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Oct 24 2020
jochal
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Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
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jochal
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Used the very nice color NPS printout as a guide. The guide differs from the official HAZ route by cutting off the long stretch in Lithodendron Wash. Made a wrong turn and kept following an unnamed wash, which took us up the escarpment earlier than the guide directed, so we actually came at the bridge from above.

Quite a few groups headed out while we were returning.

Nice to finally do this one. The park is advertising "off the beaten path" hikes, and I'm hoping to do some more of those in the future.
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john and i thought it would be fun to combine this hike with an overnight backpack along the way
got our permit at the visitor center, where they informed us that we had to be on our way by four
what? :o we decided 4:45 would be close enough
currently the park closes at five due to budget constraints, and they want you out of the painted desert inn parking area by then
i found nothing in the park information stating this, only that you had to get your permit an hour before the visitor center closed
didn't spend as much time as we wanted on our first two little hikes, but got up to painted desert inn and had some dinner in the parking lot
rangers came around and checked our permit and we set out soon after
once a mile away from the inn, we dropped our packs and continued to onyx bridge
easy walking in washes and along a pretty well defined trail much of the way
even a cairn to mark the wash exit
took a couple of wrong turns while not watching the track, but those drainages were well worth exploring
found the big log and wandered around a bit
pretty terrain with plenty of larger petrified wood stumps scattered around
a fun destination
eventually went back to our campsite and set up
nice night although quite windy for a couple hours
almost like a nighttime cooling/downslope effect
brilliant star viewing even with a quarter moon
hiked out in the morning and had coffee and breakfast on the painted desert inn patio
there were a few other parties camping, some clearly not a mile away - the rangers must not check
fun experience and a nice hike
glad we did it that way
never hurts to practice backpacking :)
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Onyx Bridge was our final hike of the day. We backpacked in the one mile minimum, hid our packs, and continued on. Most of the hike is easy going through a big wash. Lots of petrified wood near the bridge. Fun little hike. :)
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Another new one for me! I hit up Petrified Forest National Park for the first time and decided to venture into the wilderness. I really like that this park has no trails and actually encourages wilderness hikers to explore wherever they want. I had marked a couple of spots on the map and connected the dots while just meandering from one scenic spot to another. The day started cloudy, which made the temperature pleasant, but the colors a little bit flat. Eventually the sun came out adding the contrast of blue sky to the landscape, but also a little bit of heat to the hike. I appreciated that no other visitors venture off the paved trail here. I was constantly in awe at the surreal, unearthly sights and geologic marvels around every corner.
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Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
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After reading the various trip logs and picture sets describing this hike, I decided to give it a try as a quick over-nighter. I basically just followed the official route, with some forays into various gullies and such, taking in the scenery and the great January weather. It has been historically dry this year, and I timed it just right with regard to the first and only big precipitation event of the season (so far), returning to Flagstaff just in time to catch a few miles of snowshoeing. Contrary to PaleoRob's description, dogs are allowed into the back country in Petrified Forest NP, and I took mine along. This is a rarity in national parks and monuments so, if you decide to take your dogs, please follow the rules and keep the option available for future use. I found the Onyx Bridge easily by following the route/directions given, and also found the other one as indicated by my Garmin GPS, which is apparently not even a bridge -- but an impressive chunk of petrified wood in it's own right. Didn't spend much time looking for rock art, but with such a diversity of places to explore, expect to see some on future trips. I did, however, find an interesting gully containing a stacked rock feature that I speculated may have been a dam of some sort. Incidentally, I was able to score a rare permit into The Devil's Playground for the previous night, and would recommend that hike as well. It is truly an otherworldly landscape, and being limited to 3 permits per week, on a first come first served basis, doesn't see nearly as much human impact as other areas in the park. I really look forward to spending more time in PEFO, and thanks to the previous trip logs for convincing me to give it a try.
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Mar 09 2017
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Gorgeous day/night backpacking in PeFo wilderness with April. After spending the day cruising through the park we left from Painted Desert Inn in the late afternoon. Followed the wash around to the large flat where we dropped our bags, then headed up the ravine to watch the sunset over Onyx bridge. Camped about a quarter mile away. Probably got down to around freezing overnight, but we brought all the warm clothes we could carry. Next morning we just dayhiked from there, ending up at a really huge petrified log and an interesting white-capped hill that may or may not have been labeled "the Monument" on the trailhead map. Saw a pronghorn? way off in the distance. Then we turned around, picked up our stuff, and walked straight towards the always-visible PDI. This place is absolutely crazy. Moonscaped desert, weird logs, complete solitude. Love it.
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Finally toured the park after driving by many times. Glad we planned a 2 day, one night trip with the overnight in Winslow at the La Posada Hotel. After a stop in Sedona we traveled Hwy 40 to exit 311 that takes you into the North part of the park. This area has a half dozen viewpoints of the painted desert. We always watch the film a the visitor's center! The next day we entered the park off US 180 and drove about 10 miles to Blue Mesa area so we could beat the crowd. If you only have time for one stop this is it. It as about a mile paved path in a loop with beautiful 'blue' rock formations. Then traveled south back toward visitors center stopping at Jasper Forest, Agate bride, Crystal Forest...another path walk.
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Did the first quarter mile or so of the Onyx Bridge Trail, basically just down from the Inn to where the trail leveled out at the bottom, got some pictures, then back up. Another one I plan to return to and complete in its entirety.
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My girlfriend and I stayed the weekend in Pine, intending to take our first trip to Fossil Creek this day, but with a thunderstorm in the forecast, and the fact that it was already raining when we got up, we had to change our plans. We wanted to go somewhere we'd never been before, so we decided to check out the Petrified Forest. Random, I know, considering this is a good 2 hr drive from Pine, but I'm really glad we went. I didn't know much about what to expect from this place, but it was awesome! Didn't realize how big this place is and how much there is to see.

