The Arizona Trail, Day 5: Southern Kaibab Plateau (Passage 40), Part II (Trans-Arizona/Utah Hike Day 12)

Aspens continue to take center stage throughout the day as the terrain rolls. From Telephone Hill the trail descends to Crane Lake, one of the Kaibab Plateau’s many limestone depressions that seasonally fill with water. Trail angels have also left water caches in several places, which given how dry the weather continues to be, is welcome.

From Crane Lake the trail runs through aspens and mixed conifer forest southward to Pleasant Valley. It passes a large pond, and Little Pleasant Valley Tank. I encounter Katya from Minnesota, who had started the AZT in the spring but had to leave due to work, then returned to Globe and is now on the verge of finishing. She gives me some intel on where I might find cell service for my interview at Organ Pipe tomorrow, which would prevent me from having to call at the very end of the working day after hiking another 17 miles – the most likely circumstance under which I will reach the developed area on the North Rim tomorrow, if I reach it tomorrow at all.

Relive Video, Part II
A large pond – a rare source of water at the end of a dry summer – sits beside conifer-covered hills on the rolling southern section of the Kaibab Plateau
Wild turkeys run across the Arizona Trail on the southern Kaibab Plateau
Mixed conifer forest and golden rice grass meadows on the southern Kaibab Plateau
Blue spruce, signifying higher elevations
Arizona Trail through mixed conifer forest
Mixed conifer forest along the Arizona Trail
Mixed conifer forest along the Arizona Trail
Mixed confer forest bordering meadows along the Arizona Trail
Arizona Trail entering mixed conifer forest on the Kaibab Plateau South Passage (Passage 40)
Aspens among mixed conifer trees on the Kaibab Plateau
Aspens among conifer trees on Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South)
The Arizona Trail descends into Pleasant Valley, toward aspens and conifers in fall foliage
Aspens and conifers wait around the bend as the Arizona Trail descends into Pleasant Valley
Aspens and conifers cover the hillsides of the rolling southern Kaibab Plateau on Passage 40 of the Arizona Trail. AZ-67 is on the extreme right in the main portion of Pleasant Valley.

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