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Sep 04 2021
ultrazona
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking3.90 Miles 449 AEG
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Jun 21 2021
hikeaz
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 Tempe, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Backpack3.90 Miles 449 AEG
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Scored a backcountry permit to camp here on the Rim....Nice place.
Easy, well-treed trail meandering through the woods, ending at an awe-inspiring viewpoint spanning to Point Imperial, The Painted Desert and Unkar Rapid to name a few.
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Aug 25 2019
cabel
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56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.42 Miles 449 AEG
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If you are at the North Rim you have to do this.
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Jul 30 2019
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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toddak
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Jun 03 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.20 Miles 536 AEG
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I had a hot spot on my foot when I got to this trail so I was a little whinny. The trail itself was a good stroll through the forest. Pretty much all the way with a few nice viewpoints as you close in on your Final destination :D . The last little rock climb wasn't kid friendly but a couple view points before might be with some hand holding. :D
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Jul 29 2017
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Hansenaz
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My son and I took a quick journey north. Stopped in at the GC North Rim for lunch than an enjoyable drive on the eastern road to the "capes and points"....hadn't been out there before. Very nice. We did the 4mi roundtrip walk out to Cape Final. Nice one...we saw about 50 people along the way but N.Rim people are generally good ones.

Cape Final photos:
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We camped at an overlook point in the National Forest.

I'd always wanted to drive up House Rock Road on the west side of Vermillion Cliffs. Never been up there because I could never win the Wave lottery. We went up anyway with a plan to do the short walk from the Trailhead to Buckskin Gulch just to see the area. Very cool place. We chickened out on descending the 10' obstacle at the top of the first slot (my son has a sore hand and I'm not athletic). The bypass is fun and well cairned these days....we did work to un-Nancy Boy ourselves on the return though by climbing up the 10' debris cliff...not too bad.

Really enjoyed the way the canyon opens up at Buckskin Gulch and seeing the old petroglyphs there.

Encountered two foreign couples heading for the Wave on our way back. Lucky lottery folks...didn't speak English.

We took House Rock Road out the top...no problem except for one muddy creek crossing that stopped at least one small rental car. Home in time for Happy Hour.

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Jun 23 2017
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking4.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.67 mph
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I enjoy cape final but only once or twice a summer unless I'm taking a tour out there.

Good chunk of wildflowers, mostly lupine and a few larkspur.

Saw 5 deer and some sort of hawk.
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Sep 28 2016
AZWanderingBear
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.22 Miles 768 AEG
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Day 2 of our 1205 mile road trip in, Bullit, our new overland vehicle started with breakfast in camp at Marble Overlook. This was planned an easy day. We lingered around Marble Overlook taking in the views and then drove south to GCNP and took a left to the Cape Final TH. The change in elevation from Phoenix to here was pretty obvious in the early gentle uphill grade of the trail. We took it slow. The cool temperatures were welcome and the rain stayed away.

The views from the multiple side trails and Cape Final makes for a tremendous payoff for hiking the easy trail. We hung out for a while enjoying the cloud shadows playing on the Canyon below and then made our way back and on over to the North Rim's campground for showers and libations.
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Sep 28 2016
AZBeaver
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.22 Miles 768 AEG
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Catching up in logging a great trip AZ Wandering Bear and I took 27 September through 6 October 2016. Cape Final was beautiful. I'm copying the description from AZ Wandering Bear as I have nothing more or new to add to this description:

Day 2 of our 1205 mile road trip in, Bullit, our new overland vehicle started with breakfast in camp at Marble Overlook. This was planned an easy day. We lingered around Marble Overlook taking in the views and then drove south to GCNP and took a left to the Cape Final TH. The change in elevation from Phoenix to here was pretty obvious in the early gentle uphill grade of the trail. We took it slow. The cool temperatures were welcome and the rain stayed away.

The views from the multiple side trails and Cape Final makes for a tremendous payoff for hiking the easy trail. We hung out for a while enjoying the cloud shadows playing on the Canyon below and then made our way back and on over to the North Rim's campground for showers and libations.
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Jul 03 2016
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking3.90 Miles 292 AEG
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Took a tour out to CF yesterday, it was warm but had a Lovely breeze!

