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Sep 28 2018
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Round Valley DrawSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Backpack avatar Sep 28 2018
Hippy
Backpack19.00 Miles
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Our friends Jamie and Julia met us in Utah for our annual backpacking trip to celebrate my other half's birthday.
The four of us shuttled girl-Jamie's rent-a-jeep to the round Valley draw Trailhead after we left my Hyundai down at the Lowest Hackberry th.

Round Valley is gorgeous, my-jamie and I had been here three times before while prepping for the Hayduke Trail. It was good to be back.

The Round Valley route drops you right into a slot canyon after a mile or so of walking. The wash you've been walking in just suddenly develops a "crack" in it and then if you follow it a ways you realize there is a whole other world 30ft below you! You drop into the head of the crack, the beginning of the slot canyon.

Right away girl-Jamie and Julia were having to suck it up. The first down climb is slick and at a strange angle. Even I had to reevaluate before making the scramble down. Once you've committed it's a piece of cake.

We handed packs down then I helped the girls find their footing and hand holds. We celebrated and cheered when they overcame their fears of slipping down that wall.

There was one other place where one of our crew attempted to down climb a 12-15ft drop below a big choke stone in the middle of the slot. I imagine this forms a spectacular waterfall at the beginning of a flood!
The downclimb was not successful and they slipped, fell and landed on their side/back. From my perspective up.above them it looked as if their head hit a rock! Luckily they were fine I checked them over as soon as I got down. No head bumps or broken bones or anything, just some rock rash and scraped knees. Scary!! That could've been a lot worse. EVERYONE was much more dialed in after that.

I rummaged through our packs and pulled out our 45ft webbing and quickly rigged an easy handline. The remaining two of the crew climbed down safely with the help of the webbing. I lowered all our paths then set up the webbing to pull through in case I did need to use it.

This trip is dog friendly but I'd suggest having a dog that won't mind being lowered via rappel or hands for these two little obstacles.

The slot canyon was amazing, we followed it until it dumped us into the sandy bottomed Hackberry.
The walls of Hackberry are not looking and dusky as someone once described to me. They are inviting and welcoming. The beckon you to keep moving and to explore every nook and cranny! There were boulders to climb upon and tiny alcoves and caves to visit.

The first ten miles or so are dry and we spent our first night without a water resupply, which was fine. We each had 5 or 6 liters and used it literally. Day 2 we would be walking in water!

Day 2 saw us in the creekbed and witnessing hackberry flow gradually increase! I even got play in Mass amounts of quicksand. My-jamie once was following the right shoreline while the ladies and I stayed to the left, no reason, it just happened that way. We heard a big clomp and looked behind to see my-jamie up to his hips in water and mud! The side he was on had developed into quicksand and decided to open up where he stepped. Oops.

We spent night two on a large sandbar full of bees right along the water. It was absolutely gorgeous! I lit a few incense sticks to keep the bees away. We dug holes in the shallow creek to make a deep enough pocket to fill water from.

Day 3 saw us a mere 7 or 8 miles from my car at the trailhead and we were sad to go.
I honestly don't remember details of the trail regarding day 3. It all blends together.
Your feet are wet a lot of the last half. I brought extra socks but just wore regular boots and was fine. It was still warm in September and perfect!

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Aug 25 2018
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
4th Moron Festival, AZ 
4th Moron Festival, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
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Hiking9.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
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A "moron" is someone who hikes somewhere at a time they probably shouldn't (like rim to rim in July with no water or something stupid like that) so now a bunch of us get together every July or August for really ridiculous or long or simply fun offtrail hikes:

Eight or nine of us met near the GV fire tower, camped the night then started hiking bright and early... at 8am
We carpooled to GV TH and started walking back up the road about half a mile to the area where Old Grandview lays hidden.

It was fairly easy to find the Old TH especially with a handful of us all shouting directions and such.

