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O'Leary PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking9.11 Miles 2,001 AEG
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This is a great running trail for someone passing through or staying in the area. Nice wide road the entire way up to the lookout. Straightforward hike with fantastic views of the crater and other San Francisco Peaks from the top. It's cool to see Humphrey's on one side and the pink/orange landscape spread out on the other side.
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Beautiful bushes of stringy fluffy light pink flowers blooming everywhere. The flowers looked like Fairy Dusters but more like a ball instead of a fan shape.
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Wilson Mountain Trail #10Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking12.66 Miles 3,124 AEG
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Sedona never disappoints. :) Took advantage of the cooler summer day (low 80's) and ended up getting a rainstorm in the afternoon so actually got a little chilly for a bit (in fully heat acclimated person terms). We were a little confused about the AZ 20-20 "canyon" hike that goes up a mountain but sure were happy to hike it anyway. We tried to hike in the canyon a ways to hit the low point and ended up scrambling to re-join the trail that heads up Wilson. The views are incredible pretty much the entire hike. There are parts that are so vegetated it almost seems tropical. The views at the summit (south end) of Wilson are breathtaking and the views on the north side are 100% worth the extra distance to complete the trail. We saw a horny toad that had uniquely Sedona coloring. The vegetation was alive with insects, lizards, birds...all the wildlife. What a special place.
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Mormon Lake - AZT #29Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking16.87 Miles 843 AEG
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843 ft AEG
 
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Lovely little trail! A friend requested a "non-death march" hike :lol: for her birthday and we thought this one fit that description perfectly. Fast hike with minimal elevation. Some mileage was involved and I appreciated that. Plus we made it a little longer by heading out in the opposite direction haa. Didn't run into many other hikers - maybe four total? Mormon Lake isn't visible from the trail but it looked nice driving by to drop the 2nd vehicle.
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Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking5.99 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking5.99 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.33 mph
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There are probably not a ton of people who would appreciate the scenery on this hike but this charred landscape is beautiful and inviting to me. I would say about 70% of the hike is crawling over or ducking under tree trunks that cross the trail. It actually makes the hike a little more fun...at least my dog certainly thought so! The trail is straightforward to follow and, for being the third highest peak in Arizona, the hike was surprisingly easy. We hiked to the lookout tower where the trail ended. The official route shows the trail continuing to an elevation 46 feet higher from the lookout but we didn't see a trail that continued. The views were incredible from the saddle and from the top and the wind moving through the bare trees makes a spooky cool sound I've never heard before. Patches of snow can still be found and a small stream of water marked where Government Trail branches off.
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Agua Fria River via BadgerCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking17.00 Miles
Hiking17.00 Miles   13 Hrs   1 Min   1.31 mph
 
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This was one of the most spectacular Arizona 20-20 Challenge hikes I have done and I never never would have thought it would have been. The official triplog mentions a lot of boulder hopping but I think that needs to be emphasized a bit more. We had about four devices tracking and they all were close to 17 miles when we got back to the trailhead. That additional mileage was from "boulder hopping" and attempts to navigate over/around massive rocks. I would highly recommend wearing an old pair of hiking shoes with good support and traction OR hiking sandals with neoprene socks so the sand isn't constantly building up and scraping your feet. We both had good water shoes (I wore Astrals and my friend had the mostly closed Chaco water shoes) and we had to stop often to empty out sand that was painful. I still have painful sand burns a week later. There were waterfalls EVERYWHERE. Too many to count. The landscape of the river is mostly smoothed rock so the water has many surfaces to fall over. There is a lot to be in awe of on this river. We started at 6 am and got back to the TH at 7 pm. We did stop to take a lot of pictures and play in the waterfalls as we hiked downstream to the lowest point of the canyon but did not expect a 13 hour hike. I loved every moment of this hike but it was physically draining and much more challenging then expected. If you are attempting to reach the lowest point of the canyon, be prepared for a loooong day (and spectacular scenery)!
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking14.00 Miles 816 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.75 mph
816 ft AEG
 
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Another truly unique Arizona gem. Beautiful hike with plenty of opportunities to play and explore along the way. We both got exactly 14 miles total from parking to Tony's Cabin and back. Make sure to continue following the creek south to reach Tony Cabin. There is interesting history to read and original items in and around the cabin. Our total trip time was 8 hours but most of that was spent exploring. ;)
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Huachuca Mountains - AZT #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking20.60 Miles 5,090 AEG
Hiking20.60 Miles   14 Hrs   58 Mns   1.57 mph
5,090 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
 
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March 15, 2019: Drove from Phoenix to Parker Canyon Lake area. Tried to leave one vehicle at trailhead but road was too muddy. Left car at nearby cabin (checked with owner) instead, packed everyone into second vehicle and drove to Montezuma Pass Overlook Parking (Lat:31.350783 Lon:-110.285413). Started hike south to border monument around 11:30 am. Hiked to Mexico border, took some pictures, goofed around, and hiked back. Total distance: 3.7 miles r/t and total time 1 hr 48 min (including goofing around time). Montezuma Pass Overlook is apparently always windy and this portion of the hike was very windy as well. If leaving a vehicle at Montezuma Pass overnight, make sure to stop at the Visitor Center about 3.5 miles down Montezuma Pass Road (headed towards Miracle Valley/Palomitas) to get a vehicle permit (basically just give them vehicle info).

