Purple haze beyond Mt. Hayden
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Beautiful Mount Hayden is tucked away in the northeast corner of
AZ's Grand Canyon NP, and can be photographed from 8,803' Point Imperial,
near the Kolb Arch Trail.
The 44-mile drive from Jacob Lake (campground/lodge) to the North Rim of
the Grand Canyon has been described as "the most pleasant 44 miles in
America." A vast, dense forest of pine, fir and Quaking aspen covers
the remarkable Kaibab Plateau, located immediately north of the "Sublime
A photographer's delight, Mount Hayden is a thick spire of Coconino
sandstone; the remnant of a vast desert that covered this region some
260 million years ago. It's summit is often struck by lighting bolts!!
In the year 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating Grand
Canyon National Park as a "protected" recreation area. Today, more than
six million people visit the Grand Canyon each year.
Photo credited to Dick Dietrich of Camelback/Canyonlands Venture (1991)
Directly behind Mount Hayden is Hancock Butte.The prominent canyon seen behind Hancock Butte (with the red walls), is Roaring Springs Canyon, where hikers begin their trek on the Rim-2-Rim hike! Always carry the ten essentials and wear good hiking boots when you enter the canyon; and by all means have FUN!