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Jul 04 2019
BiFrost
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AZT Utah to South Rim Grand Canyon, AZ 
AZT Utah to South Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
 
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On July 4th, 2015 we finished section hiking the AZT northbound to Stateline Campground on the Utah Border. Fast forward to 2019 and we decided to hike the AZT southbound and start from the same Stateline Campground on same July 4th weekend. However, this time our plan was to do multi-day backpacks instead of day hikes to complete the trail.

We had a shuttle pick us up at South Rim of Grand Canyon visitor center and drive us around to Stateline Campground where we camped July 3rd. Next morning on the 4th we started about 545am up the trail. Our goal, 5 days to make the South Rim by Monday afternoon.

Day 1 - Good start in the morning as the trail climbs out of House Rock Valley and up onto the Kaibab Plateau. We ran into 2 hikers in the first 2hours but then nobody else rest of day. Up on the plateau it’s lots of Juniper, Pinyon Pine, Sage brush and gates. Several AZT gates have been new additions since our 2015 hike. We passed Joes and Government Reservoir before the trail finally climbs into the Ponderosa Pine. With a few side trips in search of water (Umbrella Tank and Ponderosa Trick Tank were good) we covered about 23 miles first day and camped near FR 249.

Day 2 – Now in the pines the trail gradually climbs higher and the scenery gets better with the addition of aspens and Douglas fir. We only had 5 miles to reach Hwy 89A crossing. We ran into a retired couple who was on the last part of their AZT trip northbound and interesting to talk with them for a bit. Moving on we headed up to Buffalo Tank where I found decent water in the metal tank (not the cow tank). Continuing the trail heads above 8,000 feet so it was nice until we hiked into the burn section. There is an 8 mile long burn area but we did find good water at a wildlife cement trough before finding camp in a cluster of Ponderosa. 19.5 miles

Day 3 – We finished crossing the burn area and passed Crane Lake (water not very accessible but we didn’t need any). We continued onto Little Pleasant Valley which did have water but again we didn’t need any. Really enjoyed the section from Crane Lake to Dog Lake and East Rim area. Lots of meadows and thick forest crossings. Near Dog Lake there is a wildlife cement trough which had great water. Filtered four liters before hiking to East Rim to take in some views of Saddle Mountain Wilderness and Marble Canyon in the distance. We continued on to Crystal Spring which also had excellent ice cold water. Filtered another 5 liters before hiking another 2.5 miles to our nights camp. We found a nice spot in the aspens and mixed pines. 23.8 miles

Day 4 – Only objective was to make the North Rim Lodge where we had a reservation. Shower, cold beer, and something other than trail food was a good motivator. We only had to cover about 17.5 miles our shortest day yet. Being motivated we made the lodge by 145 and fortunately they let us check in early. After getting cleaned up we headed over to the bar for some beverages and grabbed something from the deli. Great way to spend the afternoon and evening before crashing for the night!

Day 5 – We arranged for the 4am shuttle back to the North Kaibab Trailhead. The shuttle was quick so we started shortly after 4am with headlamps for the first 45 minutes. North Kaibab trail is still one of my favorites despite lots of people. From the Supai Tunnel down there are no mules allowed so the trail below that is always great. Was able to turn off the headlamp just below the tunnel as we descended to Supai Bridge. Favorite part is the switchbacks through the Red Wall and down to the Pumphouse where we took the first break and got some water. We encountered maybe 10 people on the way there which wasn’t too bad. After the break we headed for Cottonwood Camp but continued on with our next stop at Phantom with the exception of a short break in The Box which always a nice section even as things started to get warm.

Eventually we made it to Phantom and stopped for an ice cold lemonade and some salty potato chips at the cantina. Took a fairly long break to get ready for the hot hike out. Once we were all hydrated and ready to go we pressed on across Black Bridge and started the long hot hike up South Kaibab. The bottom part felt like an oven especially since it was almost noon. We stopped in the shady spots for a breather when we could and there is a good spot just below Tip Off that is there probably all day. After Tip Off we continued up through the Red Wall and found another nice shady spot just below Skeleton Point where we took a break. Once past Skeleton it was noticeably cooler and we were able to keep going to the rim. We hit the rim just before 4pm and happy to be done with about the first 105 miles of AZT sections 43 to 38.

