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Jul 15 2017
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Powell PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Backpack12.00 Miles 3,000 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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Jun 15 2013
azbackpackr
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Powell PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2013
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Hiking14.27 Miles 3,510 AEG
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This is one of those hikes I'll remember forever! Powell Plateau is beautiful in every way, but to get out to Dutton Point requires some real thorny bushwhacking. If you just stayed in the flat, park-like areas you'd miss out on the view of the river from Dutton Point, though.

Wildlife seen: One buck deer with velvet antlers. Also I flushed some sort of game bird: either a spruce grouse or chukkar. Also, on the ground, lots of cattle dung. I was told later it is from the beefalo that wander all over the Kaibab Plateau.

Flowers: Fields of lupine!

We car camped at Swamp Point two nights. This does require a camping permit available from the Backcountry office. I solo hiked out to the Powell Plateau all day Saturday. My friend, who stayed in camp, said the volunteer rangers did come to check our permit, which we had attached to a tent.

The road to Swamp Point has been graded in recent years, probably so the firefighters could have better access. So, it's no longer truly 4WD. I probably could have driven my 1994 Honda Accord down there, although I would have had to go very slowly. I absolutely do NOT recommend driving a sedan out there, I'm just saying it would be possible in dry weather at this particular moment in time.

This one was up there on my bucket list. I am not sure I'll be back any time soon, but I sure would like to hike North Bass (same trailhead) and also would love to do some summer backpacking all over the Kaibab Plateau.
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Jul 03 2012
Dave1
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 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Powell PlateauNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2012
Dave1
Hiking13.60 Miles 2,961 AEG
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Not as flat as the name implies. Made it all the way Dutton Point this time. The trail ends about 1 mile after you first reach the rim. It just fades out and becomes non-existent. There are a few cairns and markers nailed to trees though. The Plateau is not too difficult to traverse but a trail would be nice because of the Foxtails. I read that there are about 80 ruin sites up here. I saw exactly zero. Awesome place, can't wait to come back. Its too huge to see it in one or two days.
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Jul 03 2011
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Powell PlateauNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking5.76 Miles 1,936 AEG
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My wife and I spent three days hanging out at the North Rim, sleeping in the back of our truck at night.

The first night was spent near Crazy Jug Point, which is not far from the Bill Hall TH. We tried to hike down Crazy Jug Canyon but turned back due to the excessive heat and not finding a good trail. We decided to take a drive over to Swamp Point and check out Powell Plateau instead. We probably didn't take the most direct route as it took us about three hours to get to Swamp Point from Crazy Jug. In that time the weather changed dramatically. It went from hot and sunny to cloudy, cool and breazy with a little rain during the drive. A nice surprise for a July day at the Canyon!

The Kaibab forest roads were in good shape and mostly passable by car until we got to the National Park Border. As soon as Swamp Point Road crosses into the Nat. Park, high clearance becomes necessary. I don't know if this is due to lack of maintenance or the changing terrain as you get closer to the rim.

We parked right on the rim at Swamp Point, arriving around 3:30p and picked up the trail that leads down to Muav Saddle, Teddy's Cabin and the North Bass Trail (I forget the official name of the trail, its probably North Bass though). We went down to the cabin, poked around for a while and then went up to Powell Plateau. Near the cabin is a trail junction: you can follow the North Bass Trail down White Creek/Muav Canyon or you can head up to Powell Plateau. The trail to PP is well used and easy to follow. Its comparable to most named trails in the canyon except the corridor trails. There was one section on the way up to the Plateau that goes through a wash for a bit. It was a little over-grown but the vegetation was not sharp and the trail was still visible. The rest of it is easy and the switchbacks help with the steepness. We made it to the rim of Powell from Swamp Point in about 2 hours at a normal pace, including the stop at Teddy's Cabin. We then followed the flat trail that leads to Dutton Point for about one mile. It was still quite a distance to DP from where we turned around. We really wanted to continue but it was getting late in the day and we were still unsure if the clouds were going to let loose again. We returned to Swamp Point the same way, making it back right at dusk.

As we were heading down to Muav saddle, we passed three Thai Buddhist Monks who were heading up. They are not allowed any contact at all with women, so my wife, who is also Thai, had to step completely off the trail so the monks could safely pass :oplz: . We spoke briefly with their handler, who was bringing up the rear. He said they started early in the morning from the TH and went all the way out to Dutton Point. They were from a San Diego monastery. They all looked exhausted!

Powell Plateau is definitely a place I would like to return to and explore more thoroughly. Its so beautiful and unspoiled. Except for the Dutton Point trail (which begins to fade the further you go), there is almost no sign of man. It really feels like being on a deserted island! ...A perfect place for some condos, maybe a 9 hole golf course ;) ....
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