The break through the Kaibab and Toroweap was much more straightforward than I expected. How Berry and Cameron got mules down certain sections we'll never know!

From the parking lot to the junction with the modern GV trail we took almost TWO hours. What were we doing!!?

The old trail was very fun, lots of old rusty stuff, old trail work too!

We hiked down off the east side of Horseshoe Mesa, there is a wicked redwall break south of the modern trail I gotta try that one!!

Finally, FINALLY, got to thoroughly explore some caves I've been aching to visit!! I may have had eye leakage when I finally saw the entrance to one I've wished to see for years :lol:

We explored two caves and oggled the entrance of a third that requires some bravado and climbing skills to enter. It was a vertical entrance, too much risk for me thanks.

Just before the caves we got to visit an old dried up spring, Harvey Butchart mentioned this spring in his logs as being dry in the 50s or 60s. Surprise! It's still bone dry. From the spring that cool redwall break was visible but only two of us were interested so we skipped it this trip
The use path out to the old spring is very obvious and we'll travelled. It's almost down the modern redwall break just east of where the modern trail turns north, above the Cottonwood switchbacks.

Before you go:
"Under the current park policy, All caves (with the exception of the Cave of the Domes on Horseshoe Mesa) are currently closed to visitation, except for research purposes. Please contact Edward Schenk, Physical Science Program Manager, for additional information (928) 638-7817."
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Jul 05 2018
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Subliminal Wanderings, AZ 
Subliminal Wanderings, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2018
Hippy
Hiking6.50 Miles 600 AEG
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Today we went out to Point Sublime in search of arch sites and routes down. We found both but also found neither

The arch sites we spotted were further away than we expected and requires a bit of dandy manuevering which I, at the time, was unable to execute. Dang.

We also discovered the two routes down from the area around the point. I was not even going to attempt them wearing chacos!

On the way back to the parking area we discovered an old cowboy camp complete with latrine, fire pit and some old wagon axles of some sort! Many nails were pounded into many trees in the area all at the same height, perhaps to hang canvas from to create a makeshift tent? Unsure.

I did notice the camp was within view of one of the archeological sites I'd seen on previous trips. This camp was not near either of the routes down that I know of.

July 4th the park service had graded the Point Sublime road, the section that descends into The Basin was smooth sailing, my Friend Andy has a Jeep with a clearance above my knee cap!! Unfortunately it was unnecessary this trip hah.

Three days after this trip our first great rain storm of the summer washed out the road and it is once more crippling to cross without a bit of clearance and good traction. My Hyundai Santa Fe has made the trip to Sublime 3 times only once via this road. I don't think I'll be attempting it again this year. Maybe with next year's vehicle.

My apologies for such vague descriptions or lack thereof. Some things aren't meant to be public and tossed around the internet.but send me a message if you're looking for a specific site I may be willing to help... sometimes.
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Jun 10 2018
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 Grand Canyon
Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2018
Hippy
Hiking12.00 Miles 670 AEG
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670 ft AEG
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Girl's day out and it was a warm one!
Took two NPS friends out to the gulch, neither had been before and it was a blast.

We discussed possible meanings for "graphs and glyphs" we saw along the way, explore some caves and tested a route up and out of the Gulch I heard about. It went!

If you visit this place please don't mess it up.

The hike is very straightforward and calm. Almost no elevation change and the path is well worn, 100 years ago it was barely even a cattle trail. For decades cattle roamed the area, some still sneak in. Nowadays the path we follow is entirely thanks to the cattle from the past...it's almost disgusting to think about it that way but having hiked through the entire length twice now...ugh, I'm grateful for the cow trail! :lol:

There are some reliable water sources I've found between the TH and Kanab Creek.

Table Rock Spring was definitely the best.

We must have walked right past Pigeon Spring, we never noticed it, it was dry on that side of the gulch.

Wildband Spring was reliable (in April 2018) and really cool from a historical point of view!!