We took the shuttle over to the visitors center to a waiting vehicle and then much earned Mexican food at Plaza Bonita in Tusayan!

dry Big Ridge Tank Dry Dry
just grass growing no visible water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bridge Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
small pool. would not filter unless absolutely necessary

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Buffalo Trick Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
good water at the metal tank (not the cow tank). I just had to slide to port hole on top of the metal tank to access the water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Crane Lake 1-25% full 1-25% full
looked decent but was hard to access and we didn't need any

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Crystal Spring Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
great ice cold clear water. The concrete box tank was completely full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dog Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
good clear water

dry Government Reservoir Dry Dry
dry as a bone

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ponderosa Trick Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
large tanks with access bins on one side. clear water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sourdough Well 1-25% full 1-25% full
2 small pools but could be filtered
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Sep 03 2018
screeslider5267
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Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
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This is my favorite passage so far. Done NOBO with addition of #43, Buckskin Mountain. So flat and easy, just "cruisy" as they say. The most noiseless night I think I've ever had camping on the Trail. Water at Government Reservoir.
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Buckskin Mountain - AZT #43Northwest, AZ
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SOBO, state line to the Hwy 89A crossing on smooth, easy-walkin' trail. A lot of the early going is across juniper-choked mesa, but eventually some views open up and the upper stretch of #42 is in pleasant forest (with a few miles of what looks like recent burn near the top).
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Passage 42 - Kaibab Plateau North
September 28-30, 2017

Given the access issues, the northern AZT passages receive their love in short, intense bursts. This year that included the annual steward event in June, the logging push on Passage 39 in July and now a three-day gate installation effort that resulted in six AZT super-gates on Passage 42.

The Kaibab National Forest and Arizona Trail Association partnered to replace the allotment fence gates that were reaching the end of their expected life. All were in advanced stages of deterioration, and included simple wire “texas” gates that can be impossible for some users to close and galvanized panels more appropriate for suburban back yards than a remote spot on a National Scenic Trail.

ATA’s “usual suspects” convened at Orderville TH near Jacob Lake Thursday, September 28, and the early arrivals began work on the gate immediately across the highway. By day’s end the holes were dug and all material was on site.

Allison Ayers, our contact with the Kaibab Forest, joined the group for day two, which saw the gate near the TH and two more completed, including the most challenging one. About a mile south of Government Reservoir the trail passes through a gate in the bottom of a canyon. The closest access to the site is one-quarter mile cross-country through the sagebrush and down the steep slope to the canyon bottom. ATA’s new power crawler-hauler was a godsend for this work, hauling the gate, concrete, water, generator and jack hammer. Several crewmembers dispatched a large brushy deadfall at this location while others dug the holes and others assembled the gate. After hauling the tools back out the day, and half the project, was done.

Two of the remaining three sites were close together near the FS/BLM boundary, south of Winter Road. The other was a few miles south of that. After a quick pancake breakfast the crew headed up Orderville Canyon-a scenic but dusty drive unless you are in the lead. Weather was ideal, sunny, cool and breezy. By lunchtime the crew had the two gates near the border installed. Roger voiced the obvious question, “Can we do three in one day?” Doing so would be a stretch but everything was there, and it was an hour drive to camp each way. The group decided to go for it with the understanding that everyone would work at their own pace, no heroics involved.

Everyone turned to, rotating between jack hammer work, concrete mixing, fence re-connection and tread restoration. John helped Tom change his obligatory flat tire—for reasons defying understanding Tom seldom escapes a project without a flat. Bill advanced the tarp-mixed-concrete system with a novel bag opening technique-drop the bag so a corner hits first and it splits open, negating the need to chop it open with a shovel. (“You guys are getting a little too far into this,” you say? Fifty-one gates (and counting) thirteen bags per gate—663 bags! Hey, seconds add up!)

Two hours later all six gates were in the ground!

After sorting tools, driving back to camp and a quick clean-up, everyone convened at Jacobs Lake Lodge for dinner. No one felt like starting for home that late in the day so everyone spent one more night in camp and headed home Sunday morning.

Thanks to Tom, Lee, David, Bill, John, Joe, Roger and Rob. And a special thanks and welcome to Gordon and Duane who, jumping in with both feet, joined the gang on one of their first trail work events. Duane hiked Passage 43 the day before the work started, and finished the trip by hiking Passage 42 the day after while Gordon broke camp and provided shuttle service.
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Jun 09 2017
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Left a car at Stateline Campground and then did a water drop on Winter Road before heading down to Orderville TH to start our hike. Got a late start after lunch at the TH and made it to Navajo TJ to camp for the night. I really enjoyed the trail (nice soft pine covered trail, shade, the ravine...), and the night was clear and warm. Lots of wind, but that helped keep it cool during the hike.