After the border portion of the hike we drove to Bisbee, explored a few of the stairwells, walked around town, ate at POCO (delicious!), hiked up to The Shrine, and returned to our Airbnb (Rose's Place on Brewery).

March 16, 2019: Left Bisbee around 6:30 am and drove to Montezuma Pass Overlook. Started hike at about 7:30 am with wild whipping winds & very cold temps (temp was around 38-40 deg but wind chill made it much colder). Luckily the wind died down quickly as we headed North and up the mountain. Pretty steady incline immediately and for the next few miles until Miller Peak TH intersection. Took a few short breaks and one probably 15 min break just before the snow got serious on the trail. Snow started about 0.3 mile before Miller TH. Was icy & slick in some places, easy in others. We made the extra 0.5 mile hike up to Miller Peak & it was so worth it! Incredible views above the clouds. We met a couple guys day-hiking to Miller and a group of maybe 6 people through hiking the AZT.

After Miller we hiked through snow for about 7 miles with deepest snow between Miller and Carr. We ran into border patrol agents hiking in four groups of two between Miller and Carr. They were nice and friendly and happy to be out hiking. We took another 15-20 minute break and refilled water at Bathtub Spring, just before the Carr Peak TH. Took another long break at Bear Creek TH...snow hiking was wearing on us. Just before Rattlesnake Spring there is a steep decent of switchbacks, marking the end of the "up" portion of Passage 1. Snow ends around Rattlesnake Spring. Rattlesnake Spring had nice flat campsite areas and we stopped there for the night. Another group (2 women, 1 guy) came in after we were bundled in tents and camped just up from us. The night was cold (low temps were supposed to be around 38 deg but it felt colder) but we did just fine with the gear we had. Day 2 distance: around 9.2 miles, total time: 9 hr 45 min (including breaks), max elevation: 9443 ft.

March 17, 2019: Woke up, quickly packed and started moving to warm up. Ran into another woman hiking in - being a group of 4 women ourselves, it was awesome to see so many other women on the trail!). The trail is all downhill from here and is quite different from the trail we had hiked the previous day. Plentiful water from just past Rattlesnake Spring to Scotia Canyon parking area near the end of Passage 1. Sunnyside Canyon Trail is absolutely beautiful with flowing streams & swimming holes (if the temps were warmer) throughout. Ended Day 3 at exactly 7 miles, 3 hr 13 min time (including breaks).

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Bathtub full and spring water seeping from ground

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Miller Peak from Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking14.86 Miles 3,076 AEG
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Miller Peak was part of our AZT Passage 1 hike and my triplog is the Miller Peak portion copied from my Passage 1 triplog.

March 16, 2019: Left Bisbee around 6:30 am and drove to Montezuma Pass Overlook. Started hike at about 7:30 am with wild whipping winds & very cold temps (temp was around 38-40 deg but wind chill made it much colder). Luckily the wind died down quickly as we headed North and up the mountain. Pretty steady incline immediately and for the next few miles until Miller Peak TH intersection. Took a few short breaks and one probably 15 min break just before the snow got serious on the trail. Snow started about 0.3 mile before Miller TH. Was icy & slick in some places, easy in others. We made the extra 0.5 mile hike up to Miller Peak & it was so worth it! Incredible views above the clouds. We met a couple guys day-hiking to Miller and a group of maybe 6 people through hiking the AZT.
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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking24.67 Miles 4,850 AEG
Hiking24.67 Miles   20 Hrs      1.23 mph
4,850 ft AEG
 
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March 2, 2019: Saw Lyft driver waiting as we pulled onto Uno Trail road and had him follow us to drop our car off at Picketpost TH. Driver took us down to Passage 16 TH and we got going around 8:30 am. Beautiful views of Gila River, birds chirping, and patches of California Poppies throughout Passage 16 hike! Lots of up and down. More exhausting than we expected & packs definitely too heavy. Stopped at access to Gila River and refilled water and cooked food before continuing on. Made it just to around 16.25 miles before calling it for the night and making camp by a wash. The stars were incredible. Possibly the most beautiful night sky we've ever seen.

