Arizona Trail, Day 15: Passage 37, Grand Canyon South Rim (Trans-Arizona/Utah Hike Days 21)

Unfortunately, I feel like the past few days off have broken my rhythm in terms of mileage. I spent last night with some friends on the South Rim before returning to camp for the night. Unfortunately, it seems I left my wallet at Maswik when I stopped there for dinner. So I’m up early, and head back to pick up my wallet at Maswick. I also grab some more cold weather gear at the Market before returning to the trail. I push through about 6 miles on the day across the Coconino Plateau, through more limestone ridges, rice grass meadows, scrub, and pines with gambel oaks. The trail ultimately passes through an area that seems the subject of a recent prescribed burn shortly before I call it for the night. The oaks aren’t quite the aspens but they are putting on a good show as well. Tonight is going to be a cold one; I set up the tent for the frst time on the trip to combat that. All clothes and electronics are in my sleeping bag tonight. The forecast is for the temperature to go down to 16ºF tonight, but unlike the Kaibab there’s no wind, so here’s hoping it’s a bit more manageable. Fingers crossed.

Arizona Trail sign, Kaibab National Forest, showing 113 miles to Utah, 688 to Mexico
The Arizona Trail through ponderosa forest, Kaibab National Forest
Gambel oaks amid ponderosa pines, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona
Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass Kaibab National Forest
Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass, Kaibab National Forest
Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass, Kaibab National Forest
Gambel oaks in fall foliage amid ponderosa pines and rice grass, Kaibab National Forest

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