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North Rim Grand Canyon 2018

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Post by DaveK » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:30 am

PARASHANT - NORTH RIM GRAND CANYON - ARIZONA STRIP

We will be visiting a portion of north west Arizona that goes by several names. For some reason, we seem to have settled on "the Parashant" as the correct one. We ill be visiting several sites on the rim as well as some of the other incredibly scenic and fascinating ones along the way. As we travel, we will be sending pictures and descriptions back to be posted here. A full trip report will follow when we return.
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Post by cruiserlarry » Sat May 05, 2018 8:34 am

Here is the first pic back from Dave's expedition to the North Rim Grand Canyon "Parashant Trail":

"Our camp on the first night included a view of the Grand Wash Cliffs. Sunset was incredible over these mountains!!!"
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Post by cruiserlarry » Sat May 05, 2018 5:39 pm

This is a picture of the The Hualapai Tribe Skywalk taken from our campsite across the Grand Canyon. There is a airstrip near there and we have seen planes bringing visitors.
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Here's a link to the Skywalk:GRAND CANYON SKYWALK
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Post by cruiserlarry » Mon May 07, 2018 11:45 pm

This is a pic of the Grand Canyon from the dinner table at camp. If you look close, you can see the Colorado River ;)
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Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Wed May 16, 2018 8:11 am

What an AMAZING TRIP!!

Dave thank you for planning and researching such an amazing trip to such a remote and isolated area. We had a great group of folks on our trip and it was great to get to know them and now be able tp call them friends.

Wikipedia's description of Grand Canyon Parashant we traveled:
"The Grand Canyon Parashant national monument is a very remote and undeveloped place jointly managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There are no paved roads into the monument and no visitor services. The 1,048,325-acre (424,242 ha) monument is larger than the state of Rhode Island. The BLM portion of the monument consists of 808,747 acres (327,288 ha).[1] The NPS portion contains 208,453 acres (84,358 ha) of lands that were previously part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are also about 23,205 acres (9,391 ha) of Arizona State Land Department lands and 7,920 acres (3,210 ha) of private lands within the monument boundaries. Grand Canyon-Parashant is not considered a separate unit of the NPS because its NPS area is counted in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Elevation ranges from 1,230 feet (370 m) above sea level near Grand Wash Bay at Lake Mead, to 8,029 feet (2,447 m) at Mount Trumbull. The Interagency Information Center is located in the BLM Office in St. George, Utah."

Four primary unpaved roads enter the core of the strip: from Mesquite, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Colorado City, Arizona; and Fredonia, Arizona. All four are dirt/gravel and should not be driven by vehicles with low ground clearance. Motorists should check with the BLM locally before heading into the strip on these roads, and are advised to be prepared – even rangers may not know current conditions, such as snow/ice cover and washouts.


Our trip included 2 travel days, to and from the National Monument, and 8 days and 400+ miles off-road.
  • Our first night was spent enjoying the views and ever color changing Grand Wash Cliffs.
  • 2nd and 3rd nights were spent viewing the Grand Canyon from Twin Point.
  • From Twin Point we traveled to Kelly Point. Our route to Kelly Point passed the Waring Ranch. The next 2 days (4th and 5th) were spent with spectacular views of the Grand Canyon from Kelly Point.
  • The 6th night we spent at Whitmore Overlook where we watch rafters being shuttled by helicopter to and from the Colorado River.
  • The 7th night was a treat. We spent the night at the Bar 10 Ranch. We were treated to a ranch style dinner and breakfast. There were hot showers and we got to sleep in covered wagons.
  • Mount Login was the campsite for our 8th day.
  • On our 9th day we visited the "Witches Water Pocket" and Toroweap.
  • After Toroweap we headed home with lasting memories of our "Great Trip".
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Views along the route.
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First nights camp site.
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Dinner at Grand Wash Cliffs.
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On our way to Twin Point.
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Twin Point
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Dinner Twin Point Rim
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Sunset Twin Point
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Morning Light Twin Point
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On our way to Kelly Point we passed by the Waring Ranch. Here is an excerpt from this document http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/habsha ... 00data.pdf describing the Waring Ranch.

Waring Ranch comprises seven sites scattered across the southern end of the Shivwits Plateau north of the Grand Canyon in the Arizona Strip. The ranch headquarters, Horse Valley, is 65 miles south of St. George, Utah, in township 31 north, range 11 west, section 6 (Gila and Salt River Meridian). Its geographic coordinates are latitude 36.118075, longitude −113.50183 (North American Datum of 1983). These coordinates represent the southwest corner of the Horse Valley ranch house.

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Kelly Point
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On the trail to Whitmore Canyon Overlook
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Whitmore Overlook
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Next stop Bar 10 Ranch. Hot showers and ranch style food.
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Mount Trumbull School House
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Mt. Logan
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Post by DaveK » Fri May 18, 2018 12:55 pm

PARASHANT 10 DAY TRIP REPORT

WHAT A SPECTACULAR TRIP!!!!!!!!!!

Well, we all made it back safe and sound. While we all returned home "physically" safe, we did have one member who experienced some significant difficulties and he will post below concerning his "excellent adventure." Clean up continues and probably will for a while.