Got up early the next day to try to beat the heat as we made our way down to the border. It did warm up quite a lot (was happy for the trekking umbrella) but we again had lots of wind to keep us from overheating too much (even if it did turn my umbrella into a satellite dish on more than one occasion). The views were wonderful as we made our way down those last few miles.

We met father and daughter thru hikers Don and Allison who were just finishing up the day we left our car at Stateline. They had started April 1st. And another thru hiker finished up the same day we were there. Must be the last of the thru hikers, but way to go class of 2017 :app:

This makes mile 734 for us - with a few more hikes set to connect the dots. Getting there...
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AT #42 Winter Road to Government Reservoir, AZ 
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Hiking17.40 Miles 1,038 AEG
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This is the first day of a 6 day hiking adventure to finish up the Arizona Trail. I completed most of the trails North of the Grand Canyon last year and on this trip I will mop up the ones I didn't do. The trail head for this hike is along Winter Road and can be reached via the House Rock Valley road from either Hwy 89 in Utah or 89A in Arizona. The road is in good condition as long as it's dry. If it is wet I would come in from the south, going north to Hwy 89 can be a challenge if not impossible when wet. Winter road is in fair condition and is doable with a medium clearance street car if you are careful.

The trail from Winter Road south is in good condition and is easy walking. I averaged 3 miles per hour, which is fairly fast for a trail. Not a lot of variation in scenery along this trail but not boring either. The trail follows Orderville Canyon most of the way until Government Reservoir where the trail follows a small canyon to the East of Orderville Canyon and eventually onto the ridge. From my turn around point I returned the way I came. I was suppose to do the first three miles of Arizona Trail 43, Buckskin Mountain also today (making it a 20 mile day)but I was falling asleep while walking back, my brain kept going to sleep. I drove all night from Tucson and started hiking immediately when I arrived and was pushing 36 hours without sleep. I will have to finish AT 43 on another day.

Met two other people (each on their own) just finishing up the Arizona Trail (Through Hikers). This is the time of year where all these through hikers are just finishing.
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This trail like a lot on Northern Arizona's Plateau is not real exciting. It is part of the Arizona Trail so you do it. Trail was easy to follow and well maintained. There was no running water along this route but like most trails on the Northern Arizona Plateaus, the water sinks in the ground fast. A lot of fairly flat walking. Will have to finish up this trail from the north on the Old Arizona Road. This hike was round trip so miles and AEG shown are double of what they would be for one way.
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AZT: Mormon Lake to Utah, AZ 
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I'm not even sure how to approach a trip log of this magnitude, so I'll try to keep it short and focus on the highlights/lowlights.

The hike took place between May 31st and June 16th. We had 2 zero days (one in Flagstaff, one in Tusayan), and one "nero" out of Tusayan. We averaged 25 - 30 miles a day, except for in the Grand Canyon. This trip started out with a few hiccups (feet, gear, fires, heat...) but after Tusayan we had the kinks worked out and I felt like a well oiled long distance hiking machine.

Hightlights

Humphrey's Summit Side Trip
We decided to include a side trip to Humphrey's Peak. It was a great way to escape the hottest part of the first weekend and let things cool down below 9000ft, even if the summit was swarming with gnats and people. :) On the way back down, I met @joebartels and @the_eagle. Very cool! Nice to have met you both!

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim was AMAZING. The scenery had my jaw on the ground nearly the entire time! I was extremely nervous about doing this passage in June and thought it was nearly impossible to score walk-in permits, but the stars aligned and we had no issues grabbing permits for both campgrounds.

We did it over 3 days to beat the heat, camping at Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, moving only between the hours of 5am - 9am. Soaking in Bright Angel Creek made the heat tolerable, and it was a nice change of pace compared to the 25 - 30 mile days we were doing above the rims.

One of the rangers issuing the permits gave us some dire warnings about "130 degrees in the sun", and how "nobody has fun down there this time of year." I even asked him about soaking in the creek to ward off the heat and he made it sound like it was only mildly effective. Contrary to what he said, it probably never got above 105 in the sun and sitting in the creek was actually extremely relaxing.

We took the short side trip to Ribbon Falls and it was totally worth it. What a neat little oasis in the canyon! We saw a beaver in the creek between Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, I never expected to see that.

The climb out of the Canyon from Cottonwood to the North Rim was well graded, and we topped out in about 2 hours 45 mins.

There is definitely a lot more Grand Canyon hiking in my future come fall/winter/spring.