We came in from the south entrance. There were a lot of tourists but it didn't seem especially crowded, since it was a Monday. It was mostly clear when we got there, but we could see a big storm coming in from the south, and soon enough started hearing the thunder. We stopped at pretty much all of the major spots along the way through the park, and hiked all the short trails. The storm was getting closer and closer, and it started lightly raining on us on the Crystal Forest Loop.

By the time we got to the Jasper Forest overlook it started pouring on us, and the thunder was crashing right overhead. We had to get back in the car and wait it out for 20 minutes or so. Once the rain slowed down we continued up the road to the Agate Bridge. That was definitely a cool spot. With all the rain there was water flowing and actually a waterfall under the bridge. There was water flowing all over the park actually, which I'm sure was a sharp contrast to how this park normally looks.

We kept going up to Blue Mesa and that was probably my favorite spot of the day. The Blue Mesa Trail was a great, short hike. It was cool being able to actually go down into the little canyon. Like a lunar landscape down there. There were little streams of milky water flowing all over the place. Pretty much no one else down there with us.

Unfortunately we had to rush a bit by the time we got to Puerco Pueblo. It was already after 4pm and we had a 4 hr drive back home to Phoenix ahead of us. We still had time to stop at a couple of the Painted Desert vistas though. Beautiful. I would love to come back here again with more time for hiking. We stopped at the Falcon Cafe in Winslow for dinner on the way home. We'll never stop there again...
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Great wildflower show, which I wasn't expecting. Blankets of flowers all over the place.
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Return of the Painted Desert Rendezvous, AZ 
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PEFO Pilot Rock Adventure 2014 - "Return of the Painted Desert Rendezvous"
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8281

Rob del Desierto and I had talked about a PEFO wilderness backpack for some time and agreed that late September would be a great time to target an ascent of the PEFO high point, Pilot Rock :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2238

As the date approached for the wilderness adventure, some crazy weather starting showing up in the forecast. This served as the primary filter whittling the original 19 committed/interested group of HAZers down to two! Rob and I had exchanged emails indicating both of us were committed no matter what Mother Nature wanted to throw at us - we had plenty of back up plans including;

1. Onyx Bridge :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=874
2. Puerco Pueblo and nearby rock art :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=875
3. PEFO Ranger selections from NPS site :next: http://www.nps.gov/pefo/off-the-beaten-path.htm (Devil's Playground?)
4. Rock Art Ranch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1303
5. Grand Falls :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=51

Rob arrived at my Ahwatukee home mid-afternoon and mid-dust storm we were on our way to Holbrook. We were treated to a great light show along the I-40 between Flagstaff and Holbrook. Once checked into our Holbrook Best Western base camp, we broke out the BBQ to grill up some choice steaks and corn-on-the-cob. We were soon joined by a lost beagle. Toko was her name per the engraved heart dangling from her collar. A phone number was also engraved on the heart. We called the surprised owner who promptly sent her brother over to Room 115 to collect the grateful beagle (grateful for the steak samples that is).

Saturday dawn broke with some surprisingly clear skies and a forecast for heavy showers beginning mid-morning.

We forced down some of the Best Western breakfast buffet (the self-made waffle with fresh fruit gets the only passing marks) while sitting amongst all the French tourists. Loaded up the F-150 and headed to PEFO about 20 miles east along the I-40 from Holbrook. We made a slight detour along the way, checking out the flooded Lithodendron Wash. Having explored this rare sight, we made our way over to the park entrance. I had my NPS annual pass ready, but we were being waved through by the Ranger indicating it was one of the "free entrance fee" days at the National Parks - enjoy!

