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North Rim, North Kaibab National Forest, AZ (May 24th - May 30th 2015)

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The Kaibab National Forest is part of the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the United States. Bordering both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, the 1.6 million acres of the Kaibab has the distinction of being divided by one of Nature's greatest attractions. The Kaibab Plateau is an island of forested land surrounded by a sea of sage and grasslands. Kaibab is a Paiute Indian word that translates to mountain lying down. Most of the plateau was set aside in 1893 as part of the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve. In 1908, the Forest Reserve north of the Grand Canyon was renamed the Kaibab National Forest. The North Kaibab is atop a monocline and rises to 8800 feet with excellent views of the Grand Canyon.

We'll work brushing trails that lead to the North Canyon which descends steeply into the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. We'll camp in a remote spike camp, and the forest service will provide a water and all the necessary tools. Bring your mountain bike! On our free day, we can bike a part of the Arizona Trail or visit any of a number of great overlooks into the Grand Canyon.

We'll be camped at approximately 8000 feet and will hike several miles into the canyon each day to the work sites. We might see bison, California condors, hawks and bobcats.

Dates

May 24th - May 30th 2015

Service Project

Brushing trails that lead to North Canyon, #4 and #7

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Free Days

Hike into the Grand Canyon, climb Saddle Mountain, mountain bike the Arizona Trail or to great canyo

Accommodations

tent camping at spike forest camp

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, digging, lifting, altitude, carrying tools

Leaders

Don Meaders
Ed Belove

Equipment List

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