North Rim + Kaibab Plateau
It was so nice to get a break from the hot temperatures when we topped out on the North Rim. They didn't last for long, though. As soon as we were back down around 7000 ft it was getting warm again.

The aspen and fir lined meadows were also a nice change of scenery. Easy going, dreamy hiking. It was also cool starting the day at Cottonwood and within a few hours being in a drastically different environment.

We ran out of food just before highway 89A, so we went in to Jacob Lake for a small resupply and also had a great breakfast at the restaurant. We probably had less than 2000 calories per day from the North Rim to Jacob Lake, needless to say the hiker hunger was strong when we reached Jacob Lake.

Finishing the AZT
Damn did it feel good. :)


Lowlights

Feet Issues
On day one I had a nasty blister form on the bottom of my foot due to AZ rocks tearing up the tread on my one month old Altra shoes. When we reached Flagstaff I initially tried to remedy the problem by buying thicker insoles (SuperFeet) for my shoes and taping up my foot with climbing tape. I was apprehensive about getting new shoes because I've always had issues with breaking in new shoes, even trail runners. The tape and thicker insoles worked for about half of a day. I think the tape actually might have made matters worse. I decided the next day after leaving Flag to hitch back into town from Snowbowl Rd in order to pop the blister and let it heal with a zero day. We got a ride by the first vehicle that I thumbed!

Popping the blister and staying off of it for a day helped, but after our Humphrey Summit and a couple more days of hiking the blister was back with a vengeance by the time we reached the Babbit Ranch passage. I was very nervous about going forward from Babbit Ranch because it would mean committing to about 60 miles before any relief in Tusayan. I nearly walked out to the highway from the TH and called for pickup. But after sleeping on it, I sucked it up and continued. Eventually, after hiking on it for another 40 miles, it stopped hurting so much.

When we reached Tusayan I decided to bite the bullet and take a shuttle back to Flagstaff to get some new shoes. I bought some Brooks Cascadia 11's, swapped out the insoles with the SuperFeet I bought, and never had a single foot issue the rest of the trip. :)

Gear Issues
Sleeping pad got punctured and I lost my sunglasses the very first night. These items were replaced on the first visit to REI in Flag. Somewhere along the way, the "stay bar" in my backpack ripped through the bottom of my pack again and went missing.

Fires
The nearby fires on the rim made the miles into Flagstaff smokey. It was particularly bad on the second day when we woke up at the Horse Mesa Trailhead with thick smoke to hike through til Marshall Lake. Those were some lightheaded, oxygen deprived miles.

Heat
When I planned this trip, I expected the highs to be in the high 70s to low 80s, actual highs were in the high 80s to low 90s for the entire trip, expect for the North Rim and Kaibab Plateau South & Central passages. As expected, it reached low triple digits in the Grand Canyon. We combated the heat by taking a long 2 hour break during the hottest part of the day under a cedar or pine. If there was a good enough breeze, usually we could still hike in the heat. We were also consuming up to 2 gallons of water a day.

Final AZT Thoughts

In my opinion, the Grand Canyon takes the cake for the most scenic passage of the trail. That being said, I believe that below the Mogollon Rim the AZT is way more scenic per-mile than on top of the plateau. It's easy to keep motivated below the Rim when you're getting drowned in gorgeous wide open views in every direction, and hard to keep motivated above the Rim when all you're seeing most of the day is the next ponderosa or ceder 10 yards ahead of you. Just my opinion, though.

AZ rocks with eat up your shoes.

If I was to ever attempt a thru-hike of the trail, I would most likely start in the early fall and head south. The terminus in Utah isn't a terrible place to end, but Miller Peak and Mexico would have been a much grander ending.
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Last day hike of the weekend started at Joe's Reservoir with about 16.5 miles to the Utah border. Our friend Scott who provided the shuttle help all weekend joined us for the last section. At this point the trail followed the Summit Valley area with pinyon, juniper and even sagebrush making the terrain look more like southern Utah than Arizona. After crossing a flat wide expanse still technically on the Kaibab Plateau we reached the forest boundary leaving Kaibab National Forest and entering BLM land for the remainder of the hike. Another couple of miles and we reached the Winter Road BLM 1025 about 6 miles into the hike which is also the end of AZT #42 and start of AZT #43. There is large AZT sign at the crossing and we took short break as it started to sprinkle a bit. To appease the rain gods we put on pack covers and it seemed to work. Continuing on the trail goes from being almost flat to crossing a series of canyons and small plateaus for the final 10 miles of the day. After crossing the multiple drainages we ended up dropping down into a small canyon that leads to the final descent. About 2.5 miles from the end the trail begins the final descent which is very dramatic considering how flat much of the terrain is before reaching this drop. The trail drops about 1500 feet down to 5000 elevation with very cool views the entire way. The last 1.5 miles is a series of switchbacks heading towards Stateline Camp. Finally arriving about 330 at Stateline we had finished the entire AZT from south to north. Very happy to have the entire trail completed....ending on 4th of July and Kathy received a special surprise at the end...see pics!