Willow Spring also had reliable water in April 2018 and it was very tasty!

Rock Spring also had water same time.

Rumour has it Slide Canyon has Slide Spring, haven't had a chance to visit that one yet. If anyone has any info on it's reliability please let me know!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Table Rock Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Very reliable water source as of April 2018
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May 26 2018
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Tiyo Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
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Hiking12.10 Miles
Hiking12.10 Miles   3 Hrs      4.03 mph
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My best friend, Rachel, and I went out for a short day hike to Tiyo. Definitely one of my favorite strolls through the woods.

There are some gorgeous viewpoints off the trail we walked out to. It was incredibly windy out there.

I think this trail is Downhill both ways :lol:
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Feb 01 2018
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Nankoweap TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 01 2018
Hippy
Backpack115.00 Miles 10,000 AEG
Backpack115.00 Miles13 Days         
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Wayne Ranney had this genius idea to hike from Nankoweap to Phantom Ranch.
So he set up a motley Crew that included myself, my other half Jamie, geologist Kory Kirchner, Ornithologist Bryan Brown and wildland trekking guide Louie Herron.

Jamie put together the itinerary at a pretty luxurious pace.

Day 1: down Nankoweap camp at Nankoweap Creek.
Day 2: layover. Jamie, Louie and Kory summitted Nankoweap Mesa. Bryan and I filtered water and explored the area found some kickin' sites. Same camp.

Day 3: the beginning of "the Butte fault boogie" myself and the 3 boys summitted Nankoweap Butte. Camped In Kwagunt Creek, why Kwagunt? Why not?

Day 4: up, down, up, down then up again to camp on Awatubi or was it Malgosa saddle?
There are no trails out here. Barely even deer paths. This is grand canyon proper. Even though there is mostly not a "trail" there is an obvious "way" but it might not be obvious to all backpackers.

Day 5: hike down carbon then over to "little lava" aka Lava Chuar. My dear friends KC & Clint packrafterd across the River and meet us at Lava-chuar from here on out we were a group of 7 instead of 5!
(They paid for the entire 13 day permit even though they were only with us after from today on, dedication!!)

Day 6: layover at Little lava also known as "Beaver Camp" due to the active little beavers across the river! They're huge, like bear cubs!

Day 7: up lava Chuar. Camp below north rim. Beautiful area, fresh water, very chilly tonight though. Heard some coyote in the distance, maybe down canyon from whence we came.

Day 8: up and over Juno Saddle down into Unkar Creek. Camped on ledges near spring, reliable delicious water! Up to Juno Saddle was straight up and very brushy but worth every step! Had to watch out, it was so steep Jamie's feet were at my eye level, almost got a heel in my face once or twice :lol: camping in Unkar near the spring was so rewarding,that whole area was beautiful and so much to explore, I could spend a lifetime out there.

Day 9: rest of way down Unkar to Delta, head downstream to Rattlesnake camp, up to The Tabernacle summit then down west side to camp on Tapeats slickrock between Sheba and Solomon Temples (which only I found greatly amusing. You might want to look up the story of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon hah)

Day 10: contour to some amazing places. I was tempted to camp in the only privately owned land inside Grand canyon national park...but we had a schedule to keep. Next time Messers Hance and Herst...next time! Camped tonight in Vishnu Creek with stunning view of Vishnu Temple! Awesome ledge camp developed by who I wonder...we may never know. Maybe Kenton Grua.

Day 11: contour. Contour. Countour. By this day we hated that word.

"To contour in Grand Canyon you must first go up, but to go up you must first go down. Only then may you achieve the enlightenment that is The Contour" -Haley Day 11.
Camped this night on some slick Tapeats ledges above east arm of Clear Creek proper.

