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    #8 The Arizona Trail on the Kaibab

    Ever since Chad posted his Top 10 Most Underestimated AZ Rides , I've been intrigued by #8. I've always loved the North Rim and thought I would take Chad's advice and check it out. I've done Rainbow Rim and thought that would be Plan B if this did not work out. Well, I was NOT disappointed! Thanks Chad!

    Here are a few pics from the trip last week:































    We had an amazing time! We camped about .5 mile from the East Rim Viewpoint (and only maybe 100 yards from the trail! It was spectacular and fun for the whole family. I can't wait to knock off a few more from the list. Thanks again Chad!
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    Amazing!
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    Lucky you. Very nice!
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    Great photos, inspiring for sure! I like the family pics!....Cool Country"!

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    Really great...thanks for posting!
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    Great shots Noel, I want to get up there more than ever!! Little guy is getting some nice air time!
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    great photos, great to see you all having so much fun.

    Could you share any more of the logistics about where and how to get there? Might have to copy your trip next summer.

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    Awe. Some.

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    Thanks for the smiles...

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    Very cool!

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    Gorgeous. Great camping along the east rim. North Canyon is a great hike as well.

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    Thanks everyone. It's A LOT easier to get to than the Rainbow Rim. It's only 4 miles or so from the main road on a car friendly FR. I have a lot more pictures on Facebook. I also hope to revive my blog and post more info there.

    I have to say that this is definitely in my Top 10 rides in AZ. I love the remote feel (even though you're not too far from civilization). The wildlife was incredible and the weather was awesome. The added bonus of being able to ride some of the trail with the family and the view from the campsite put it over the top.
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    I am going to be in that area Friday or Saturday, any suggestions on some epic single track to ride 15 to 25 miles would be great. If anyone else is going to be in the area always good to ride with someone. Also what is available as far as primitive camping? I am going to coming back from St George Utah and want to stop and do a ride.

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    I've camped and ridden both Rainbow Rim and the AZ Trail and if it's single track you're looking for, I vote for the AZ Trail. The Rainbow Rim is definitely more about the view of the Grand Canyon but I prefer the AZ Trail for actual riding.

    The AZ Trail is much more accessible and both have primitive camping spots close by. To get to them you just turn off Highway 67 heading east at FR611. It's less than a mile past the Demotte Campground off 67 - before you go in the park. Then it's only a 4 mile drive along a very good dirt road to the East Viepoint Trailhead. You cannot camp within .5 mile on either side of the trailhead but if you continue along FR611 just past the trail crossing, there are numerous NICE primitive camping spots.

    I'd recommend riding SOUTH on the AZ Trail from these spots as the section just south of the East Rim Viewpoint is SPECTACULAR but it is really all good. If you've got the time and inclination you can also head north from there as well. There are PLENTY of miles to meet your needs.

    I wanna go!



    Here's an old thread with useful info as well.

    Rainbow Rim Question
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    Thanks for the info. Come on up.

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    Love, love love the shots! So cute!

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