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Janapar Trail 13 - Zuar to Nor Verinshen

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16.7 mile 26.9 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,381' 1,030 m
Descent: -3,576' -1,090 m
High: 7,166' 2,184 m
Low: 4,388' 1,337 m

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Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Hike through mountain meadows between two river canyons. Enjoy scenic panoramas of surrounding mountain chains.

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This section is considered difficult because of the remoteness, distance, and elevation change. The trail is comprised mainly of jeep tracks with some singletrack. There are drinking water springs at Zuar Hotspring and along the trail near Nor Manashid and near the store in Nor Verinshen.

Description

This section of the Janapar Trail climbs out of the Tutkhun River Canyon, contours through panoramic mountains meadows, then descends to the Trtu River Canyon. Begin your hike at Zuar Hotspring, where you can enjoy a soak in the natural pools right on the bank of the river (free and open to public 24/7).

Head north on a dirt road following the river back toward Zuar Village. Cross a road bridge over the river and continue on the true right side along the main road about 3 kilometers. Look for a footbridge and blue and white blazes on your left and cross the river again. After the bridge, begin immediately climbing out of the canyon, passing through a small farm with abandoned buildings and bits of forest and pasture. Climb and contour around the mountain entering a shady old growth forest.

From the footbridge, you'll climb about 6 kilometers until you pop out of the forest below a rocky ridge. Look for a blazed switchback to the left and make a steep scramble up and over the ridge (this section is not well defined). Weave your way along the rocky ridge to access another jeep road on the other side of the mountain. The route now levels out a bit along this road as it contours vast mountainous pasture for about 7 kilometers.

You'll exit the jeep road on your left going off steeply about 500 meters through a hay field to the top of a hill. (This section through the field is not well defined.) At the top of the hill, you'll continue on another jeep road and begin to descend toward Nor Manashid Village. You can at this point stay on the main road, which has some long switchbacks, or you can take a number of shortcut paths down the ridge of the hill. The shortcuts may be overgrown and steep in sections but are blazed.

Continue through Nor Manashid on the main road and cross a road bridge. Continue another 4 kilometers to Nor Verinshen Village where there is a small store and road bridge crossing the Trtu River. Karvachar Village is to the left another 6 kilometers along Trtu Canyon Road. The North-South Highway is 11 kilometers to the right.

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Stopping to check out old shepherding shelters on the mountaintop.
Aug 30, 2019 near Kerbakhiar, AZ
Crossing shady forest trail above Zuar.
Aug 30, 2019 near Kerbakhiar, AZ
The trail contours a vast pastoral landscape surrounded by mountains.
Aug 30, 2019 near Kerbakhiar, AZ
Remnants of Soviet-era infrastructure being slowly reclaimed by nature.
Aug 30, 2019 near Kerbakhiar, AZ
A rainbow and derelict tower give some sense of scale in the vast, open landscape.
Aug 30, 2019 near Kerbakhiar, AZ
The trail follows old jeep tracks that make for enjoyable hiking.
Aug 30, 2019 near Kerbakhiar, AZ

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