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The parking spot by the new trail in to LDE from the east.
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Jan 7, 2013
The parking spot by the new trail in to LDE from the east.  
Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Marcy   Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Hi Tim. While I've only done the drive in my truck, I think it is fairly passenger car friendly (I've not even come close to using 4WD). It is just a long, but very pretty, drive. There is a trail gently uphill then down into LDE that drops you a little north of the Coop. It hasn't seen much traffic yet, so it is not well worn.

Also, I haven't been on the road or the trail since the recent rain and snow.

Timing-wise it may be a wash. The road is much better, though longer, and the hike is shorter with less elevation loss/gain, but the trail is still new.

I like going in from the East, but I also really love the hike down into the canyon back and forth with a heavy pack on...especially when the water is flowing.

We've talked of doing a timed comparison with Arjun of the two approaches...maybe we'll get that done soon... Jan 7, 2013
Tim Heid   AZ
That's awesome! A few questions-

-Is the road in good enough shape to get back there with a 2wd car?

-Does coming in from this side save time over the original way?

-Are you rapping in from above the canyon rim or just following a trail in?

Thanks and can't wait to get back out to LDE! Can't believe it has almost been a year since I've been out there... Jan 7, 2013

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