Stretching our legs for this weeks hike on the North Kaibab trail. Mike will hike down seven miles with me to Cottonwood campground Thursday. Then Friday he hikes back up almost 4,000 feet and I continue down seven more miles to Phantom Ranch. Saturday to Tuesday I’ll be on the Colorado River then fly back to Kanab, Utah where someone will pick me up along with another employee/river runner.
Oh yea, so what does that have to do with hiking to Cape Final? Just a little warm up hike. And Mike testing out his new backpack.
At two gentle miles each way, this is an awesome hike through a healthy Ponderosa Pine forest. Healthy because of fire. I read somewhere that one out of ten mature ponderosa pines on the North Rim have been struck by lightning and the evidence surrounded us.
Along with a colorful wildflower show.
The trail approaches the rim as if from out of nowhere.
Then briefly winds back into the forest.
With a dip and a climb we were back to the rim.
I wanted to see the river. Was it still flowing like chocolate?
Mike put out a delicious picnic lunch.
Then we walked to the tip of Cape Final to enjoy the views. And saw smoke from the New Water fire on the South Rim.
All too soon it was time to head back. How did we know? The Raven told us so.
Why did we listen?
It was time to fly home.
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