I can't thank our friend Scott enough as he helped us with shuttles on about 50% of the AZT sections. Without his help this project would have been much more difficult and taken us much longer to complete. We also had plenty of help from other HAZ'ers friendofThundergod, Sredfield, Paintninaz, tibber, and desertgirl for shuttle, logistics, and moral support. Thanks everyone!
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We day hiked AZT 39-43 over four days, these last sections would complete the AZT for us. Over those four days, there was lots of talk about the highs and lows of our journey. A journey that consisted of day hikes, backpacks, car shuttles, out and backs and staying at ranches and it was about to come to an end after 1 year, 5 months and 3 days. At the completion we traveled 922.65 miles and had 130,076 feet of aeg.
The Summer of 2014 will always be remembered as that summer we drove Lake Mary Road every weekend. White Rocks #25 brought together a bunch of soft hearts while we found a furever home for Sadie the coondog. Our decision to do #27 Highline and #28 Blue Ridge together has created a fish tale about that epic day where we set our 35.5 mile dayhike personal record, we sat at General Springs Cabin at 4:30 in the afternoon and still had 16 miles to go!
I thought the mountain lion sighting while setting up the shuttle for #6 Las Colinas, was my number one memory. We arrived at State Line Campground and as we were taking our "we finished" photo. Karl pulled out an engagement ring and made the best memory ever!
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Kaibab Plateau AZT #41 and 42, AZ 
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The third AZT hike of 4th of July weekend began in the burn area where we left off previous day. The burn area continued for the first 4 miles until we reached FR 225 where the forest returns. We did notice that the forest starts to change with more ponderosa instead of spruce and aspen as it crosses the relatively flat Big Ridge area. Eventually we dropped down off the ridge and followed a drainage passing Ridge Tank which was about 1/2 full. The trail follows the drainage for several miles following an old road dropping from 8400 to 7700 feet. About 1 mile before crossing 89A the trail leaves the drainage and hops over small ridge after passing Big Ridge Tank which was dry. Just before crossing 89A we had lunch at the 12 mile mark. After lunch we crossed 89A continuing the steady elevation drop from the high point at FR 225. By now it was mostly ponderosa with some juniper and pinyon pine starting to show up. We also had some thunderstorms start to develop....being lucky the first two days dodging storms we were not so lucky today. About 230 the hard rain, thunder and lightning let loose for about an hour but eventually it stopped as the trail continued to drop elevation. It drops into another drainage and follows this until reaching Government Reservoir (also dry). At this point the rain was done for the day and trail opened up into wide pasture area of Summit Valley as we hiked the last 1.5 miles to Joe's Reservoir (dry) and our waiting vehicle. This was the longest hike at 23 miles of the weekend so we enjoyed completing the hike with beverages and tasty snacks before driving to the car camp spot for the night. Interesting hike with the vegetation changes dropping elevation from 8600 feet at FR 225 to 6700 feet at Joe's Reservoir.

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 Phoenix,AZ
Kaibab Plateau AZT #41 and 42, AZ 
Kaibab Plateau AZT #41 and 42, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking23.44 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking23.44 Miles   9 Hrs   29 Mns   2.82 mph
981 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
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We hadn't seen any hikers yet, this being a third day of hiking on the AZT. Finally just before Buffalo Trick Tank, a man on a mule and his trail dog were heading south. His comment was "I was beginning to wonder if I would see anyone on the AZT." Apparently, he hadn't seen any hikers either.

My favorite section was the four miles between Ridge Tank and Big Ridge Tank. It's a nice stroll down Orderville Canyon. Karl busied himself by clearing the trail of debris.

We went from being annoyed by flies and the lack of breeze to shivering from a downpour between the Orderville TH and Government Resevoir.
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Jun 08 2015
Dave1
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 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Arizona TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 08 2015
Dave1
Backpack122.00 Miles 15,800 AEG
Backpack122.00 Miles4 Days         
15,800 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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My original plan was to hike the Arizona Trail from Utah, heading south to I-40 in Flagstaff. I only made it as far as the South Rim due to foot problems, other issues, etc...