Fell in love (again) with Unkar Creek...i gotta get down there! It just looks so...hot and desolate and hard to get to!!
Sounds perfect.
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Hippy
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Hiking3.90 Miles 292 AEG
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My boss from the South Rim came up Monday to help get things settles for my north rim tours. We spent all Monday with our noses in books and hands on paperwork, ugh!

We opted to get some field time today with a quick trip to Cape Final before a phone meeting with the director. Phew!

Really fun to pull out the map and identify Landmarks that I'm not so use to seeing, like Chuar and Siegfried and Cape Solitude from this angle, so cool!
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Nov 01 2015
AndreyP
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 Moscow, RU
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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AndreyP
Hiking4.30 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   3.04 mph
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My favorite trail on the North Rim. It is smooth and goes through the forest, doesn't attract huge crowds and cannot accommodate them due to limited parking and most of all because it brings you to Cape Final - a point around which Grand Canyon turns from southbound to westbound, so you have a 270° view of actual Canyon with Vermilion Cliffs as a background on one side and San Francisco Peaks on the other. On the outer side of this turn stands the barely distinguishable Desert View Tower.
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hippiepunkpirate
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 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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hippiepunkpirate
Hiking4.50 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.84 mph
570 ft AEG      38 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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This was the highlight of my day at the North Rim, previously doing Bright Angel Point, and then heading out to Cape Royal after. There were five other cars at the parking lot, and I passed four groups of people that were leaving as I hiked in. It turned out to be a nice recipe for solitude. I only had to "share" the view with a German couple that hiked in about the same time I did, but there was ample space out at the point so that I was able to claim some alone time. The hike in was a little remiscent of my South Rim favorite, Shoshone Point. The walk to Shoshone is about half the length and on a road, while this one is on a real single track trail, yet both are relatively mellow walks through Ponderosa Pine, transitioning to PJ woodlands at the canyon rim. On this day, there were even fields of blue lupine, much I like I have so often encountered walking to Shoshone in summer. I was originally planning on backpacking this trail and camping at the point, but my new hammock never came so I just decided to dayhike it, and was able to scope out the hammock camping digs along the way. Found a nice place to string a hammock between two pinons with a view east over the Canyon to the Painted Desert. Spent some time relaxing and soaking up some one-on-one time with the Canyon at a couple different rock outcroppings, then headed back in order to try out Cape Royal at sunset.
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Sep 29 2014
Dave1
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45 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Dave1
Hiking4.19 Miles 519 AEG
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Easy hike to stretch my legs. Some water pockets at the rim if you run out of water after 2.1 miles.

Stopped by the BC office to pick up some permits.

October 12-13, AH9 use area. Plan to go down Cottonwood Creek, cross the river then explore up Vishnu Creek. Cross back and hike out Grapevine. Alternate plan: Down Hance, cross near Mineral and explore Asbestos canyon.

November 9-10, AF9. Do Todd Martin's trip up Carbon and Down Lava.

Anyone interested?
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Sep 27 2014
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking4.37 Miles 574 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.01 mph
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Took a trip out to Cape Final before the rain set in. Nice part of the canyon. It really shows how much higher you are than the eastern canyon/Palisades. Nice view over to Cape Solitude and Chuar Butte.

It was fun to spot recognizable landmarks I've been to on the south rim, including Desert View, Tanner, Escalante, Cardenas, Red Canyon, Horseshoe Mesa and Grandview. Always nice to see these places from a different perspective.
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Sep 27 2014
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
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This was our second stop of the day. It was late morning and the weather was still holding off. The entrance station said there is a 100% chance of precipitation today. We decided the 4.5 mile hike to Cape Final would be a good option.

The hike follows an old road and there are a few viewpoints along the hike. We continued on and reached the Cape and enjoyed the views as we explored the general area. I thought there were some ruins down below but we couldn’t spot anything worth checking out. The weather started turning as high winds whipped through. After a few minutes we started our return and had a light sprinkle that was enjoyable. This is a nice hike if you want something quick and easy with wonderful views of the eastern part of the Grand Canyon.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking3.90 Miles 292 AEG
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Used this little hike to get acclimated before our big hike the following day. Beautiful forest at the start - then several spots to check out views.
Had lunch on the trail then back to the cabin to nap before more drinks/dinner.
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 Tucson, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
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We had hoped to get a permit for this hike as there is an awesome campsite up here but we didn't get lucky so we just had to hike it. As usual this couple miles of trail delivers so much bang for the buck.

