Grand Canyon National Park Climber's Log
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|rleclair||Route Climbed: R2R via North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails Date Climbed: September 30, 2005|
|What an incredible experience! This was a brother's trip across the Grand Canyon in 1 day. We started on the North Rim as recommended on many trail report pages and descended down 5000' over 14 miles to the Colorado River. The trail is relatively easy with the only thing to watch for is mule dung and the occasional rattlesnake. We ascended via the Bright Angel trail - a 4000' gain over 7 miles. In total, 23 miles in 12 hours.|
The NPS does a great job of warning people not to do a cross canyon trip let alone a trip from the Rim down to the river. You definitely have to be in shape for this one, but it's a rewarding experience. We met the wife of old timer named Maverick (79 years old) who has hiked 1000 mile this summer in the Canyon and has completed numerous Rim to Rim trips. I hope I can do that when I'm 79....
|Posted Oct 6, 2005 2:35 pm|
|wbass||Route Climbed: S. Kaibab, Bright Angel, Hermit, Grandview, Tonto, New Hance/Red Canyon, Escalante Rte, N. Kaibab|
|. . . and we'll keep adding routes. Camping at the beach at Red Canyon for two nights is a treat.|
|Posted Sep 11, 2005 11:33 pm|
|SkydiveKen||Route Climbed: South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch to Bright Angel Date Climbed: December 15-19 2003|
|Winter is the best time to be here.|
|Posted Jul 4, 2005 9:26 pm|
|Joerg Marretsch||Route Climbed: Bright Angel Trail (down) / South Kaibab Trail (up) Date Climbed: 08 June 2003|
|A long and hot hike. The first time I reach a summit lower than the starting point.|
|Posted May 23, 2005 1:13 pm|
|hyperbolictans||Route Climbed: South Kaibab-Bright Angel Date Climbed: 27th March 2005|
|A wonderful hike, A nice kaleidoscopic tour from the reddish sandstone colors of the upper cliffs to the green of the Tonto plateau and finally the 'lost world' views of the cliffs immediately above the Colorado river. 8hr 45min. trailhead to trailhead.|
|Posted Mar 30, 2005 5:37 pm|
|ColoradoScott||Route Climbed: Grandview Trail and Hermit & Boucher Trails Date Climbed: March 1999|
|We day hiked these two trails from the south rim trailheads while we were overnighting in a motel in Tusayan. On the Grandview we hiked down to Horseshoe Mesa and Pete Berry's cabin ruins. On the way up we came across a backpacking group that had a hiker suffering from dehydration (yes, even in March!). They had sent someone back to the rim for help and as we neared the rim we saw a helicopter land on the mesa to pluck off the poor guy. |
Two days later we hiked down the Hermit and Boucher Trails to a turnaround below Yuma Point, for a nice 10 mile RT hike. Where the Boucher trail circumnavigates the head of Hermit Creek gorge, the trail is exposed in places, so watch your step.
|Posted Mar 30, 2005 3:48 pm|
|syzygy||Route Climbed: Bright Angel Trail Date Climbed: June 9,1999|
|Great hike, great day. We did down and back in a day. We were well prepared with head lamps and such. Made a great day hike. Down past about a mile the tourists thinned out a lot. We managed to hike up faster than we hiked down.|
|Posted Nov 22, 2004 9:48 pm|
|JanG||Route Climbed: North Rim to South Rim Date Climbed: Oct. 1990|
|The first time that I visited Grand Canyon was in May 1979 during a camping trip with my wife. It was the Memorial Day weekend so the only way for us to secure an overnight reservation at the Phantom Ranch was by joining a roundtrip excursion which entailed riding mules from the South Rim all the way to the Colorado river. The spectacular natural scenery that we were able to see, as we descended into the canyon, was well worth the torture that our knees endured by riding those mules for hours! |
The unforgettable impressions that I got of the Grand Canyon while riding those mules was a powerful inducement to return to the inner canyon for many more times over the years but only if I was able to hike it! The ultimate experience was the rim to rim hike but I often wondered how does one get back to the starting point of the hike (to pick up the parked car) without retracing steps in the opposite direction ?
At the time when I hiked from the North Rim to the South Rim (including an overnight stay at Phantom Ranch) there was the "Canyon Interconnect " service. For a small nominal fee a driver took my car that I had parked near the gateway to the North Kaibab trail and drove it all the way back to the parking lot at the South Rim (more than 200 miles distance). I found my car parked by the gateway to the Bright Angel trail as I completed the 23 mile hike. In that way I was able to marvel at the different geological formations found on the hiking trails without worrying about complicated travel arrangements.