Day 12: started morning off with clouds and gorgeous sunrise, gingerly stepped down a beautiful Tapeats break, did brunch in group camp at Clear Creek camp (I've still never actually camped there haha) spent next 2.5 hours CONTOURING Clear Creek Trail to Phantom Ranch in the rain.
This rain was on and off and very warm with a very cold breeze. 5/7 of us camped tonight at Phantom Ranch in the covered groupsite! Kory and Louie shacked up with the Phantom Ranchers and let them shower haha no thanks, I wanted to wallow in my two week canyon filth as long as possible.

Day 13: regrouped with K and L, all 7 of us hiked out South Kaibab Trail. Snow at very tiptop. Tomorrow is Valentine's day and there will be snow on the rim. Absolutely perfect!

*Mileage and AEG is estimated as I didn't bother tracking anything because I was having way too much fun out there.

I could go into more detail but this area of the canyon is special to me. I believe you know to some extent it is my duty to keep locations of things a secret/safe... but if you have any questions please ask!

The rocks are fantastic...

Did you know Karl Karlstrom is presenting new evidence that the 60 Mile Formation (rock layer) is actually much younger than they originally thought and it's being reclassified as a member of the TONTO GROUP?! That's amazing!!

Anyway, you may have done the math by now. Wayne Ranney could not join us, he had unfinished business elsewhere :( but he did drop us off at Nankoweap Trailhead and we all got to have dinner and breakfast at Cliff Dwellers on Jan 31st.

Jamie and I are planning another trip out Trinity way maybe we can get Wayne and Helen and Jack P. to join us. Only time will tell.
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Jan 16 2018
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Hack CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2018
Hippy
Hiking14.00 Miles
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Lower hack Cyn trailhead via Hack Canyon road was easy access for the area we wanted to place our food caches.
The road had a few "fun moments" only twice did I have to kick my boyfriend out of the passenger seat giving me less worry as I proceeded to roll over rocks that were much larger than the clearance allotted by my Hyundai Santa Fe (similar to a Subaru Forester).

On the drive out I absolutely bottomed out on the very last obstacle (or first, if you're heading in from sunshine road). I was able to back up and realign my tires to use those large rocks as steps. I'll probably need new tires this summer but I didn't burn rubber or anything exciting.
My Hyundai has definitely been on worse roads this side of the Colorado River :lol:

Recommend high clearance, AWD or 4WD, a passenger car wouldn't make it very far, but if you try it please let me know how far you got!

My Hyundai was able to make it to the lower trailhead (the upper TH might be doable for a low riding passenger car!! Try it out let me know :lol: )

Accidentally camped Monday night 200ft from Hack Canyon mine due to dim headlights and creekbottom plus I was exhausted from driving...they use to mine copper then Uranium, yay. Let's stop those mines yeah?
Drove last 3 or so miles to the TH at sunrise amidst the throng of cattle...

6.7 mile hike down Hack Cyn one way, very gradual, easy jaunt down and back.

On the way down we carried 5 days worth of food, a five gallon homer bucket each as well as 1 gallon of water each and what was supposed to be an additional 2L for the hike.

The days worth of food, buckets and gallons of h20 were stashed above Kanab Creek somewhere up Lawson canyon. That'll be out resupply about halfway through a 3 week trip coming up this April.

I made sure to stash gummy bears and whiskey in my cache!! hehehe

The hike itself was straightforward, follow the cow paths down the creekbed and try not to step in the pies.

Willow Spring was listed as a water source somewhere online...just don't.
Check my photos for a lovely shot of what we're calling Feces Fountain. Nasty!

Hack makes easy access to Chamberlain Canyon, Kanab Creek off course, Lawson Canyon and JumpUp, it's also pretty easy albeit a haul down to the Colorado River (not a dayhike).

Hack as a dayhike would be great for families, kids etc.

There is also an "upper Trailhead" that requires a bit of ledge hopping and possibly some scrambling until you reach Feces Fountain, I mean Willow Springs. From there it's all a walk.
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Dec 13 2017
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Gemi-noid Meteor Shower, AZ 
Gemi-noid Meteor Shower, AZ
 
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We returned to our winter home on the South Rim just two days ago. After a few days of "training" we had a random holiday party and were invited to view the meteor shower.

