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Anyone here hike or bike the Rim a lot?

Discussion in 'Arizona' started by 0uTkAsT, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Aug 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM
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    A friend and I are looking to to a 2-day hike, taking our time and camping over night with minimal supplies (literally a 2L day pack each with some Power Bars, a sleeping bag, and a knife). We're looking for a full loop where we can park the truck over night and circle back around the next day, no more than ~10-13 miles total, preferably at higher elevation to keep temps down. We want something moderately challenging but nothing crazy... not a walk down a dirt road and not a hike on the edge of a cliff. Any suggestions? Links to topo maps? (can you still stop at ranger stations for free maps nowadays?)

    Any tips are helpful! Thanks :)

    ETA: One final thing I forgot is that we'd like to be relatively secluded despite the short trail we're looking for... We don't want to be tripping over people or camp someplace with a ton of human traffic.
     
  2. Aug 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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    Have you tried googling trails/areas yet?
     
  3. Aug 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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    Yeah and all I find is a bunch of bullshit wanting monthly membership subscriptions, or up to $16 just for a map. I found a good site with helpful reviews of trails but their free maps are garbage and they don't map it for you on Google. It's pretty lame.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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    I drive the rim during the winter times. Its a very nice area! Sorry I dont have much feedback on the hiking around there but the area is nice so I would image the hiking being nice as well!
     
  5. Aug 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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    I think I still have my trails.com membership... lemme look here in a few. I know there's a trail up near Pinetop not far from my dad's cabin... but I haven't checked it out myself yet. I do plan to do a lot of exploring up there now that I have a place to crash at :p
     
  6. Aug 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM
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    Yeah I have dirt biked most of the area, I would say just explore the area and find the terrain your looking for, there are really cool hiking trails out underneath the powerlines out there, but there are trails that go bottom to top and then some stay around the same elevation.

    And i would take a ton of water. And the fire restrictions are lifted I think cause of all the rain, but when I was there earlier this summer fires weren't allowed
     
  7. Aug 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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    Yeah I've heard the fire restrictions have been lifted. I think we picked a trail, Cabin Loop, its on the Rim and 18 miles total.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    you won't catch me walking 18 miles!
     
  9. Aug 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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    We're not sure if that's the trail we're going to hit, but we're heading for that area and it came highly recommended by three guys on two different gun forums so it must be good. Seems to fit the bill for difficulty and seclusion. NOAA has a 30% chance of rain for Saturday night so we're bringing ponchos and tarps but this might be a miserable weekend or it could be a ton of fun. As long as we avoid biting bugs, poisonous snakes, flash floods, and don't get struck by lightning, we'll be good.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM
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    I regularly camp up on a loop, right on the rim. Very secluded. 3 camps max along the way.
     
  11. Aug 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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    There are some decent trails listed all over the Rim area on that site. They even rate the solitude of the trail, whether it's dog-friendly, etc. The instructions seem pretty clear, but who knows how old the information is on some of them. Most of the trail reviews at least give the last-known date.
     
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