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Jul 30 2019
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2019
toddak
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
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North Rim tourist day
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Jul 01 2019
sleepybear929
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36 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
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Aug 03 2018
BiFrost
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bright Angel Point - Transept Trail, AZ 
Bright Angel Point - Transept Trail, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking1.97 Miles 396 AEG
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We did a short tourist hike in the evening and short warm up for the main hike next day. As expected there were lots of people, but neither of us had ever hiked out to Bright Angel Point overlook. We could see the Obi fire burning across the way on Walhalla Plateau but did not affect our planned hike of Old Bright Angel. After the tourist pics we headed back on the Transept Trail and stopped at another lookout before dark.
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Aug 03 2018
slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Bright Angel Point - Transept Trail, AZ 
Bright Angel Point - Transept Trail, AZ
 
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slowandsteady
Hiking1.97 Miles 396 AEG
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Jun 03 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Transept TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.10 Miles 50 AEG
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This trail starts at the turn off for the backcountry permit office. It's right where the Bridle trail crosses the road coming from the NK Trail. It goes between the rim and campground and under the rental duplexes before going right below the lodge and some great views. It's two miles to where it connects to The Bright Angel Point Trail. Then after checking out the Point you connect to the Bridle trail for a loop back to your starting point. I went through the lodge. That lounge area with the big windows (and Brighty statue) is pretty cool. Wouldn't you know it the Deli opened just as I was passing by :o . Hiking the Bridle Trail back was enjoyable with a slice of pizza and a drink. :y:
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Oct 08 2017
nathanbrisk
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33 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon R2R - N Kaibab to Bright Angel, AZ 
Grand Canyon R2R - N Kaibab to Bright Angel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2017
nathanbrisk
Hiking26.50 Miles 7,176 AEG
Hiking26.50 Miles   10 Hrs   45 Mns   2.77 mph
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I survived my first Rim-to-Rim :D

The North Rim Lodge is a real treat! It is not crowded, and the building is far more stunning than the South Rim buildings.

Due to some misunderstandings on my part, I was scrambling around the North Rim Lodge looking for the trailhead and got separated from my group. Somehow I had convinced myself the trail at the back of the North Rim Lodge would connect to a rim-traversible path. It didn't. I ended up catching a complimentary shuttle to the trailhead and ended up running the first several miles of the North Kaibab to catch up with my group. It was a mite chilly at the trailhead: low 30's. I caught up some of the group members, and it seemed like they were following an every-man-for-himself type of trip style (they didn't even realize they had left me back at the lodge), so I followed suit.

The pack-animals at Phantom Ranch looked rougher than any I've seen in Havasupai, btw.

I wasn't able to run much after Phantom Ranch. The Devil's corkscrew really kicked my patootie, too! The pathway I took was North Kaibab directly to the Bright Angel. I wonder if perhaps North Kaibab :next: South Kaibab :next: Tonto East :next: Bright Angel is more pleasant :-k

I was having a hard time keeping from ralphing near to Phantom Ranch and then again at the last 3 miles of the Bright Angel--from over-exertion due to the running, I gather (as opposed to sunstroke or heat exhaustion).

I left an hour after my group, and I still ended up beating all but 4 of the 25 to the top (would've only been beaten by two of them had I just tossed my cookies and kept moving near the end, too).