Myself, my good friend Frank, his lady friend Ceilia, our co-worker William, the "new guy" and our general manager "Romulus" all headed out to Moran Point at 830pm.

We rolled out our sleeping pads, yoga mats and curled up into our sleeping bags then lay back to enjoy the show.

Clear skies at first with maybe 1 meteor a minute.

As the clouds rolled in around 9pm we started seeing half a dozen in one breath!

Around 930 we were starting to chill and the clouds were thick except due west. That was when the show went wild!

We saw two greenish blue HUGE meteors and three that were the whitest white imaginable all at once, a few yellows but mostly white "stars" would shoot down across the sky seemingly "landing" at Point Sublime from our view.

The most we each counted in one minute was 23. Which was pretty darned amazing I think!

The "new guy" kept calling them "gemi-noids", maybe he's from the Bronx or something?? Hence the title ;)

Wonderful night back home with old friends.

Funny..."old friends" use to be "the boys", has it been 4 years already??m
hey, you know who you are, miss all you crazy kids. Come hike my backyard with me :)
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Nov 24 2017
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Pinal Point - Grand CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2017
Hippy
Hiking7.00 Miles 370 AEG
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370 ft AEG
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Rim walk out to the edge and such. Pattering around hunting sherds and ruins.
Beautiful day.

Papago and Zuni points are also very pretty. It is nice to get away. Never tourists out here. Shhhhh
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Nov 22 2017
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Indian Hollow Esplanade Tom Foolery, AZ 
Indian Hollow Esplanade Tom Foolery, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 22 2017
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Backpack33.00 Miles 3,330 AEG
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Spent 5 days out in GC on what turned out to be some sort of archeologists paradise.

Parked my vehicle at Indian Hollow Campground, the 3 of us (me, Jamie and our good friend Dennis Foster) rode in Dennis's truck to Jumpup-Naile Trail which is just before Sowats Point but reached on the same road.

Late noon:30 start. Down the trail in 45mins that trail is steep and loose pebbly stuff the whole way down, it's a coconino break what do you expect.

Shade break under the cottonwood there, located the pack horse trail heading south, also running water within 5mins of the cottonwoods.

About 7 miles from the car to first camp, we stayed in this camp 3 nights!

Day 2, 5-6 mils exploring...Hiked to two different springs in the area and explore 4 native American arch sites as well as 3+ pioneer historic sites.
What an area! (Yeah, being vague on purpose, deal with it)

Day 3, 8 miles total across Esplanade to Racetrack Knoll, summit, then back. This made my 21st Grand Canyon summit. Back to camp.

Day 4 (6 or 7mi) up and over Fishtail Mesa saddle, unfortunately did not take time to summit Fishtail Mesa :( good thing too, reaching camp that night was interesting. We went up and over the saddle from the NW side, down The East facing side to the Esplanade...then it got HOT. The guys carried 6-8 liters of water, I had 5.5 myself and when we reached camp that night we have 2 liters total between us all... whaaaaaat?? How do three humans even drink that much!!

Anyway, hit the Esplanade headed east toward Fishtail Canyon and set up camp under the "pancake rock". It was 3pm.i pitched our tent Because the men decided to head down to grab water from a spring that was situated 1500ft below us... "150ft above the Redwall" it's 3:20pm when we left...barely hour and half if sunlight :lol:
We reached the spring right as last tiny bit of dusky light was waning. I led the way up the insane route back to the Esplanade.

This spring has some seriously awesome historic trail construction, crazy routed Cairns, a wee mite bit of exposure, it took 2hrs to get to it and an hour and 45mins to get back (in the dark). Finding the exact route down was generally quite fun!
If you're ever in the Fishtail Canyon area hit me up and I'll help ya solve this jigsaw puzzle of a water source.

