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Mar 19 2019
jajohnson11
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29 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Temporal Gulch Trail #595Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2019
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Hiking6.10 Miles 2,369 AEG
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To call this overgrown is the understatement of the year! Extreme overgrowth. Took this is an alternate on my 150 mile AZT section hike. It took a full day and a half to make 17 miles because of the overgrowth here and the massive snow on the north / east slopes coming off Baldy. Beautiful and well worth the effort. Just remember, it is overgrown!
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Jan 03 2019
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 Tucson, AZ
Bren MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking1.80 Miles 1,609 AEG
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My girlfriend and I went right up the west side from Gates Pass TH. You can see the route from the parking lot. Pretty easy. Would recommend trekking poles to help combat the scree. No scrambling required, all XC hiking. There is an option to scramble up to the summit which we did but it wasn't necessary. Beautiful views from this peak. Shorter but more difficult (maybe?) than Golden Gate. Next in the area will be Tower / Bushmaster. Enjoy the Tucson Mountains while the weather is great!
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Dec 30 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Rattlesnake PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2018
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Hiking10.00 Miles 4,290 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.43 mph
4,290 ft AEG
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Wanted to bag one more Catalina peak before the new year and Rattlesnake seemed the perfect choice!
Not too difficult until the final ridge. Wish I would have read the triplog better because I followed the final ridge the whole way up instead of dropping down and had some difficult PUD's that were completely unnecessary. Didn't make the same mistake coming back though which saved quite a bit of time and energy.
Also decided to go right over the summit of peak 5085 on the way up. There did not seem to be a safe way off this mini summit so I backtracked a hundred feet or so and got back to business.
The summit: wow. Just wow. One of my favorite views in the Catalinas so far. Up close views of cathedral, window and Kimball were the best. Snow all around, which made some of the approach to the summit a little more difficult than without. Almost slipped on some ice at one point!
There were two summit registers: a jar from the SAHC 2014 summit which was hidden under a rock. And an ammo can put up recently on the high point next to some Cairns. I took the liberty of consolidating these registers :)
Next in the area will definitely be McCragg Falls.
Thanks as always for the tracks HAZ.
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Dec 19 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Peak 5110 - Pusch Ridge WildernessTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2018
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Hiking8.30 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   7 Hrs      1.19 mph
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My buddy Matt was in town still and after he enjoyed a cross country scramble two weeks previously up to peak 5430 we decided we had to do this one. It looks impossible from the front but from 5430 you can see a possible route up the back (like elephant head!)
Luckily rvcarter mentioned that his friend Frank had done the peak many times and without tech gear so we knew it was possible. Flew up to Romero pools and and at the upper pools we took a nice break and enjoyed the scenery. We met another hiker here who was coming back from a Mt. Lemmon day hike attempt and visiting from out of town. Told him what we were doing and he seemed interested so as I always do I invited him to join us. Shockingly he said yes!

Had a great time the 3 of us bagging this peak. Summit was amazing and well worth it. Not going to be at this peak nearly as many times as Frank but I might go back. Next up in the area will be peaks 6001 and golder dome.
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Dec 08 2018
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29 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland Ridge - Peak 5430Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2018
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Hiking10.60 Miles 3,747 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.41 mph
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Couldn't have asked for better weather than we had today. The peaks on west side of the Catalina's have always been on my radar and have enjoyed hiking every one of them. After a failed attempt at Golder Dome last weekend (only ran out of daylight, made it to the saddle and turned around.) Decided to give this one a go with my buddy who was in town. Flew up the trail and made it to the XC junction in about 45 minutes. The going through the canyon was beautiful! So much water and fun climbs and maneuvers to get up and down all the rocks. We decided to head up to the saddle near 5430 near the same point of rvcarter's down route. This was the longest section of the hike. The usual for Catalina mountain XC ie shin daggers, bushwacking, tumbling rocks, crumbly rocks etc. At the saddle we had the first bump to get over which had some dense bushwacking. Amazing views the whole time up here. After that was a short decent to the final saddle. Left the trekking poles there (which was probably a mistake since we had to go out of our way to come back for them.) We scaled along the NORTH SIDE to get up to the summit which was definitely NOT the easiest route. It required a very tight chimney, and what easily could have been the higher limit of class 3 scrambling. The summit was amazing! Enjoyed being the 3rd and 4th hikers to summit this mandatory peak for any avid Tucson Hiker. Amazing views of Cathedral, Pusch, Big Horn, Table, Kimball, 57910 etc. Also great view of Golder Dome and its saddle where I was last weekend. Enjoyed the hike down. All in all a great day of hiking and would love to do 6001 in the near future- which will have to wait until Golder Dome has been done. I also got some ideas for other peaks in the area... Hope to do my first write up here soon. As always, thanks for the tracks HAZ!
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Feb 11 2018
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29 male
 Joined Feb 01 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
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This has been on my radar for quite some time, and it did not disappoint! Route finding was minimal minus some of the climbing sections. There are 2 maneuvers that might be class 4. Exposure minimal. All in all a great hike. Happy to have checked this one off the list.