I took the shuttle over to Mather's campground to take a shower after, and then I headed back to Bright Angel Lodge for some ginger ale for my poor tumtum, but I ran into my group in the parking lot: "Get in the van, Nathan." Fortunately, they hadn't been waiting too long, and I smelled wonderful. :)
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Sep 02 2016
hippiepunkpira
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 Guides 25
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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hippiepunkpirate
Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
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Just one bit of a 4 night stay at the North Rim Campground. We had quite a group up there with a bunch of my in-laws. On this day, we had a late afternoon shower but some sunlight starting to peek through the clouds indicated that a rainbow might be in the cards. The hunch paid off! A full double that just wouldn't stop. I got up on the big rock and secured a spot for the rest of the show. Soon I was joined by a lovely family from North Carolina that had just hiked the across the canyon from the South Rim. They had a bunch of kids (some were teenagers) plus the dad and they were all super friendly and definitely joke-crackers. I had a great time bantering with them and enjoying the beautiful light and weather at the most beautiful place on earth.
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Aug 11 2016
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2016
mt98dew
Hiking1.33 Miles 50 AEG
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Parking at the North Rim Lodge can be challenge. Luckily there are quite a bit of parking spots. You just may have to wait for a bit or walk a little ways to get to the Lodge. On our first of two visits we actually got a parking spot quickly but we did have to walk a little ways to reach Bright Angel Point . But hey, we're at the Canyon. If you can't walk a little ways and enjoy the scenery at the Canyon then you have issues. We parked and followed a trail that hugged the edge of the rim which took us to Bright Angel Point. We did the in and out and then followed a trail that went by the Lodge (which was awesome! Had dinner there one evening. Great views! Great food!). We hit a couple of the overlooks and then headed up a user trail that took us through the cabin area. Great views all around. Would have been nice if one of the overlooks had a "guide" naming all the landmarks that were before us.
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Jul 27 2016
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Transept TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   1.91 mph
1,171 ft AEG
 
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Continuing on our trip across Northern AZ after our Flagstaff stop, we headed up to the North Rim. after a 2.5 hour drive we checked into the Jacob Lake Inn and got a cabin for our family group (sister-in-law and nephews included), spent most of the night on the porch in the cool night air, and in the morning headed to the North Rim. Right after we entered the park, a herd of bison were grazing in the meadow. We had stopped in the Kaibab visitor center next to Jacob Lake and the employees there said that it was bison hunting season and the bison knew exactly where the imaginary line was there the hunters couldn't shoot them and headed right to GCNP. They were dead on correct.

We got started about midday and started along the Bridle Path towards the Bright Angel Point Trail. From there we did the tourist death march out to Bright Angel Point and then northbound towards the Transcept Trail. along that portion, we did the stops at the overlooks to the obligatory pics of the scenery and kept on. Not far along the Transcept Trail, we encountered some orange tape that "suggested" that the trail was closed. But there was not official sign or notice anywhere declaring this. this was also next to a small wooden bridge across a narrow drainage. I immediately ignored the tape and coaxed my extended family to follow me across the drainage. they were very reluctant at first, but once Dmitri made it across easily, everyone else followed. we encountered about four more taped off sections, which were there for flash flood washout sections, which didn't look so bad. just after the last taped off area, we encountered another family coming the other way, which seemed to calm my wife down.

After the first big switchback on the Transcept Trail behind the cabins, we had lunch at the bench under the pines overlooking the open end of the Transcept. since this was just short of the junction with the short trail that connects to the Bridle Path, I suggested I move along with my planned hike to loop the Transcept and Bridle Path Trails and meet up at the visitor center.

Once I got the ok on that, I headed onward on my planned loop. Once the Transcept Trail heads a bit past the nature trail junction, it heads into the pines and junctions with the Bridle Path. I hiked the Bridle Path section to the Kaibab Trail and then back to our parking area, completing the nature trail midsection out and back that my family did without me.