12 liters of water hiked out that fun route with us. We got to camp and went to bed the latest night of the trip! 9pm in the bags! Record setting.

Next morning (day 5) we explored more arch and History sites in the area including a stunning panel out near Cranberry Canyon, whoo!

Headed east on Esplanade again to the bottom of Yee Ole Thunder River Trail. That thing was hard to find from a west approach. Much easier to access from the east. The break through the coconino is obvious from any angle in that area so head for that and you'll find the trail tucked away in two very tiny "ravines" it goes up up up quickly and in the heat it would be brutal. I think it's 2 miles? From Esplanade to Rim. have to double check that. We were out around 1pm shuytled my car back to sowats, Dennis took his truck we all meet up at Big Saddle Camp where Jamie and I had to check on a few things. We then explored the uppermost part of the Crazy Jug Route aka Big Saddle Route ala The Cowboy Trail (you'll hear more on this route in May 2018 from me)

Early dinner at Jacob lake...just kidding it was packed! We grabbed some munchies and all headed our ways. Dennis back to flagstaff, Jamie and I got a hotel in Kanab and visited the north rim next day to see friends.
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Nov 07 2017
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Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,340 AEG
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Occasionally I come down from the heavens and hike amongst the common folk.

Speaking of...WHY are there SO many people out here at noon?! Gosh...
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Sep 30 2017
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Vulcans ThroneNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
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Jamie and I took two friends out for a weekend

Evening hike to Vulcan's summit
Skiing down cinders on the south slope

Ascent up north slope, all sides the same. Familiar names in register. Not too many HAZzers...hmmm...

Tarantulas and an alien disguised as a Jerusalem cricket

Todd seliga special visit

Wondering why I don't spend more weekends out here?!

It was only like a 2 1/2 hour drive!

The road was great. Last 2 miles from park "gate" to Campground had a few spots that were fun, definitely need high clearance.


Going from the first 3 campsites down the little hill past the first compost loo is a bit trickier and I wasn't feeling like trying to get my little AWD down that this time around.

Favorite campsite is # 2, it faces east, no other campsites or any people in view.
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Sep 30 2017
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Tuckup Trail & Esplanade exploring, AZ 
Tuckup Trail & Esplanade exploring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
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Left tuweep campground on Tuckup trail to explore "that one little Canyon". There is a spring Jamie wanted to explore.

Turns out it wasn't easily accessible and it was a pretty hot day for September!

I caught up below the canyon rim and we climbed out the Supai to wander out to a "point" way out on the Esplanade which requires some interesting Boulder hopping and avoiding what might be wonderfully thirst quenching tinajas when full of water!

Found random Cairns out there with no sign of human trail in the soil...they didn't seem to go anywhere but you never know!!
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Sep 24 2017
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Old Paria Townsite, UT 
Old Paria Townsite, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2017
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East of Kanab, Utah
Short scenic dirt road off main highway
Old movie set burned down

4WD drive to Paria River and abandoned/ghost town site...we walked the road and then some

Stunning petrified Forest member rock formations

Pioneer cemetery

Paria River good flow, Beautiful fall colors

Old mining site

Really fun to hike "up river" and explore. Never know what you'll find...
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Sep 23 2017
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Little Sowats, AZ 
Little Sowats, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
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Wilderness trail down to spring with old cowboy water trough.

Little Sowats continues up canyon into Big Sowats (more on this next spring! Stay tuned)

Three springs, one in wall, the others down a secret place, one drips 50 feet down into the stream made by the first two.

1/4 mile from first spring with cowboy stuff canyons open up, 5 miles down to Sowats-Jumpup junction at Esplanade level.

2nd and 3rd spring are in coconino...
1st spring is in Kaibab...

Definitely goes. (More on that in spring)

Lots of turkeys out there! Huge jackrabbits. Bobcat tracks. Lion scat.