We pulled up to Painted Desert Inn ready to explore the PEFO Black Forest and Quest for Onyx Bridge, but needed to alter plans. I had a chance to explore some parts of Mary Colter's renovation of the Painted Desert Inn :next: http://www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/u ... b-2013.pdf and Painted Desert Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2236 while Rob took care of business from afar.

We continued our PEFO hiking flexibility by heading over to Puerco Pueblo and exploring the petroglyphs along the west service road heading towards Newspaper Rock.

Our afternoon featured a surprisingly dry and mud-free trek towards Onyx Bridge and some preliminary route finding towards Pilot Rock. Thanks Rob for pointing out the rock art panels and dinosaur fossils along the route.

We wrapped up with a late afternoon BBQ of some brats n beer at the Chinde Point picnic table area :next: http://www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/u ... _large.pdf before hitting the road back to the PHX area. I think I've got Rob convinced that all Country & Western tunes must contain one of the three main theme items;
1. Girls/Women
2. Alcohol
3. Trucks
Truly visionary Country & Western tunes contain all three main theme items...



Fitbit totals; 15.16 miles and 1060 AEG

Photos to follow (when I get the chance)...

PS. Post hike, we obtained an NPS brochure for Onyx Bridge :next: http://www.nps.gov/pefo/upload/Onyx-Bridge-Hike-2.pdf (includes GPS coordinates for bridge - feeling foolish thwarted again?)

PPS. Rob and I agree that a Spring Redux is mandatory to conquer Pilot Rock and the ever elusive, Onyx Bridge. :)
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Apr 26 2014
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Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
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I had never given it much thought to go explore the Petrified Forest NP but after this weekend i was completely amazed by the place. Who knew walking around petrified wood would be so much entertaining?
Our original plan had us taking off from Kachina point TH (Painted Desert Inn) and head over to Onyx bridge and then onto Pilot rock. We did go to Onyx bridge but the weather started to take a turn for the worse as we started making our way farther into the wilderness. 50+ MPH winds and blowing dust were okay to deal with but as soon as the rain started we were forced to find a flat area in which to take shelter from it and the rain then turned into sleet and then snow. It was amazing to witness a complete transformation of the painted desert from dry arid land to red creek water mixed with snow on the ground. The wind never really let down the entire day. Our plan was to stay overnight in the park but the strong winds and wet conditions broke our friend's tarp tent, after the snow stopped we made the decision to head back out in the mud because we knew it was going to be a cold and windy night and didnt want to expose our friend to a cold night (we didnt have room in the three other tents to have him spend the night).
It was pure joy to see this normally bone dry area filled with red water, dark cumulous clouds and some short lived snow. I definitely want to go back to this place soon. It is amazing to me not many more people dont visit this gem in NE Arizona.
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Nice outing.
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About twelve years ago I made a visit to Petrified Forest National Park. My overall impression was that it was kind of boring. At the time I didn't really understand what a petrified forest was (you mean it's not an actual forest?), and I never ventured too far away from my car to enjoy the park to its fullest potential. Well, that certainly wasn't the case for this trip. This was my first solo backpack and, not counting an ASU-sponsored trip to Havasu Canyon over a decade ago, my first backpacking experience of any kind.

My reason for choosing the Painted Desert was due to its location in a national park. I've been wanting to try backpacking for a while, but haven't felt comfortable with being out in the wild all alone. Choosing a national park, where I had to check in with a ranger and leave a description of my trip and an estimated time of return assuaged some of my fears. Thankfully, that didn't make the trip any less adventurous.

From The Painted Desert Inn at Kachina Point I dropped down into Arizona's badlands. They're similar to the badlands I visited in North Dakota and Montana last month, but with more color and less vegetation. They're still rugged, windswept and muddy though. My first stop was Onyx Bridge, easy enough to find with the GPS coordinates, but kind of a letdown. I guess I was expecting something bigger. When I heard "bridge" I was expecting something that I could walk across. Something that actually traversed over something. There are bigger petrified logs in the park, but most of them are spliced into segments. The only unique feature about this one is that it's one whole log.

After Onyx Bridge I continued north and then contoured west toward Pilot Rock. Going this way allowed me to avoid the most rugged part of the Black Forest Wilderness. About one mile from Pilot Rock I dropped my gear and marked the waypoint on the map. I wasn't going to carry all my gear to the top of Pilot Rock so I soldiered on, carrying only water and food. It took some time to figure out an ascent route, but I eventually made it to the summit of the highest point in Petrified Forest National Park. From the top you get to see just how vast the Painted Desert really is. West of Pilot Rock you can see where the high plains just drop off into the pink dunes of the Painted Desert, which stretches as far as the eye can see. This is definitely seldom-visited terrain. There were only two other entries in the summit register in the past 18 months. I added my name, but didn't realize until I dropped down from the summit that I forgot to include the date of my visit. Oh well, I wasn't going back just for that.