The area had the typical tourist hordes, but since it was the peak time of year, we rolled with it as we were in the Griswold mode, and expected as much. it was still better than the South rim from everything I've read recently.
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Jun 04 2016
laissezfaire
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 Routes 14
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43 female
 Joined Dec 26 2013
 Anthem, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2016
laissezfaire
Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
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For avid hikers this little jaunt to the point is no problem. If you are sightseeing with friends or family who do not get outdoors much, the trek out to the point may be a bit of a challenge. My kids (10 years old) did just fine but hubby and some other members of our group had to take several rest breaks. The view is worth it, of course, so it's well worth the effort for them. :)
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Nov 01 2015
AndreyP
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39 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2015
AndreyP
Hiking0.95 Miles 155 AEG
Hiking0.95 Miles      35 Mns   2.28 mph
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Watched sunset from Bright Angel Point.
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Jul 16 2015
Hippy
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
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Jun 18 2015
hippiepunkpira
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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hippiepunkpirate
Hiking2.25 Miles 280 AEG
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Arrived at the North Rim in the early afternoon and decided to check out the lodge area and go down to Bright Angel Point. I've of course been to the South Rim hundreds of times, but this was my first time at the North Rim. For the reputation it gets as being "not crowded" compared to the South Rim, it was actually more crowded than I was expecting. Yes, the sheer number of visitors is less, but there are also less viewpoints, and the viewpoints themselves are much more cramped, and there seems to be less room to roam, so I actually thought it felt a little more crowded at the North Rim per my expectations going in. I barely lingered at Bright Angel Point because the standing room was so small and was quite full of people. On the way back I went out on the Transept Trail for a short distance before cutting back to the parking lot using an unmarked but well used social trail. After leaving the lodge, I went by Point Imperial and Vista Encantada but just took glimpses before heading to what I considered the main attraction of the day, a dayhike out to Cape Final.
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Jun 18 2015
hippiepunkpira
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Back out to Bright Angel Point for night sky viewing and photography before leaving the North Rim. Met a Mass-hole named Jay (actually, he was a nice guy), and talked constellations with him for a bit.
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Oct 11 2014
charlomechfry
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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking22.49 Miles 5,102 AEG
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Sep 29 2014
Dave1
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44 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Dave1
Hiking0.96 Miles 140 AEG
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Got up early and hiked to the point around 5am to enjoy the early light and silence. As sunrise approached, the silence haters began showing up. Just as the sun came up, it started raining. I booked-it back to the lodge, as it was already cold and the rain wasn't going to help. Had the breakfast buffet at the lodge restaurant. French toast, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, fruit, omelets, etc.. $15. Not bad and the food was pretty good.
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Sep 27 2014
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2014
chumley
Hiking0.96 Miles 140 AEG
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Quick trip out to the point and to the two views below the lodge before the rain began. Spent a few hours in the lodge during the height of the rain and wind enjoying a beverage and maybe a little snooze in the big puffy couches in front of the big picture windows. When things cleared up just before sunset, the views were amazing.

While fighting the rain and biting, raw, cold wind, I was ordering a hot toddy at the saloon when I was approached by somebody who recognized me from HAZ. It's always a pleasure to run into people from this site along the trail or in far flung places like the north rim. It was good to meet quadman there and at 9L's request, he promised he would post his first triplog of his trip to Tilted Mesa the next day... No pressure now! ;)
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Sep 27 2014
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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John9L
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On Saturday morning Chumley and I made our way over to the North Rim Lodge. The weather was overcast but dry and pleasant. We took a quick walk out to Bright Angel Point. This was my second time here and I was able to identify more landmarks in the Canyon. It’s pretty cool looking at areas I’ve been. The views never get old!
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Sep 17 2014
Crzy4AZ
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bright Angel Point TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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4 day trip to the North Rim with just me and Brad for his birthday - a year of planning. His parents taking care of the kids in town.

Incredibly relaxing to be just the two of us and in such a special place. First visited North Rim in 2004 - and most recent visit was August 2008 when I was pregnant with Caroline. So much has changed since then.

We had a double cabin - heck yeah - and got a drink before walking out around Bright Angel Point to watch sunset.
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May 31 2014
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT 
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT
 
Backpack avatar May 31 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack33.01 Miles 1,820 AEG
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Utah/Arizona Strip Trek – May/June 2014

Bryce Canyon NP (BRCA) & Zion (ZION) NP
Kodachrome Basin SP & Coral Pink Sands SP
Pipe Springs (PISP) NM & North Rim Grand Canyon (GRCA) NP

Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - Three National Parks, Two State Parks, One National Monument, Four Days, Three Nights, almost 1000 images, and 24 HAZ trails...

Prelude: Believe it or not but I’ve never been to Bryce Canyon or Zion. With 2 strikes already against me having previously attempted a trip in April (snowed out) and October (snowed out again), Lynn, the dogs and I made a late May attempt battling off strike three!