Easy to get to if you happen to be in the area otherwise possibly not worth the 9 hour drive from Phoenix on its own...connect with other trip to explore. Give 3 hours for drive (in and out from Jacob lake) and hike to springs.
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Jul 29 2017
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Old Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
Hippy
Hiking13.50 Miles 4,100 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   10 Hrs      1.35 mph
4,100 ft AEG
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Day hike with 5 great Canyon hiker companions, Jamie Compos, Doug Nering, Erik Baldwin, Frank Feagans and Adrian Jantzi. (Somehow they all managed to keep up with me ;) :lol: )

Started on "the old road" that heads down the small drainage that leads to Kendrick Trail's Ice Box Meadow. This old road can be found at the junction of the Point Imperial and Cape Royal turnoffs. (Check a map)

We then followed Kendrick just about a mile to the Old BA Trailhead.

Lots or fresh lion sign and scat on Kendrick and multiple more signal below along OBA

The top 50ft of Old BA are Probably the most "difficult" part of the old trail.
There is however a switch back at the very top (on the rim) hidden by gambel oak...if you can find that hidden switchback you can easily follow it along a gentle slope for that "difficult 50ft".

We didn't so that...so we slipped and slid and hooted and hollered for 50ft until the next incredibly obvious section of trail.

From there on out it was smooth sailing all the way to Roaring Springs!
The sign says 7 miles... we're not sure it's that much but hey, that's what the sign says ;)
We were guessing maybe 5.5 miles at the most it was a long steep route but definitely not 7mi...or is it?!?

The Redwall rim has a sweet clear "stream" in it right now and we enjoyed cooling off in that by splashing like children from the edge..

The Redwall rim traverse was my favorite part, very very easy to follow (I'll post pics of that later) but absolutely gorgeous views, wonderful day and such great company!

Sneaking through the Muave was fun and led us to a "secret stream" I heard some folks call it Emmett Creek?
Any HAZzers ever heard of that?

Winding out along the east wall in Muave ls and BA Shalethe power lines came into view and the dull roar of roaring Springs was finally clear.

We leapt across Tapeats ledges to get to a large sunny flat of Tapeats for lunch break and water fun. We then headed to the pumphouse where Jamie presented the 12 beers he'd stashed in his pack early that morning.

It wasn't until the Redwall along North Kaibab Trail that we pulled out the 32oz Refuge IPA and celebrated the day properly!

From the pumphouse was saw deer at Roaring Springs and danced on the helipad and got nauseated by the chlorine gas from the filtration station we were near.
After beers we crawled up a slope (not the trail of course) and somehow managed to reach NK trail and up up we went.

Ended the day with pizza and beer and wine at the North Rim Employee Pub.
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Jul 17 2017
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2017
Hippy
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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#myjobisbetterthanyours
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Jul 15 2017
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Powell PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 15 2017
Hippy
Backpack12.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
3,000 ft AEG
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Jamie and I, and our friend Nate hiked out Saturday morning, 10am, from Swamp Point.

Trail is in great condition.

Dry camped halfway out to Dutton Point overlooking North Bass
Spent Saturday exploring west rim of PowPlat

30+ ruins
Hundreds of potsherds
Two granaries below the rim spotted with the new Binoculars!

8 LITERS of water each hauled up. Half a liter left when returned to my car Sunday around 4pm.

Road from DeMotte to Swamp Point is in decent condition, well, better than last year I'd say!

There four "big puddles" my little AWD Hyundai Santa Fe ( :lol: ) made it through all them without any problems.

Two downed trees after the park boundary closer to Swamp, left at the first and right at the second, seems they've been down long enough to have detours well routed :(

They should be cleared in the next week.
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Jul 10 2017
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2017
Hippy
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Rainy day on NK

This is what I do for work. Take people down NK from the General Store and back. Life is good.
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Jul 07 2017
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2017
Hippy
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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