Another cold morning. There are icicles in my water and some food has frozen. I’m on the trail around 7:30. I’m in the vicinity of the highest point on the entire Arizona Trail. Setting out, the trail winds through meadows and past more aspen groves mixed with spruce/fir forest and crosses the unmarked highpoint just before reaching the Grand Canyon National Park boundary. Passing a boundary sign similar to the one encountered at Lee’s Ferry two weeks ago when I first set out, the AZT passes through another extensive aspen meadow and eventually a trail branches off leading to the historic North Rim fire lookout.
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Hi! I’m Chris, or as I’m known on the trail, Aspen. My trail name comes from the aspen foliage that I hiked through in northern Arizona on my thruhike of the Arizona Trail. I have traveled, hiked, and cycled all over the US and many countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe as well. I have traveled to 44 US states and numerous countries across each of these areas. I write about the hiking and cycling that I do across North America as well as my visits each of our 419 national parks; I aim to visit each one. My current total is over 170. I also work as a seasonal ranger, so feel free to ask me anything about a park and I’ll happily share any advice I may have on that park so you can have an enjoyable visit. My most recent thruhike of the Arizona Trail started on September 21st at Lee’s Ferry and arrived at the northern trailhead on September 28th, and Mexico on January 9th. In between, I hiked south through “the land of Arizona, through the desert heat and snow, [along] a trail for folks to follow, from Utah to Old Mexico.” View all posts by Aspen