Monday: Left home around 2am. On the way to the canyon I cached some water off of HW180 near segment #34. Once at the South Rim I took the TransCanyon Shuttle towards the North Rim. They were cool and allowed me to get dropped off at the start of House Rock Rd (after the Vermillion Cliffs and before the start of the Kaibab Monocline). I walked House Rock Rd for about 4 miles (loaded up with 10 liters of water) until a nice couple from Austria picked me up in their rented camper van. They were headed north to 89 in Utah but had no maps or GPS. I think they were happy to have someone confirm they were headed in the right direction but it took me some convincing at each road intersection. They dropped me off at the State Line Campground and the northern terminus of the AZT, saving me about 16 miles of walking under the ever warming sun. I believe we stopped to photograph every cactus flower along the way. Hope they made it to 89.

I started on #43 as soon as I arrived. It was the middle of the day and already quite warm. The trail wastes no time in gaining elevation via many long switchbacks. I was expecting lots of shade along this segment but the junipers come up a little short. Found some water jugs at the 43/42 junction (and pretty much every junction after that) so I really didn't need to start with so much water. Oh well. I set up camp somewhere along segment 42. Finished with about 19 miles for the first day. Fell asleep as a pack of coyotes howled in the distance (at least I told myself it was very distant :scared: )

Tuesday: Cloudy with very light rain off and on all morning. Much cooler than yesterday though. Ponderosa Pines started appearing more and more. Took a side trip to Jacob Lake to get a bacon cheeseburger and an oatmeal cookie (best cookie I've ever had!). The rain picked up as the day wore on. I was soaked by the time I found camp in the evening, somewhere along segment 40. About 37 miles for day 2.

Wednesday: Packed up my drenched tent, not looking forward to crawling into a wet tent tonight. Heavy rain most of the day. My sneakers were soaked and my feet were feeling very tender and starting to blister. The rain finally let up as I neared the Grand Canyon NP border. This passage is very beautiful but the pain in my feet made it tough to enjoy. I thought about stopping to dry out my tent as the sun made a few appearances but wanted to make it to the North Rim today and didn't have extra time. I sent a message to my wife via Delorme inReach and their superior Iridium Satellite network to see if she could find me a room at the North Rim. At about 6:30pm I checked to see if I had received any messages only to find my inReach was no longer in my pack :o . I knew I must have left it somewhere during a break but couldn't remember where. It was too late to turn back as I would need to make camp soon but didn't have a permit to stay in the park (my plan was to stay at the NR hiker's campground which usually has spots). I continued on to the campground and spent a near sleepless night racking my brain as to where the inReach could be. My coughing and gas-passing neighbor (the campsites are very close together) didn't help much. About 33 miles for the day.

Thursday: I woke up early to more rain and lots of wind. Fought hard to take my tent down and pack it up. I started walking along HW67 north towards the entry station and the end of segment 39, close to where I thought the inReach might be. After about 6 miles and 21 vehicles (not a lot of people leaving the north rim this early in the morning apparently) I finally got a ride. A nice woman who happened to be a park employee drove me a few more miles north where I could pick up the trail. Luckily after only about 2 miles of walking I spotted the inReach sitting on rock. I was overjoyed! It was wet from the night's rain but still working. I got back on HW67 where I was almost immediately picked up by two older brothers in a sweet RV. They drove me all the way back to the North Rim so I could start my walk back to the South Rim. So about 9 miles for a morning warm-up before the real hike started.

I headed down the North Kaibab with a lot of pain in my feet. It was very slow going. Took me about 6 hours to reach Phantom Ranch but I made it just before 4pm (closing time) so I could buy a lemonade and 2 bagels at the canteen. I met a group of four who had a permit for five at the Bright Angel Campground. They offered me their extra spot but I very reluctantly refused as I had almost no food left. I did stay for a ranger program though: GC Triva put on by BCO Ranger Casey. Very similar to Jeopardy, it was actually a lot of fun. Left PR around 5:45pm and hiked out Bright Angel. My feet felt much better hiking uphill for some reason. Topped out around 9:30. Pizza at Maswik. Thanks to all the kind people who gave me a lift! :y:

