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Begins: Aug 23, 2017
Date: Thu, Aug 24th, 2017
Start: near Navajo Trail
End: gate past Telephone Hill TH
Daily Distance: 31.2
Trip Distance: 47.0
Entry Visits: 211
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I was pretty thirsty in the morning, and the next guaranteed water was 11.2 miles away. The only other possibility was Government Reservoir, which I expected to be dry or gross. It was actually good clear water, so I got a quart for the walk to Highway 89.
I was hoping there would be water cached at the trailhead, but alas, there was none. Jacobs Lake Inn was 2.4 miles down 89, so I started hitching. It took a while, but a Czech family finally stopped and offered water. I needed more than they had, so they drove me to the Inn. I wasn't really hungry yet, so I had a giant shake and a 32 oz pop, filled my water, and tried to hitch back. No one was stopping and traffic was scarce, so I just walked back up. I hate hitching.
Back on the trail with 4 quarts, I continued to climb slowly up the Kaibab Plateau, gaining another 2000 ft over the day. The tread was a mix of trail and old roads through an old burn that had been logged. I ended up carrying too much water all day, filling up when I found good sources. Buffalo Trick Tank looked gross initially, but you can open a giant metal tank and scoop clean water. Later, Murray Lake trailhead had about 10 gallons cached in a bear box. Oh well, better too much water than running out like yesterday.
I walked until dusk and set up in the open. Not a great spot; lots of dew on everything and right above a cattle guard on Hwy 67.
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