The forest is still beautiful with nice space between the trees and grass blowing below. This time I noticed how close we were to the Rim to the east of us as we headed north. There was a variety of wildflowers out too and a critter or two as well. You go up a couple hills before hitting the plateau but not before passing the troob, still there in all its glory.

At the first viewpoint, I noticed a side trail so I went over on that to get a different angle. It was a great day so far, other than the bit of rain and overcast we experienced at Point Imperial just an hour or so ago. We continued on and hit every viewpoint, there are 4 and each is worthy of a look-see.

Along the way we did see a meadow of paintbrush. It was at quite a distance but I did zoom in for a couple pictures. At the main Viewpoint of Cape Final, the holes in the rocks were full of water from all the rain so we had to be careful where we sat. We also had a squirrel squirreling around us so had to keep an eye on the Tibber snacks. I'm sure he would have delighted in some seaweed squares :) . We sat for quite awhile taking it all in as there is so much to see from here :y: .

On the way back we continued to marvel at all of the wildflowers and the beautiful forest. As we were making our way down the last hill, Clyde and Chris were coming up to let us know the picnic at Cape Royal was canceled for various reasons. We were not happy about that as it's such a beautiful place to have dinner. Oh well :cry:. We went up there anyway to get our pictures.

Video at the Viewpoints: http://youtu.be/4o57FSzLEaA
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cape Final TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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tibber
Hiking4.36 Miles 292 AEG
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2nd hike of the day. I had no idea what was in store but it's new territory and it is a trail with vistas of the Grand Canyon so I don't think you could go too wrong here. There were about 4 other vehicles at this TH that had a sign, "hikers only". So off we went on a nice trail as we slowly ascended through the beautiful ponderosa interspersed with some wildflowers here and there. We saw a few more wildflowers and different kinds on this trip than we did Uncle Jim Trail.

The trees were quite spread out so it almost seemed more like a walk in a park than a forest. We eventually came across a tree that Wendy said had a pimple. On our way back when we were with the rest of the crew, they settled on TROOB [-X but then again :lol: . Stay tuned for that photo! We are hiking along and notice that Lorie, Jama and Clyde are talking to someone that they obviously knew. Well come to find out it was one of our ABC group who had come up earlier and was working on his rapelling.

So he joined us for the rest of our hike. We would take a side trail out to a vista. The cloud cover was pretty significant at this time but it did not detract from our view of the canyon where you can see all the way over to Point Imperial :) , our previous stop. We stayed here for a bit relishing the view before heading on. You continue through the forest until you come to another side trail that has an interesting vista as well.

We did encounter a few hikers along the way especially as we made that final push down into a bit of a short valley and up to that second vista point. After finishing our gawking here where you could see into the gorge we came back out to the main trail and then came to Cape Final. You walk past the sign and over to the right to get your first look into this part of the canyon but then you come back out and around, climb some rock and wha la; the view of the day so far :y: . It was great!

We soaked this up surveying the landscape like watching a game of tennis with our eyes dancing back and forth, back and forth. It was an enjoyable time to share with fellow hikers as we had no need to be in any kind of hurry since our next stop was just up the road a piece. It was hard, but we finally pulled ourselves away from Cape Final and headed back.

The cloud cover was breaking now so the sun was shining through. We came up on the side trail to the first vista we had stopped at and decided we needed to go over and take a look again. Since the clouds had shifted, so had the light. I think I liked the landscape better with the earlier cloud cover as it added more of a mystique to our views.

We continued on our way at a pretty good pace plus we were heading down hill. We came upon the Troob that others had missed on the way up and had some fun with that. We also started to encounter more hikers less than a mile from the trailhead that wondered how close they were to Cape Final....we told them they only had another mile to go. Not that they would know what another mile was.

Anyway, this was a great hike and you get a lot of bang for your buck in a short period of time. Would love to hang out at Camp Final overnite and would do this hike the next time I was in the area.

Here is the video from that hike: http://youtu.be/19-T6-Qtw8M

Oh, may I suggest you change the quality on youtube to HD1080. You can find that setting next to the minutes just below the video screen (or next to the clock icon)
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