Wow! Jumpup point is one of many points and places of exploration along the grand canyon's north rim in the Kaibab Natl Forest. You don't even need a permit or fee. You are in the natl forest until you "STEP off the rim" as one ranger so eloquently put it....[:0]
Anyway, got up pretty early and after my Starbucks Venti Carmel Mocchiato I hit the road for the Jacob Lake, located on the T road of hwy 67 (north rim rd) and Arizona 89-A (what, did they run out of numbers for roads? 89 and 89-A? )
This took just under two hours. I definitely didn't speed this time through the Reservation. I got a $ 375 dollar ticket before. [V]
Once at Jacob lake, I took a myriad of roads that would put anyone to sleep if I listed them all on my way to JUMPUP CANYON located about 40 miles southwest of Jacob Lake junction. All dirt roads. Some nice.... others were challenging. Never saw another person the whole way! Seemed to have the whole Kaibab (means plateau or mesa)
all to myself! cool!
Once there, I spent three hours hiking along the knife edge of this divide.
To the left, these pictures are of Jumpup canyon as it's drainage joins the labyrinth of twisted, canyons, that eventually flow into the Colorado river at the Grand canyon off in the distance.
Ahhh... no one but me.... Hey! I got a chair for ya! come on my porch and set awhile?
Off to the right is Kabab Creek Wilderness area drainage. so desolate and stark! the binoculars made it nice, too. I could see into everything!
Lots of lizards.
Oh, yes, on Jumpup divide, there is a trail leading to the canyons you see below. I think it would be an immense challenge with all the dropoffs, pouroffs, desert heat, whew! I will be going to do a full day hike to an island in the middle of the canyons called powell
from soggy flat to Powell and back up to the north rim full day hike. I will let you know how it goes with a full trip report and directions. That would offer many of you a chance to hike to a little plateau in the middle of it all where you are like on an island in the sky and can view the canyon 360 degrees style. I would love to do a hike with anyone of you who is in the area. Provided its a day hike;
an agreement with my family for them letting me romp around. This Powell hike is very intimate with the canyon and hardly or NO tourists... let me know once I post the trip report or maybe add it to your hike list for when you come out next time to the Grand Canyon and do it yourself
May your trails be crooked, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views ! Edward Abbey