March 3, 2019: Woke up to a lot of condensation on our tents. Stayed cozy through the night. Took our time getting packed, coffee, breakfast and started out around 8:30 am again. The incline was intense pretty immediately. Arrived at incredible camp spot at the saddle, maybe 17.8 mile, (Lat:33.135927 Lon:-111.144180) and wished we could have made it here the night before. Next time! The mountains and canyons are crazy through this area. Just unbelievable. We both felt extremely lucky to have a view of what probably few people get to see in this area. Ran into a group of three women backpacking. They were appreciating the area as much as we were for sure. Found some water seeping down a rock face into a arm-sized pool around mile 21.85 and refilled. Interesting rock formations and a cool climbable one around mile 23.3. We welcomed Passage 17 TH and our bodies were starting to tell us we had been overly ambitious with this hike. Water was flowing around Seep Spring, around 1.2 miles into Passage 17. There's also a large pond right there that looks like it would be filled with water a good part of the year. Our bodies started screaming at us pretty much the rest of the hike haha. Made it to Picketpost TH and to our car around 6:30-7 pm. Many lessons learned but most importantly: have a great backpacking partner who can stay supportive and positive! That made all the difference in the world.
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California Poppies in full bloom!

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Minimal water flowing in creek; man-made pond full and flowing over
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Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking3.57 Miles 2,353 AEG
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I learned a few things on this hike.
1. Hiking in deep snow uses WAY more energy than a non-snow hike (especially uphill).
2. Hiking downhill in deep snow is super fun and fast because you can basically just slide down in many places and falling
doesn't hurt.
3. There are so many more animals around us than we realize! It is the COOLEST to see all their footprints in the snow along
the trail. I'm sure they are all aware of our presence and we are rarely aware of theirs.

Not sure what this hike would be like without snow but I'm pretty happy I got to experience it as a winter wonderland!
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Havasu Canyon TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack10.20 Miles 17 AEG
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November is much colder up north then us Phoenicians realize! We pulled up to the trailhead in the morning and I think the temp was about 28 deg F. I kept telling myself I could do it despite a huge lingering fear that I might freeze to death even though I was well prepared for camping in the cold (just a little dramatic). The hike down was beautiful. I can only imagine what it was like before hoards of people started coming. It was definitely difficult seeing the injured overworked horses carrying the excess people insist on having down there. If you are reading this and thinking of going, please pack your own stuff in and out. It is a hike to a remote area and people seem to treat it as if it should be a resort stay.

