2022 Fall Adventure Recap
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon
October 17-21, 2022
On this 5-day adventure, we had eleven 4×4 vehicles: 5 Jeep Gladiators, 1 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 1 Jeep Wrangler JL, 1 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited, 1 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, 1 Jeep Wrangler LJ (TJ Unlimited) and 1 Power Wagon. This was an *extremely* remote adventure, with nearly 400 miles between gas stations on the first and last day. We had to bring a trailer full of fuel to accommodate everyone.
Day 1 started by leaving Mesquite, Nevada and heading into the Grand Parashant National Monument. Early on we hit a rocky and steep trail called Lime Kiln Pass, then it was on to Whitney Pass. After that we meandered our way over to one of the most challenging trails in the Arizona Strip: Grand Gulch Canyon. From there we visited the old Grand Gulch Mine and we camped at the Grand Gulch Mine airstrip, where we had a fabulous Korean meal of Beef Bulgogi with a gigantic chocolate chip cookie and ice cream for dessert.
Day 2 started out with another fantastic breakfast from the 4Xploring crew, this time consisting of biscuits and gravy, before heading out further into the Arizona Strip. We stopped to visit an old abandoned ranch, before moving on to see our first views of the Grand Canyon. We set up camp for the night at the fabulous Twin Point overlook, where we had a phenomenal meal of lasagna, with cherry cobbler for dessert!
Day 3 started out with a breakfast of sausage pinwheels at Twin Point overlook before starting the long trek to Kelly Point. Along the way we stopped to hike out to Twin Creek Viewpoint and then stopped to visit the old Waring Ranch, before making our way on the trail out to Kelly Point, which was about 25 miles long, with much of it being VERY rough, bumpy and pinstripey. Dinner was Hungarian goulash with beer bread, with dessert being chocolate brownie and ice cream.