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“The Wave”

March 10, 2009

We were at the Wire Pass Trailhead (same place as yesterday) for our hike through the North Coyote Buttes to “The Wave” at 8am.  It was 30o with a little snow on the ground when we started.  The trail followed Coyote Wash for the first half mile and then went up over a rise onto the slickrock of a sandstone ridge as you entered the restricted area.  As the sun rose, we followed the map and pictures provided by the BLM toward the distance crack in the ridge that indicated the location of “The Wave.”  The scenery was absolutely spectacular as we passed through and among the sandstone buttes.  I did GPS readings on the way out which made it easy to trace our track on the way back. 

 

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A Swiss couple had arrived at the Wave about 20 minutes before us but left after half an hour. So, we had the place to ourselves for another hour before the arrival of four Russian photographers.  It was amazing – colorful, swirling strata in many shades of pink, red, yellow, brown, black and white.  I took a bunch of pictures as the movement of the sun changed the lighting and shades of color on the rocks.  We also did the short hike to the “Wave 2” and then returned for more photos.  We stayed over two hours at the Wave and then returned to the SUV about noon, having covered about 6 miles.

 

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We ate the second half of our subs from the previous day and then drove south on the dirt road following Coyote Wash.  We turned west on to another dirt track and followed it for about an hour before intersecting 89A about 6 miles east of Fredonia AZ.  I checked on the dirt roads going to the Grand Canyon at the National Forestry office and then drove to Pipe Springs NM for a tour of the ranch house/fort.  After the guided tour we decided to drive to the Toroweap Overlook in the Grand Canyon.

 

The sixty one mile dirt road passed through a section of Grand Canyon Parashant NM near Mt Trumbull and it took us two hours to reach the Grand Canyon.  The last five miles were very bad and I couldn’t go much over 3 mph.  The Toroweap Overlook is 3,000 feet above the Lava Flow Rapids of the Colorado at one of the narrowest and deepest segments of the inner canyon.  After taking the typical tourist photos we returned to the main road. 

 

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We had a total of four hours driving on that dirt road and both the outside and inside of the SUV were covered with dirt and dust.  We did see a spectacular full moon rise over the desert as we drove back to Kanab. 

 

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