Returning to pick up my gear, I proceeded east toward the heart of the Black Forest. The sun was starting to set. I knew navigating my way across the badlands at dusk would prove to be difficult so I looked for a spot to set up camp. The land here can be very flat, but it's also very windy. I struggled setting up my tent for almost 45 minutes. Just when I thought I had it, the wind lifted the stakes out of the ground and pulled one of the tent poles loose, causing the whole thing to collapse on top of me. I chose to move on in the dark (admittedly not a smart move) and find a better spot. Eventually I settled in a less windy area. Instead of using the tent I just laid out my tarp and rolled myself up in the sleeping bag, sleeping under the stars.

I awoke at first light and packed up my gear. Crossing those hills turned out to be a real challenge. At one point I had to throw my pack down below me and scoot my way down a hill on my butt. Eventually, I found a small drainage. I snaked my way through it until it lead to a wide wash on the east side of the Black Forest. From there it was flat terrain until the final climb back to the Painted Desert Inn. It was quite the experience. It truly is another world down there, unlike any other terrain I've ever traversed in Arizona. I enjoyed backpacking, but my body and feet are hurting two days later. Like everything else, it's probably something I'll have to do a few times just to get used to.
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Mar 14 2012
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Tuesday night after work I drove up to Holbrook and stayed the night to begin my Hiking/Road Trippin Journey.

First Stop Onyx Bridge. This is in the Book "100 Classic Hikes in Arizona" by Scott Warren. I am making good progress on completing them all.

The hike is really pretty cool and very different than anything else I have experienced. It is in the Painted Desert and is like a giant sandbox hiking playground. Finding the Onyx Bridge isn't the easiest thing in the world but isn't impossible either. There was a lady and her dog camping about a 100 yards from bridge. It seemed like an odd place to set up camp if you ask me but hey what do I know? After finding the bridge I just roamed around taking it all in. I attempted to climb straight up side of one of the large sand cliffs but about half way up I came sliding right back down. (you can see my attempt on the GPS route) :)

Headed on back to the trailhead and on to hike two of the day. Thumbs up on this one if you happen to be in the area!
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Back up at PeFo for a short period of time.

Had to get out to Onyx Bridge, which is probably one of my favorite hikes in Arizona. No one out there but the ravens and I, as is usual.
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Neat place to wander around if the weather is mild, there's an awful lot of giant stone logs out there. Between the USGS topo map and some advice from a ranger it wasn't too hard to find the Onyx Bridge, which is located almost exactly one-quarter mile due southwest of where its (incorrectly) shown on the topo map.
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Welcome to the moon! Once you drop 600 feet off the rim the world is totally different. Checked in with the ranger who gave me GPS cords. to Onyx Bridge and after a neat hike I arrived at what she said was the the bridge. My GPS had it marked in a different place and think this was the real Onyx Bridge.
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I must say I never get tired of this one, always take a new route and see something new.
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Dec 21 2009
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Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2009
rally_toad
Hiking4.50 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
345 ft AEG
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this is always a good one.
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Aug 03 2009
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Onyx BridgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking5.20 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.95 mph
345 ft AEG
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wallyfrack
After hiking over 32 miles and 5000' vertical the previous two days, Wally and I slept in until 6am before driving over 100 miles to the Petrified Forest to find the Onyx Bridge. This hike turned out to be a perfect topper for the extended weekend of hiking, not being too hard to do and having remarkable scenery.

The trail starts right behind the Painted Desert Inn Museum and drop a good 200' or more to the desert floor below. Once there, it's a matter of following the various washes and drainages to the Onyx Bridge, which is an ancient petrified trees that has fallen over a wash. Without having my GPS that told us exactly where the Onyx Bridge is, I can't imagine that we would have found it. The area is mostly flat and the best to get there seems to follow the various washes that will lead right up to it, if you know which general direction to go. The amount of petrified wood is amazing, and the colors and layers of sand and dirt there are amazing. We spotted another downed petrified tree very close to the Onyx Bridge (SW of it) on top of a hill that was also quite interesting.

On our way back, Wally and I split up as I started to follow my GPS track of our way out, only to decide to take a more beeline approach, while Wally drifted to the west. I ended up too far east and has to make my way over a hill, which I didn't mind at all since it gave me more scenery to photograph. After we finished, we met up rally_toad for a bit to say hi before we made our way back home. This turned out to be a very decent weekend of hiking, and the next best option to celebrate my 40th birthday while my family is still on extended vacation in Serbia.
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