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Dec 28 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Thimble PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2017
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,375 AEG
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Clear sailing until the summit. Fun little climb up the chimney. The chain ladder is a bit sketchy but made for a fun ascent. This would be a fun one to do again!
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Nov 19 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Buster Plus - Peak 5791 - Mount LemmonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb8.20 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hike & Climb8.20 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.43 mph
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I saw the write up for this awhile back and had to give it a go before the restriction starts, decided I'd make today that day. Hustled up to Buster in an hour and twenty minutes, this was my third time up here and the view never ceases to amaze. The trail leading up to Buster was very easy to follow, most of the grass has died off or been re-flattened that others were talking about.
After Buster is where it got fun. On the first part of the ridge I saw 2 big horn sheep! This was my 2nd time seeing them in the Catalina's but never this close. I tried to follow them to get some pictures but it seemed they escaped me near one of the many flat areas of the ridge climb. The route was really wasn't that bad except in two areas. I had Mountain Rat's tracks in my gps but didn't need them most of the way- it was pretty straight forward, just follow the ridge! Where it did get tough though was very near the peak(s) just before 5791. The vegetation was dense and I ended up going between them rather than over the South peak. This made a very sketchy route over to 5791. White summit register was there, amazing to see a register with such little names :) Unparalleled views of the Pusch wilderness area. Close ups of Cathedral and Window Peak. Amazing views of Leviathan and Wilderness domes as well. Made it worth the effort to get up there!
Made sure to go up and over the ridge the whole way on the way back instead of between the two peaks closest 5791 made it an easy return. Decided to go up and over Buster again rather than the loop down near Buster Spring.
All in all another great hike in the Catalina's!
Thanks for the tracks HAZ!
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Oct 22 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.60 mph
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Drove out at night and car camped with the gf. Beautiful stars out there! It's basically pick your route until the gully going up the south side. Very loose footing the whole way. Endless possibilities to get cholla stuck in your leg so be sure to check your feet! Last scramble to the summit is the most fun, but we also managed to make the way down consist of some climbing too. No bighorn but did see a desert tortoise. Worth while summit that's been on the radar forever, probably won't be back out there though!
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Oct 11 2017
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 Tucson, AZ
Samaniego PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2017
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Been on my radar for quite some time. Had a couple of days off so I decided I'd go bag it, and why not make an overnight out of it? Started hiking about 4:30 and made it to the junction of the CDO shortcut trail and the Samaniego Ridge trail where I cowboy camped. Got up early and wow, to say that this trail is overgrown is an understatement. Many sections I literally had to just barrel through the vegetation, which is all plants with thorns! Route finding wasn't too difficult until the last quarter or mile or so to the base of the summit, not sure if I was on the trail for any of that section, but I honestly don't think it would've mattered. From the base of the summit the footpath to get up there I thought was quite obvious. That started near an old fire ring and headed left. Followed the cairned route up and it was honestly a nice break from the so called trail I had just come from (wasn't this supposed to be the off trail part!) Needless to say, amazing, fun, rock covered summit. Great views of the front range peaks, cathedral, window, table, pusch, kimball, bighorn. Awesome views of Lemmon, reef of rocks behind. If the trail wasn't completely overgrown I will definitely be back.

Took the CDO shortcut trail on the way back, not sure the distances are any different than the trail that goes over the ridge. There was quite a bit of wildlife as well, a very slow to leave animal was near my campsite. I'm suspicious it was a bear but obviously can't be certain. Multiple deer sightings in the AM, bear scat in two places along the ridge, and also a skunk! Near the base of the peak, glad it wasn't in the overgrown section so I could see it. All in all a great trip and a very worthwhile summit!
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Sep 28 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Mexican Border to Warner Sprgs - PCT ASan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
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Never wrote a trip log from my PCT thru hike so here we go.
Left May 27th 2016 from Campo. Arrived in Canada September 28th. Amazing experience and my first thru-hike. Loved every second of it. Best sections were the Sierra (obviously), the North Cascades, Sisters Wilderness, Jefferson Wilderness and Thielsen wilderness in Oregon. The whole state of Washington was amazing. Northern California was a great section as well, only mention this because there were a ton of hikers that skipped quite a bit of NorCal that missed out. Trinity Alps were a flash back to the Sierra Nevada, Mount Lassen was beautiful, and everything near Shasta was great.
Missed an 80 mile section in SoCal due to the Big Bear Lake fire closure- there was no posted alternate. Might go back to reconnect my footsteps in the future.
Longest day was 44 miles in Washington due to rain. Took about 15 zeros that were all very much needed!
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Mar 04 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Rincon Mountains - AZT #9Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Backpack54.00 Miles 8,500 AEG
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PCT training begins!!
Day 1: Started at Camino Loma Alta. 23 miles to about 5k elevation above Reddington. Slept there. Lots of snow still in the Rincons. Running water everywhere! Perfect weather too.

Day 2: finished the Rincons, made it to Hutch's Pool. Wanted to exit through Romero Pass / Catalina SP. However, daylight ran out.. I know the Exit out of Hutch's to the tram road like the back of my hand so i bailed out. Set a PR on day 2. 31 miles.

