Today we loaded up and headed North out of Flagstaff in an effort to escape the snow and to make a camp that will set us up for the Grand Canyon North Rim tomorrow. We had tried to see the North Rim last year before we made the trek down to Overland Expo WEST, but the road to the North Rim doesn’t open until May 15. It is 45 miles one way, so biking in was unlikely. We decided to wait and see the North Rim another time. Since we were here and had a few days to kill before driving to South Dakota, we aimed for a Forest Service camping area near Jacob Lake, AZ. We said goodbye to friends at our camp in Flag and hit the road.
We crossed through the Navajo Reservation and stopped for lunch at the Navajo bridge. This is a really cool stop just to see the Colorado River and to take a break from driving. It was almost a year ago that we crossed this same bridge on our way down into Flagstaff for the first time after our first month on the road in Utah.
We climbed up from the river into the Kaibab National Forest to nearly 9000’ of elevation. The snow started blowing again around 7500’ and we turned off onto our proposed camping road approximately 20 miles from the Grand Canyon. The road climbed quickly back up to 9000’+ of elevation and we briefly considered camping at the top. There was around a foot of snow at the top and we opted to turn around and carefully drive back down to a Forest Service pay site for the peace of mind of being able to reach the spot and not get snowed in.