream about at night. Talk about pressure! I tried to make the best of it, although I truly wasn't prepared for something so rare and beautiful.

I've been checking the USGS water data the past few days and, after a huge jump in CFS a few days ago, the LCR has been slowly dropping in Winslow and rising in Cameron... Today it was running at 1300 CFS in Winslow and 1300 CFS in Cameron. That lead me to believe that it would be running at 1300 CFS right between the two, at Grand Falls. It was quite beautiful and there was a lot of water. I would say anything over 1000 cfs in Cameron should allow for a good Grand Falls experience.
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