Had dinner at commoner and co. Great finish to a wonderful two days on the AZT. Can't wait for my time off in March. Going to try and get 100-125 miles in. need these legs in shape for my thru hike!
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Nov 26 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,740 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
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Thanksgiving Morning hike up the hill. My buddy that's still in was home for leave and is training for recon school and informed he'd be wearing a 50 pound pack... Couldn't let him 1-up so I filled up mine with weight and off we were with 50 pounds packs! Difficulty ratings are very open to interpretation. Not that this is challenging, but it's certainly more difficult than Blackett's Ridge (both rated 3.5) Anyways, beautiful morning and perfect weather for hiking. Albeit there was a nice mist in the air that gave the Catalina's a majestic look but limited views. I absolutely love this hike, wish I was an east sider so I could do it regularly.
Will be back!
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Nov 23 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Safford and Panther Peaks LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking5.30 Miles 2,224 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.25 mph
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High in the 70's and sunny. Seemed like perfect weather but man when the sun is beating down on you it can sure make it hot!
Rather than doing the posted route we decided to go up Safford via the Scenic trail (southeast approach I guess. Doesn't really make much of a difference but just thought I'd mention it. Traversing the route from Safford to Panther was definitely a blast. The hole in the mountain was pretty cool too. All in all a really fun day and two much needed summits checked off the list. Overall very little route finding skills needed for this one. Proud to say I did these two peaks on the same day.
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Nov 01 2015
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Buster MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking4.66 Miles 1,862 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   4 Hrs      1.17 mph
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No loop today, just the old out and back. 2nd time up here but the first since the fire. Wasn't much notice of the fire at all honestly. Took our time and enjoyed the beautiful weather and views the whole way up. The view form the top is amazing. Front row seat for views of Table Mountain, Mount Bighorn and what me and Trevor call the "monolith." If anyone knows the name of the massive rock formation that I'm talking about please educate me on the nomenclature!
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Oct 15 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Rincon PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking16.20 Miles 4,750 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.82 mph
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Rainy, well misty day in the Rincons. Was a little scared about excessive rain stopping me from getting back to the paved road, as there is flash flood signage everywhere along Mescal rd. Beautiful hike, gets steep near the top. Summit is great, not much of a view due to the mist that day. This completed my tour of the four premier hikes in each Tucson mountain ranges- or so I've been told- Cathedral Rock, Wrightson, Wasson, and Rincon. I'll be back for sure.
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Sep 19 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Cat MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking2.60 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   5 Hrs      0.52 mph
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Took the approach up the west end of the peak. Very gnarly indeed. What Steph and I thought would be a short 3 hour hike took us a good 4-5 hours. The scramble up was very fun though, and I'm glad we did the approach up the west end. Went down the east side. Super windy, lots of falcons (possibly?) and deer. Girlfriend got a nice piece of cholla in her leg! If you are thinking of the western approach, I would say it's necessary to have at least some scrambling experience.
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Sep 06 2015
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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.40 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.98 mph
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3rd time up here. Took my girlfriend up here and she rocked it! Kept up with me and we made great time. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Summit was awesome, as always!
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Aug 30 2015
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Guthrie MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking5.80 Miles 2,269 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   3 Hrs      1.93 mph
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Did this hoping for a quick out and back with the GF. We didn't have much daylight and were hoping to avoid doing any night hiking. Well, so much for that, spent about 30 minutes in the darkness, and ran into a rattlesnake in the process. Not a close call but could've been had I not been paying attention. Summit is great. Awesome views into Reddington Area, the Rincons, and the top of Cathedral Rock. Oh and Catalina highway if you're into that! Not a difficult hike at all. There is signage now for the peak about .4 miles from the actual summit.
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Jun 10 2015
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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack45.30 Miles 11,000 AEG
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Well, finally did this dream hike. It was NOT easy and I got a bit lucky to even attempt it. Made it to the backcountry office at opening and hoped to get myself a permit to stay at bright angel campground, and hopefully for cottonwood for night #2. Well apparently you have to contact the north rim backcountry office for cottonwood campground, so I decided to get a permit for 2 nights at the bright angel campground. Flew down South Kaibab, and setup my camp for the night. It rained on me most of the night, so much that water was coming in through the bottom of my tent. I woke up at 4 and had a decision: am I going to hike 28+ miles today do complete RTRTR? Well I thought I might as well give it a try. I put a poncho and off I was. It was rainy the whole morning, and afternoon, and the canyon had a beautiful mist to it! All the waterfalls were active and I was so happy I was doing this in the rain! Made it up to the north rim, snapped a few pictures and then started to head back down. Took a detour on the way back and hit ribbon falls. Had the whole place to myself! Got back to my campground with daylight to spare, and hiked out up Bright Angel in the morning. The North rim was amazing! I have hiked in the Grand Canyon so many times and only ever in the south rim area. Very happy to make it to the north rim. Once in a lifetime experience and I'm so happy I did it! People make this hike sound extremely difficult: it is, but if you're an experienced hiker, especially an Arizona experienced hiker, I really don't think it's all that difficult.
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