The Arizona Trail, Day 5: Central Kaibab Plateau, Part 1 (Trans-Arizona/Utah Hike Day 12)

The North Rim tried to kill me last night. I woke up at 2:45 with a frozen left big toe. I pulled my shell layer into my bag in an effort to stay warm and managed to do so. I got up around six when the sun breaks over and head south across the burn area. The wind is brutal, continuing to blow me sideways on the trail in places. More magnificent aspen groves commence amid the rolling plateau.

Relive video, Part I

I eventually crest Telephone Hill and reenter the forest, getting a respite from the wind.

Aspen groves across Hwy 67, view from top of Telephone Hill, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
Aspen groves across Hwy 67, view from top of Telephone Hill, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
Ponderosa pines line the Arizona Trail on Telephone Hill, at the south end of the Warm Fire burn scar in the Kaibab National Forest
Aspen groves across Hwy 67, view from top of Telephone Hill, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
Aspens among pines on Telephone Hill, Kaibab National Forest
Aspen groves across Hwy 67, view from top of Telephone Hill, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

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