The campground is a little piece of paradise with blue-green streams flowing through. We brought a water filter. There is water everywhere and also people everywhere soooo better safe then sorry. :sk: You can camp anywhere and there are buildings with composting toilets throughout the campground. Since we were in a canyon, the temp was a few degrees higher than on top of the canyon so the nighttime lows were about 34 deg. My camping gear and clothing did what it was supposed to do and I was actually very comfortable during the nights. We hiked almost to the confluence with the Colorado River the 2nd day. The waterfalls are beautiful of course but the hike downstream from Mooney Falls truly feels like being transported to some secret fairyland that you may just be dreaming of. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this place but don't have an interest to go back again. The rest of my group was better able to take in the beauty and ignore that every single person we saw there had a camera in their hand and most were treating the place as simply a backdrop for their personal photo sessions. Arizona has so many incredible places and I think I'll stick with the less traveled ones.
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Flume TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking8.10 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles      20 Mns   24.30 mph
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Highly recommend doing the whole loop! The Fossil Creek Trail from Strawberry is really cool. I used to drive down Fossil Creek Rd years ago when there were no permits and only maybe a few other people down at the FC waterfall. That is definitely not the case anymore. :o I'm happy they closed the road though because the hike is waaaay better. Fossil Creak Trail goes down to the less populated springs and from there connects with the Flume Trail. The Flume Trail is cool because you can see down to the creek and all the smaller turquoise waterfalls along the way. There's no access to the creek from the Flume Trail and it's a pretty steep drop down pretty much the whole way. Caution about attempting the Flume Trail when it is warmer out because it is not shaded and no water access. The Flume Trail eventually drops down to FC waterfall where the hoards of people hang out. Seriously, it's a madhouse down there and looks MUCH different from 8-10 years ago which seems like somewhat of a short time for so much change. We hiked back up Fossil Creek Rd and see why it is closed now. It was always treacherous but there are whole chunks of road missing now. Also, at the turn near the top you can see a bunch of cars that didn't make the turn and went over the edge. Yikes! Pretty crazy to see. Oh and we also saw a bunch of coatis near the springs from the Fossil Creek Trail! Very cool! :)
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West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
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Hiking3.74 Miles 397 AEG
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Hiked to the lowest point of the canyon according to the 20-20 Challenge maps. Stream crossings had exceptionally slippery rocks so be careful to not get injured. There was a swim hole and a nice flat rock to hang out and picnic. We didn't swim though as the water was not very clear (contrary to the name) but maybe there had been rains upstream recently. Didn't see any other hikers that day. Nice hike. Scenic but not the dramatic and spectacularly scenic West Clear Creek you'll find further upstream. Still, a very nice little water hike and we are all grateful for any water we can easily access towards the end of summer.
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking4.68 Miles 3,336 AEG
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WOW. Ok I've heard all the stories about Humphreys and guess I just thought people were exaggerating or had a rare weather experience...who knows what I thought. At the trailhead it was warm. I decided to wear shorts. It was drizzling a little but was supposed to clear up and I didn't want to be roasting while hiking. Ha! Ol Humphrey taught me a lesson. The hike was beautiful beautiful, especially when the vegetation drops away and turns into tundra. It was eeire and otherworldly with fog so thick I couldn't see more than 10 ft out. The wind was relentless and furious. I actually was having a hard time moving my legs because they felt numb and frozen from the wind whipping. My fingers lost all feeling for sure. This is September 1st btw. Also, I was having a hard time breathing...I don't know if it was the elevation or what but I kept feeling like it was difficult to get air when I breathed in and kept having to stop just to get some real breaths in. I've never experienced this feeling before or since so who knows if I was having an off day or if it really was the intensity of Humphreys. Near the top it felt as if the wind might actually pick us up and carry us off. That seemed like an unreasonable thought until we talked to someone from the Forest Service at the bottom and he told us of smaller children actually being lifted up by the wind. There were lots of dogs. I'm not sure how the pups were feeling but I was surprised so many people would expose their dogs to the conditions up there. The views at the top can not be described. This is a hike everyone would feel lucky and grateful to have experienced.
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Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
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Hiking3.66 Miles 239 AEG
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What a beautiful hike! We did not expect it to be this pretty and welcomed the surprise! Started at sunrise. Saw a couple people camped toward the end of the trail. On our way back though there were a bunch of people and dogs hanging out at the "beach"-type area after the 2nd stream crossing. Dogs were on leashes so that is always great to see people being respectful of others and keeping their pups safe. The water was pretty deep in some places and this is a great hike for a summer cool off.
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Mount Lemmon 9,157Tucson, AZ
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Hiking2.98 Miles 1,695 AEG
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The Mount Lemmon area is absolutely incredible just to drive through, but what fun would that be? Hiking in it is a whole other story. I can't wait to explore more trails around Lemmon. The Marshall Gulch section is really foresty...like the type of forest you would not expect to see in Tucson, AZ. There are cool rock formations to play on along the way. Nearing the top the vegetation changes again treats hikers to new colors, textures, views. People are able to drive to the top so it's a little funny to hike up and then see a whole bunch of people walking around.
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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
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Hiking3.39 Miles 328 AEG
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This is a popular trail and for very good reason. Funny enough, all the people seemed to disappear before we reached the really cool part. Walking through the rock formations, carved out almost like a subway tunnel, is just the coolest. This is definitely a water hike and the water crossings start pretty early in the hike. Make sure to wear comfortable water hiking shoes because you will want to hike as far as you can go. Parking fills very quickly in the morning. I think the lots don't even open until 8 am but are likely full by 8:30 (no joke).
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Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking4.32 Miles 2,693 AEG
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Super fun 4th of July hike! Our group all got dressed up and celebrated freedom in the best way possible - by hiking of course. Switchbacks are pretty decent if breathing heavy is your thing. ;) The cabin near the top is very cool. Views from the lookout tower are amazing. There is even an outhouse at the top. It was getting warm during our decent but still pretty nice temps for July. Pretty awesome that we have so many options for summer hikes in Arizona.
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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking15.55 Miles 4,910 AEG
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What an experience. This was my first Grand Canyon hike. Went down and up in the same day. This is a must-do hike and really gives a beautiful tease of how GRAND this canyon really is. The S Kaibab-to-Bright Angel loop(ish) is a popular trail combo starting from the south rim. Unlike other popular trails, it felt like everyone on this trail was in the same amount of awe and appreciation. Fellow hikers were fun and supportive. There was plenty of water and pit toilets and everything was kept clean and well stocked. Just got done reading the book "The Emerald Mile" and I would highly recommend to anyone planning a GC hike. Headed to the North Rim in a couple weeks and can't wait to explore some less explored parts of the canyon.
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