Did you know a Garmin Oregon 600 only holds tracks up to 10,000 points? I do now. I put together a route on HAZ RM of segments 32 to 43 and loaded it onto my GPSr at home. When I got to the canyon I found it had only loaded from Utah to the Colorado River, exactly 10,000 points. Mistake number 4,256 and another reason I decided to call it quits at the south rim.
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Oct 06 2014
sandyfortner
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 Joined Mar 16 2009
 apache junction,
Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 06 2014
sandyfortner
Backpack16.55 Miles 994 AEG
Backpack16.55 Miles2 Days         
994 ft AEG32 LBS Pack
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This was the second day of our AZT backpack. Sunday we had hiked a couple of miles into passage 42 SOBO. We finished the section, ending at Jacob Lake, Monday night. Trail is easy and flat. Although elevation is gained, the transition is gradual and you never feel like you're going uphill. The northern end of #42 is in sage meadows with periodic stands of pines. After traveling through a ravine with oaks and other foliage, the trail enters tall pines. Route finding is very clear and easy to follow. The only tank we saw, Government tank, was bone-dry. We saw quite a bit a bear scat from approximately 3 miles south of the Winter road to Government tank, but no bears.
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In the ravine some of the oaks and misc. brush were turning.

dry Government Reservoir Dry Dry
Absolutely dry. Burs and other weeds growing in it.
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May 27 2014
sirena
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 Tucson, AZ
Grand Canyon - North Rim - AZT #39Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 27 2014
sirena
Backpack66.30 Miles 5,877 AEG
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Arizona Trail Trek

After over two months of hiking, the Utah border was now only 5 days away! I left the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and hiked north through the large pines, fir, and aspen. The weather on the Kaibab Plateau, at 9000 ft., was nice and cool and perfect for hiking. I was delighted to find that the horned lizards were all micro-chicken sized! It was so cute!!

The trail took me to the North Rim Entrance Station, where someone had kindly put out water for hikers. Near the beginning of the Kaibab #101 Trail, there was a fire lookout just a short walk from the trail. It was totally worth the trip and gave me one last view of my beloved Grand Canyon and the San Francisco Peaks.

The #101 is a unique experience on the Arizona Trail- traveling through broad, grassy meadows ringed by aspen and fir. There are many small lakes and the hiking is easy. I found a clearing, made dinner, and called it a night. One thing that made my dinners amazing on the AZT was that I added Rising Hy Habanero Olive Oil to each of my meals. It added calories and fat while giving my dinners a kick to keep them from being boring.

The next morning, two hikers passed me as I was packing up. It was Free and EZgoing, who are completing the trail by doing big sections at a time. Had a nice chat with them before heading to my next objective: East Rim View. I got a little water at Crystal Spring and played with my self-timer while waiting for the gravity filter to do its thing.

Soon, I caught a view of Marble Canyon, the northern part of the Grand Canyon and House Rock Valley below. This was what I'd been waiting for! The sky was a bit hazy because of fire in the area, but it was spectacular nonetheless. Stopped short of the parking lot at East Rim View and took a long break to enjoy the scenery.

Eventually, I had to continue northward. I met some guys doing trail maintenance and they congratulated me for being almost done. Such a strange feeling to know it will all be over soon. The trail meandered through meadows and entered Tater Canyon.

I had a great time, traveling through cool meadows while the rest of the state was boiling hot. The trail left Tater Canyon and traveled through an aisle of aspen. I'd love to come back and hike this when the fall colors are happening!

The sky darkened, but I didn't get rained on, though I could smell it in the air. I stopped at Crane Lake for some water and didn't tighten one of my containers all the way and it leaked into my pack. Thankfully my sleeping bag didn't get wet. This part of the trail was closed and rerouted onto the highway when I hiked in 2008, and I was looking forward to seeing a piece of trail I hadn't seen before. It was getting dark as I ascended Telephone Hill in the burn area. The sunset was interesting with all the burnt silhouettes.

I camped near the trailhead and managed to find an area cleared of burned trees. There were tons of deer running around as I set up camp.

The next morning, I was woken up by deer bouncing past my campsite. My mom flew in from Chicago to join me and my dad, who'd been helping me the whole hike. My parents came out to the trailhead in the morning to visit me and they brought hot coffee and cookies from Jacob Lake. Sweet!

I was not too impressed with the trail north of Telephone Hill- besides being completely burned, it was an old road that often was right beneath Highway 67. It was hazy, but I caught a glimpse of the Vermilion Cliffs in the distance.

Finally, the trail exited the burn area and was back in the pines again. It entered a canyon and traveled along the bottom. This was where I met two Hayduke Trail hikers in 2008, one of which would go on to save one of my dear friend's Kimberlie's life when she had a stroke while on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012. Crazy how life works sometimes. She went on to make a complete recovery and thru-hiked the whole PCT in 2013. Visit her blog The New Nomads to read about it!