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DAY 1 - Saturday May 31st
7.44 miles hiking and 390 AEG (39 floors) on FitBit
442 miles on F-150

With business visitors Friday evening, we couldn’t hit the road until early Saturday morning. Made good time and stopped for lunch at the Page AZ Burger King before crossing the Glen Canyon Dam into Utah :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047 . Once in Utah, we passed some familiar sights in the Paria River Valley. Sad to hear the movie set from Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw - Josie Wales” was vandalized and burned to the ground :next: http://www.amwest-travel.com/awt_oldparia.html . Don’t know if I was one of the last to capture images before the set was burned to the ground :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647

Eventually drove past Moqui Cave just north of Kanab UT :next: http://utahcaves.blogspot.com/2008/06/moqui-caves.html . I’ve always wondered if this was a structure incorporating original Anasazi ruins. A little online research says definitely not…

We turned off SR89 and onto Utah Scenic Highway 12 :next: http://www.scenicbyway12.com/ . This was a treat for the first time (finally). Red Canyon gave us a hint of the “eye-candy” yet to come. Stopped at one of the pull-outs along SR12 and hiked the Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926 and a section of Golden Wall Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023 plus some connector trails (Red Canyon Tunnel Trail and Photographers Trail) :next: http://www.utah-trails.com/Tunnel-Trail and http://www.utah-trails.com/Golden-Wall- ... orn-Trails

We eventually wandered into our “pet friendly” basecamp at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City located just north of the park entrance :next: http://www.rubysinn.com/ and http://www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-hi ... hotos.html . This certainly was an international gathering of German, French, and Japanese tourist! After fixing a quick dinner at our basecamp hotel room, needed to stretch those legs around the Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366 .


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Sunday June 1st
10.71 miles and 780 AEG (78 floors) on FitBit
84 miles on F-150

Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/parknews/upload ... 14-web.pdf

Pets in Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm
"Pets are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point"

We knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Undeterred, the Bryce “eye-candy” made up for any missed opportunities :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935 . The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367 offered our first glimpse of the Amphitheater Region. Lynn and I then took turns minding the dogs up on top of the rim to give us each a chance to hike the Navajo and/or Queen’s Garden Loops. See :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998 .

Bryce Amphitheater Region map :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/u ... er-web.pdf
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Sunrise to Sunset Point paved connector trail is dog friendly Sunset Point Inspiration Point Bryce Point

Bryce Southern Scenic Drive viewpoint map :next: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench, Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Black Birch Canyon, Rainbow Point & Yovimpa Points

I had scouted up the Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918 that connects Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Points as a “photo op”. Unfortunately the trail was closed…

On the drive back from the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Fairyland Point. Lynn and the dogs stayed at the rim top while I ventured down the Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546

With the hour approaching 6pm and knowing we still had a couple of hours daylight left, we agreed to head the F-150 over to Kodachrome Basin SP :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/kodachr ... state-park located 7 miles off Highway 12 near Cannonville on Cottonwood Canyon Road :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... erview.png . I had previously viewed Kodachrome Basin from the south on an approach heading north up Cottonwood Canyon Road. On that occasion we had to abort our trip due to slick mud. This time I had an opportunity to view Kodachrome Basin from within the basin – nice! Pre-trip suggestions indicated Angels Palace or Shakespeare's Arch as highly recommended destinations :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Kodachro ... le-UT-5584 . Hiked Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999 followed by an aborted attempt of Shakespeare’s Arch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394 prior to a sundown picnic dinner at TH parking lot. Arrived back at Ruby's Inn basecamp to catch Hawks-Kings game and Game of Thrones...


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Monday June 2nd
6.61 miles and 150 AEG (15 floors) on FitBit
245 miles on F-150

Zion NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
1hr 44min drive per Google Maps from Ruby's Inn to Zion Lodge
Zion 2014 park map and guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/u ... MG2014.pdf

Once again we knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Dogs are allowed on Pa'rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Trail connects Canyon Junction and Zion Visitor Center. Prior to entering the 1.1 mile long Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel on SR9, it was recommended to us to make a stop at the Canyon Overlook Trail :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-c ... -trail.htm and http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/ ... erlook.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368 Once near the Zion Visitor Center, I managed to grab the last available parking spot and we headed out along the Pa’rus trail as mid-morning temperatures hit the mid-80’s. With the scene reminding us too much of Sedona (the bad, not the good), we agreed to head up into the mountains and cooler climate along a back road I had scouted up as “Plan B”. Kolob Terrace Road was identified as an alternative since Zion Canyon can only be accessed by shuttle vehicles (no dogs allowed) :next: http://www.takemytrip.com/07zion/07_08a.htm .
We had a pleasant lunch up at Lava Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/l ... ground.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369 before checking out the West Rim TH :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/w ... -trail.htm and Kolob Reservoir :next: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/detai ... 1154730183 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370 .