TRIP DETAILS:

1,200+ -total miles traveled
400+ - total miles off-road
10 - good weather days

The trip was organized well in advance, and it paid off. Having done this trip in the past, is was evident that some destinations deserved more than a single day. So, we decided that we would camp at Kelly Point and Twin Point for two days each. A good argument can be made that we could have stayed at each camp for two days (or more), but there was so much to see and a somewhat limited 'number of days to explore. The pictures below give a pretty good idea of what we experienced, but as with all trips, it has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

SEVERAL THANK-YOUS ARE IN ORDER HERE:

1. First and most important, thanks to all the members of the group. It was a complete pleasure to travel with good friends, great chefs, and very competent off-road drivers. Preparing for this trip required a lot of work, expense, and time, and everyone did a terrific job. When the details and prep work come together (as they did here) it is so much easier and pleasurable to enjoy the great land through which we traveled.

2. Many thanks to Parashant rangers, Royce Orme and Marty Simms, with whose help we were able to get up to date trail information as well as other trip recommendations. One of the trails we had used in the past had suffered severe storm damage and was impassible. With the new information, we made a slight detour.

3. Many thanks to Larry who posted out trip pictures, as above, which we transmitted to him during the trip by means of my HF Airmail.

NO TRIP REPORT WOULD BE COMPLETE WITH A LISTING OF EXCEPTIONAL GEAR PERFORMANCE;

1. There is no getting around one fact - the Parashant is dusty. Everything in the vehicles, on our clothes, in the tents, etc. got a generous helping of dust. In anticipation of this, we brought sufficient water to enable our hot water showers. My Zodi was a very welcome relief at the end of the day.

2. On our last visit to this area, we found that there was almost no cell phone coverage, and, what little existed, was very spotty and quite weak. On this trip, to our immense surprise, on both points and on Mt Logan, we not only had decent coverage, but had 4G, 4-5 bar strength!!! That is, only Verizon users had coverage, but we had more than enough for everyone to enjoy with a mobile wi-fi set-up. Being more than 120 miles from the nearest "real" city, and in such a remote and wild location, this was quite unexpected and very interesting.

3. For all the rest of the locations, I had terrific HF propagation for both voice and Airmail. For the entire trip, from the highest peaks to the lowest canyons, Airmail ALWAYS worked. The most unexpected discovery with Airmail was the availability of a Pasco Washington station, over, 750 miles from our locations. To my great surprise and delight, this station served me from every location we visited, and at the highest speeds I have yet seen with my Pactor P3 controller. I can't wait for the Pactor 4 controllers to get approval from the FCC!!!!!.

4. With one exception, which I will note below, there were no facilities of any kind, for the entire trip. This meant that we had to rely on the gear we brought in order to survive. For a trip of this length, we needed the benefits of 12V refrigerators to keep food well preserved. For my fridge unit, computer, and Ham radios, my alternate power arrangements were a huge benefit. I relied on solar during the day, but at night, it was another matter. On one occasion, when we reached camp at 6:30 in the evening, the mercury had reached 100. Between my Ham radio and the refrigerator (which would be cycling on and off all night long), I knew that I needed some help, especially after the sun set. The solution - my wind turbine. It was almost like it we planned it - when the sun went down, the wind came up and lasted for the entire night. When the sun came up the next morning, the wind died out. For the entire night, the battery level was in the safe zone and completely charged, thanks to the wind turbine.


We visited the following locations:

1. PAKOON BASIN WITH VIEW OF THE GRAND WASH CLIFFS

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2. TWIN POINT

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3. KELLY POINT

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4. GRAND CANYON OVERLOOK AT THE END OF WHITMORE CANYON

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5. BAR 10 RANCH

The Bar 10 Ranch is an oasis in the otherwise remote wilderness of the Parashant. It serves as a drop-off point for people who only want to do a shorter river run through the Grand Canyon. Guests arrive at the ranch by air and leave the same way, to be dropped off at water level to board the rafts. We spent one day at the Ranch in their covered wagons. Accommodations included fantastic meals, hot water showers, comfortable lounging areas, and a bit of entertainment after dinner. We had arranged to, and did, in fact, stock up on water as we left. But, the big surprise was that they also were able to sell us gasoline. That little benefit saved a trip to St George for one of our members. All things considered, this was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some genuine ranch hospitality, cooking and accommodations. If you are anxious to introduce family or friends to a wilderness experience, this is an excellent way to ease them into the camping scene,

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6. MT. LOGAN

Camp at the top of Mt Logan was at 7500 feet. The weather was a huge change from the GC Overlook (cooler that is!) and the views from the top were sensational.

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7. WITCHE'S WATER POCKET

The Witche's Water Pocket was made famous by John Wessley Powell in the 1870s when he was exploring the Colorado River and the plateaus surrounding it. In Powell's Journal, he describes it as a consistent water source, but when we visited, it was a bit dry and nothing more than a damp spot in the dirt. It did contain water during our last visit, however. (For a little more history, see: http://www.grandcanyonhistory.org/Publi ... 2006_3.pdf) The Cross, which is seen in the first photo below, was placed there over 100 years ago and is proof that this was the pocket to which Powell referred.

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7. TOROWEAP

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