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

Toward the end of the day there is a second encounter with another thruhiker, this time with Eric, the hiker that I encountered several days ago when he was headed northbound (nobo) to Utah; he’s now headed southbound (sobo). Hiking together for a stretch, Eric and I come to a golden tree tunnel of aspens where the trail bends away from the road, then descend into Upper Tater Canyon. He’s moving faster so he presses on. It’s nearing sunset, but I can feel the breeze start to pick up and come up the valley. I have no desire to repeat last night, so exhausted as I am, I push through an extra few miles to reach cover. The trail crosses Upper Tater and ascends a ridge on the east side as it heads toward the east rim of the Kaibab Plateau. I spot a relatively flat camp spot beside the trail with some trees that can act as a wind fence and call it a day after about 17-18 miles just shy of the East Rim overlook where I hope to have service for my interview.

Relive video, Part III
Arizona Trail descending into Pleasant Valley, Kaibab Plateau South (Passage 40), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Panoramic aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Panoramic aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Panoramic aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage among mixed conifers along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage among mixed conifers along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Golden tunnel of aspens along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspens along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspens along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Golden tunnel of aspens along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Golden aspens along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Panoramic aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage among mixed conifers along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen foliage along the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Evening in Upper Tater Canyon on the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Evening in Upper Tater Canyon on the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Evening in Upper Tater Canyon on the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Evening in Upper Tater Canyon on the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspen grove in Upper Tater Canyon on the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Evening in Upper Tater Canyon on the Arizona Trail, Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspens and mixed conifer lining the Arizona Trail climbing out of Upper Tater Canyon on Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Aspens and mixed conifer lining the Arizona Trail climbing out of Upper Tater Canyon on Passage 40 (Kaibab Plateau South), Kaibab National Forest
Day 12 route

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