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Tuesday June 3rd
8.25 miles and 500 AEG (50 floors) on FitBit
572 miles on F-150

“Getaway Home Day” via a natural curiosity, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/coral-p ... state-park and http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... alpink.jpg and http://www.zionnational-park.com/sdhike.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221 . We discovered colonies of rare Tiger Beetles (only 600-3000 total population of beetles) while hiking the dunes :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and were also treated to a fascinating display of late spring flowers while hiking the Nature Trail :next: http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_coral_pink.htm . South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes in the Mosquith Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601 . From Hancock Road – Yellow Jacket Road intersection, drive 3.5 miles passing the Ponderosa Campground until you reach the intersection of Hancock Road and the 4WD Sand Spring Road on the right. A 4WD vehicle allows travel within .5 mile of the pictographs. If your vehicle will not make it on the soft sandy roads, walk from the "T" in Hancock Road and Sand Dune Spring Road. It is 4 miles, one way, to the pictographs. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to pictographs and petroglyphs begins. From the parking area, walk northeast to locate a path of use through the sand. Continue the gradual descent down the obvious trail. The trail soon becomes obvious as it continues east and then switches direction after a small drop down through the rocks. Continue descending and then traversing the hillside beneath the cliff band on hikers left. Shortly you will arrive at the (chain-link fence protected) South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs. The distance from the parking lot to the pictographs is about .5 mile and the descent is about 150'. The pictographs sit at the back of a large alcove and pictures must be taken from behind the fence 30' away :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/moquith-mountain.htm and http://www.zionnational-park.com/images ... ndex32.htm . This area is a unique hidden gem – highly recommended (and no HAZer has visited this place before?)!

Pipe Springs National Monument :next: http://www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229 .

North Rim of Grand Canyon :next: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-nr.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/u ... im-Map.pdf

Prior to our visit we knew about limited options hiking with dogs at the Grand Canyon North Rim; “Dogs on the North Rim; are not allowed other than the Bridle Trail (Greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance.”

Bridle Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810

Made a stop at the Marble Canyon Navajo Bridge and found “condor city” :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778 before stopping in Flagstaff for a late dinner. Arrived back home just before midnight…


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HIKING SUMMARY
7.44 miles, 390 AEG Saturday
10.71 miles, 780 AEG Sunday
6.61 miles, 150 AEG Monday
8.25 miles, 500 AEG Tuesday

TOTAL = 33.01 miles, 1820 AEG, 24 HAZ trails


141 images on iPhone
310 images on Canon Rebel XT
438 images on Canon 6D
61 images on Canon 7D

TOTAL = 950 images on 4 cameras...


F-150 SUMMARY
442 miles driving Saturday
84 miles driving Sunday
245 miles driving Monday
572 miles driving Tuesday

TOTAL = 1343 miles on F-150 (20.8 mpg). Assuming $3.80 per gallon average, that’s 64.5 gallons consumed for a trip cost of $245.35…


EDITORIAL COMMENT; Coffee in Utah sucks. Maybe that’s too rash since I didn't stop and try the Cafe Adobe/Expresso Rock Shop in Hatch UT... Took a Starbucks “fix” in Flagstaff to return me to equilibrium!

That NPS annual pass comes thru again for $25 entry into Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, plus $8 for Pipe Spring...

Aiming for Fall colour redux at Bryce Canyon Lodge the 1st week of October (looks like only Oct 4-6 or Oct 18-21 availability)? Cabin rentals are $212 per night plus multiple convenience fees and surcharges. Want to get some sunrise/sunset "golden hour" images...

PS - I see this trip tripped me over the 3K distance line for miles logged on HAZ :y:

LINKED HIKES;

Glen Canyon Dam :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047
Paria Movie Set :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647
Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926
Golden Wall :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023
Ruby’s Inn Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366

Bryce Canyon NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935
Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367
Navajo Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000
Queen’s Garden Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998
Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918
Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546
Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999
Shakespeare Arch Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394

Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368
Pa’rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Lava Point Overlook, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369
Kolob Reservoir Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221
South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601
Pipe Springs NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229
Bridle Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810
Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778



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