|Posted Nov 18, 2004 2:30 pm|
|Zzyzx||Route Climbed: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Date Climbed: October 22, 2004|
|Two of my friends and I decided to hike Grand Canyon from South Rim to North Rim and back in a day. We hiked the Kaibab Trail, 2.5 miles shorter than Bright Angel. The total distance was ca. 42 miles (plus another mile or so from where we parked and back). It took us 20 hrs. 15 min. Not a speed record but still a good accomplishment considering that each one of us had only about 1 -1.5 hr of sleep the night before in a car on the way from Vegas to Grand Canyon.. The goal for next year is 16 hrs. It's a very beautiful hike, especially at night with the moonlight.|
|Posted Nov 7, 2004 12:16 am|
|ChuckO||Route Climbed: Several different South Side routes. Date Climbed: Many Times|
|Aww, the Grand Canyon. Most excellent. Have hiked it more times than I remember - probably around 8 or 9 times. Highlights include:|
- first time being 9years old; carried my own sleeping gear!; snowed on us as we neared the top; I remember washing dishes directly in Bright Angel creek, and getting drinking water from the same (the old days).
- 5 day trek along the Plateau past Hermits Rest; eating fresh rattle snake (someone else chose to kill it), still have the skin as my hatband.
- spending my 18th birthday evening on the beach beside the river, with suprise champagne and banana cake; plus we saw the aroura borialis that night (a rare occurrance that far south - and we thought it was the champagne!).
- round trip trail run, including a 2hour/57minute split from the north side of the silver bridge to topping out on BrightAngel south.
- a 20mile trail run during a layover day at the bottom; ran BrightAngel North from river to above rushing springs and back (we're shooting for the NRim, but trail was closed).
- taking my 4yrs & 5yrs daughters a whole mile down and back up the Bright Angel South; and not loosing either one of the over the side!
Bet I'll be back! ;-)
|Posted Nov 5, 2004 2:58 pm|
|Al||Route Climbed: Down South Kaibab, up Bright Angel Date Climbed: 10/23/04|
|Below freezing at the top, above 80F at the bottom|
|Posted Nov 4, 2004 3:26 pm|
|miztflip||Route Climbed: South Kaibab RT Date Climbed: October 9, 2004|
|Round trip to the river and back in the same day. 92 degrees at the bottom and lots of sunshine. Only one mule encounter and not many other people below Skeleton Point. I may have been the only one hiking back up South Kaibab. 6hr. 5min. roundtrip.|
|Posted Oct 10, 2004 6:03 pm|
|Kevin Seal||Route Climbed: South Kaibab-Tonto-Bright Angel Date Climbed: September 23, 2004|
|Dayhiked South Kaibab to Tonto to Bright Angel. 13 miles total. Plenty of people on the corridor trails, along with plenty of mule poop, but the 4.5 miles on Tonto were some of the most blissful solitude ever, as I didn't see a single soul. Hot at Indian Gardens(98 in late Sept.), but the shade was a saving grace on the way back up. 13 miles, 7 hrs 15 min. Great Hike!!|
|Posted Sep 26, 2004 2:25 pm|
|WildmanDallas||Route Climbed: South Kaibab in, Bright Angel out Date Climbed: 1x March 1976|
|I've hiked this route many times as well as the North rim and Havasupai Falls. I hiked it barefooted when I was young (and stupid!). Phatom Ranch is the best; I've shared beers with many new friends there and I liked it best when they served only Coors. Too bad they put a pay phone at the bottom in '84 (though I admit to calling a buddy and saying "Guess where I am?").|
|Posted Sep 7, 2004 7:15 am|
|Ken Dammen||Route Climbed: Havasupai Date Climbed: June 2004|
|Pretty Hot. Backpacked from helipad to Havasupai Campground. Hiked/Swam down to Beaver Falls the next day. Beautiful place.|
|Posted Sep 3, 2004 6:19 pm|
|Matt K||Route Climbed: Not sure Date Climbed: July 1994|
|Hiked from the north rim to a waterfall near the bottom and back to the north rim in one push.|
|Posted Aug 29, 2004 8:04 pm|
|Matt K||Route Climbed: Bright Angel and South Kaibab Date Climbed: July 1995|
|Went from the south rim to the river and back to the south rim in one push.|
|Posted Aug 29, 2004 8:00 pm|
|Mblue01||Route Climbed: Bright Angel Trail Date Climbed: July 1994|
|Hiked Bright Angel Trail up to Plateau Point and back in summertime. Very hot but still worth it !!|
|Posted Aug 10, 2004 4:02 pm|
|flechenbones||Route Climbed: mostly S. Kaibab & Bright Angel Date Climbed: many|
|Finally decided to start going back to the canyon recently - the beauty outweighs the burden of being around tourists and most of them never leave the rim anyway. Hoping to do a rim to rim soon, and some of the lesser traveled trails.|
|Posted Jul 22, 2004 6:08 pm|
|Bodhi||Route Climbed: North & South Rim Date Climbed: May 1993 & Aug 2004|
|Did the GCNP North Rim to River in May 1993 w/ 5 friends. Stayed in the canyon at the Deer Creek Campground (tons of gnats!) for 3 days and visited the mighty Thunder River. Just did the canyon again (Aug 2004) on the South Rim. Went down to Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls.|
|Posted Jun 28, 2004 10:39 am|