As I was getting closer to Jacob Lake, I realized it was still early and I didn't want to be done for the day. Found a great grassy spot and relaxed for a while. I took out my camera and looked at pictures from earlier in the Trek- I saw so many wonderful things and met so many fantastic people. What an experience.

Eventually, hunger won over and I hiked the rest of the way to the trailhead, where my parents met me and took me to Jacob Lake.

The next morning, I got ready for my last backpacking trip on the Arizona Trail Trek. I planned on hiking to Winter Road, where a group of people would meet me in the morning to hike the final 11 miles to the Utah border. I was pretty sad at the fact that my journey was coming to an end, when I mentioned it to my husband he laughed. Of course you're sad, he said- your fantasy life where you get to hike all day and get to meet awesome people is almost over.

I met some of the trail stewards for the passage north of Jacob Lake and they joined me for a couple of miles. The terrain changed as I descended, from pine forest into pinyon-juniper. I had followed spring all the way up the state and wildflowers began to appear.

And then it happened. I turned the corner and there it was through the sagebrush flat- my first glimpse of Utah! Colorful cliffs and mountains to the north stopped me in my tracks and I had a little celebration.

The trail traveled through sagebrush, the dirt underfoot was red, and Utah popped in and out of view. Too soon, I was at Winter Road and my day of hiking was over. I found a spot under a juniper with a view of the red domes of Coyote Buttes. I savored every moment of the last sunset of the trail.
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Jun 01 2013
pops c
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 Tucson, AZ
Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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pops c
Backpack16.55 Miles 994 AEG
Backpack16.55 Miles
994 ft AEG
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Class of 2013 thru-hike
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Segment 9a Hope Camp
Saguaro National Park (Rincon Wilderness)
Oct 07 2012
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Buckskin Mountain - AZT #43Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2012
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking26.90 Miles 3,832 AEG
Hiking26.90 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   3.86 mph
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AZT 43 and 42 N2S

Sunday morning Ben took me in my Jeep up to the Stateline Park. He dropped me off and then went down and parked it for me at the south end of passage 42. He would then take his truck and go to the start of 41 and hike from south to north. I would hike both 43 and 42 from north to south.

Another great day on the Arizona Trail in north rim country. Loved it!
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Aug 25 2012
MEWhiteman
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2012
MEWhiteman
Hiking17.08 Miles 994 AEG
Hiking17.08 Miles   6 Hrs      2.85 mph
994 ft AEG
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Tom & I did this as a day hike after backpacking the prior 3 passages. Tom had his dog along and was worried about the distance and the potential warmer temperatures. We stayed at the Jacob Lake Inn (JLI) and had the room for another night so he could leave his dog there. We spotted a car the night before and got an early start. It was easy hiking, though a long hike for me. The first half was pine forest and the second half was scrub. We could see a thunder storm building as we hiked which helped keep the sun a bay. It started raining just as we reached Tom's truck and then poured. The trip back to JLI was an adventure as House Rock Road had many flooded and muddy areas. The sun was shining when we reached the motel.
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Kaibab Plateau North - AZT #42Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2012
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Hiking16.55 Miles 994 AEG
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994 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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At long last, the final day of the Arizona Trail for Bruce, Denny and I. All along the AZT, from segments 1-38 (Mexico through into the Grand Canyon), I saw some sort of cactus on every segment. On segments 39, 40 and 41 there was absolutely nothing, but I started off 42 pretty early with a long-spined pincushion, followed later by plenty of baby prickly pears. My hopes of seeing some sort of cactus on every segment didn't quite happen, but it was close, as 43 had cactus as well. Lots of shin high sagebush on this segment too, fields of it...and dirt as fine as baby powder.

Was great on this last day to meet a couple of new guys, Juanjaimeiii and Ben, a friend of rlrjamy's who helped Mike Armstrong (the blind AZT hiker) with some of his segments. Learned a lot about the restaurant business, and about the world of American Express! :D I also learned with Juanjaimeiii that I had met my match with long-distance speed hiking, that dude can leave me in the dust...yowza! Thanks for letting frick and I crash in your room at Jacob Lake and use your Jeep for caches on 39/40/41, too!!

We finished the Kaibab Plateau Trail #101 on this segment at the end of the Kaibab National Forest Boundary just before the end of this segment, all 50+ miles of it.

We passed the 2 through-hikers having a break, then shortly after that they passed us while we were having lunch. We met them one last time at the segment end, as they were breaking at the dirt road.
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