Grand Canyon National Park Climber's Log

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ColoradoScott

ColoradoScott - Mar 30, 2005 3:48 pm

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.

syzygy - Nov 22, 2004 9:48 pm

Route Climbed: Bright Angel Trail Date Climbed: June 9,1999  Sucess!

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.

Zzyzx - Nov 7, 2004 12:16 am

Route Climbed: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Date Climbed: October 22, 2004  Sucess!

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.

ChuckO

ChuckO - Nov 5, 2004 2:58 pm

Route Climbed: Several different South Side routes. Date Climbed: Many Times  Sucess!

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! ;-)

Al

Al - Nov 4, 2004 3:26 pm

Route Climbed: Down South Kaibab, up Bright Angel Date Climbed: 10/23/04  Sucess!

Below freezing at the top, above 80F at the bottom

miztflip

miztflip - Oct 10, 2004 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: South Kaibab RT Date Climbed: October 9, 2004  Sucess!

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.

Ken Dammen

Ken Dammen - Sep 3, 2004 6:19 pm

Route Climbed: Havasupai Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

Pretty Hot. Backpacked from helipad to Havasupai Campground. Hiked/Swam down to Beaver Falls the next day. Beautiful place.

Matt K

Matt K - Aug 29, 2004 8:04 pm

Route Climbed: Not sure Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!

Hiked from the north rim to a waterfall near the bottom and back to the north rim in one push.

Matt K

Matt K - Aug 29, 2004 8:00 pm

Route Climbed: Bright Angel and South Kaibab Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!

Went from the south rim to the river and back to the south rim in one push.

Mblue01

Mblue01 - Aug 10, 2004 4:02 pm

Route Climbed: Bright Angel Trail Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!

Hiked Bright Angel Trail up to Plateau Point and back in summertime. Very hot but still worth it !!

flechenbones

flechenbones - Jul 22, 2004 6:08 pm

Route Climbed: mostly S. Kaibab & Bright Angel Date Climbed: many  Sucess!

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.

Bodhi

Bodhi - Jun 28, 2004 10:39 am

Route Climbed: North & South Rim Date Climbed: May 1993 & Aug 2004  Sucess!

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.

fedak

fedak - May 4, 2004 2:33 am

Route Climbed: Bright Angel/South Kaibab/Dripping Springs Date Climbed: April-01-2004  Sucess!

Spent two days in the Canyon. The temps were near perfect for hiking- 30s on the rim, mid 80s on the floor. It was unseasonably cloudy/rainy for early april, tho.



Day 1: Bright Angel -> Phantom Ranch -> South Kaibab. Pics here

Day 2: Dripping Springs from Hermits Rest. Pics here

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Mar 23, 2004 6:26 am

Date Climbed: Feb 1995  Sucess!

A summit log without a summit(?) Strange...

But anyway, I had a fantastic experience and enjoyed the beauty and dramtic landscape of Grand Canyon.

notinkansas

notinkansas - Mar 9, 2004 10:06 pm

Route Climbed: South Kaibab Date Climbed: Feb. 2003  Sucess!

After an early morning snow, crawled out of the tent, packed up and hiked down Bright Angel to the camp across the silver bridge to spend the night. Then up the South Kaibab the next day. A great experience! Next time though, I'll try a route not used by the mules.

Jerry L

Jerry L - Feb 15, 2004 8:22 am

Route Climbed: Plenty Date Climbed: 1977  Sucess!

Can't remember trails but spent time hiking thru the canyons.

mountaindog

mountaindog - Feb 8, 2004 10:47 pm

Route Climbed: Numerous trails and a few crags within Date Climbed: Numerous times 1994-2000  Sucess!

I love the canyon.

madclimber

madclimber - Jan 19, 2004 7:43 pm

Route Climbed: Havasupai Date Climbed: July 3-5, 2001  Sucess!

It was well over 100F in the canyon, a fan was needed, but we just went in the water most of the time! The waterfalls are the most beautiful I've ever seen (better than Hawaii).

Day Hiker

Day Hiker - Jan 6, 2004 3:15 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

One of My Favorite Places. Check the list below:  Sucess!

1993 August 08: Down Bright Angel 2 miles and return same.
1994 July 14: Down Bright Angel to Phantom Ranch and return same. (River dayhike #1)
1995 June 21: Down Bright Angel to Phantom Ranch and return same. (River dayhike #2)
1996 July 17: Down North Kaibab to Silver Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #3)
1997 July 17: Down North Kaibab to Ribbon Falls and return same.
1997 December 24: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach and return same. (River dayhike #4)
1998 May 06: Down South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and return same. (River dayhike #5)
1998 May 07: Down South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #6)
1998 August 14: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #7; R-R hike #1)
1998 August 15: From lodge, Down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #8; R-R hike #2)
1999 January 05: Down Bright Angel to Phantom Ranch and return same. (River dayhike #9)
1999 May 22: Down Bright Angel to Phantom Ranch and return same. (River dayhike #10)
1999 May 23: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach and return same. (River dayhike #11)
1999 May 30: Down North Kaibab to Silver Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #12)
1999 August 24: Down Nankoweep about 5 miles and return same.
1999 August 25: Down North Kaibab to Roaring Springs and return same. I had more ambitious plans, but the North Kaibab Trail was closed past Roaring Springs due to storm damage.
1999 December 29: Down South Kaibab to Bright Angel Creek and return same. (River dayhike #13)
2000 July 02: Down North Kaibab to Silver Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #14)
2000 September 16: Down North Kaibab to Silver Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #15)
2000 November 25: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach and return same. (River dayhike #16)
2000 December 02: Down South Kaibab to Bright Angel Creek and return same. (River dayhike #17)
2001 February 11: Down Bright Angel to Plateau Point and return same.
2002 March 16: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach and return same. (River dayhike #18)
2002 May 25: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #19; R-R hike #3)
2002 May 26: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #20; R-R hike #4)
2002 December 31: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach, return same, and drive home to Vegas to watch fireworks on The Strip. (River dayhike #21)
2003 May 24: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #22; R-R hike #5)
2003 May 26: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #23; R-R hike #6)
2003 August 30: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #24; R-R hike #7)
2003 September 01: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #25; R-R hike #8)
2004 January 04: Down South Kaibab to Bright Angel Creek and return same. (River dayhike #26)
2004 May 29: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #27; R-R hike #9)
2004 May 31: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #28; R-R hike #10)
2004 September 04: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #29; R-R hike #11)
2004 September 06: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #30; R-R hike #12)
2005 May 15: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach and return same. (River dayhike #31)
2005 May 28: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #32; R-R hike #13)
2005 May 30: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #33; R-R hike #14)
2005 June 12: Widforss Point Trail to Widforss Point. Finally saw a California Condor.
2005 July 02: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #34; R-R hike #15)
2005 July 04: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #35; R-R hike #16)
2005 July 30-31: Hualapai Hilltop to Mooney Falls and return same.
2005 December 27: Down South Kaibab, across Black Bridge and Silver Bridge, and up South Kaibab. (River dayhike #36)
2006 May 27: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #37; R-R hike #17)
2006 May 29: From lodge, down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #38; R-R hike #18)
2006 August 06: Down North Kaibab to Eye of the Needle and return same.
2006 November 04: Down South Kaibab to Bright Angel Camp, up to Cheops Pyramid, and return same. (River dayhike #39)
2007 June 16: Down Bright Angel and up North Kaibab. (River dayhike #40; R-R hike #19)
2007 July 14: Down North Kaibab to Colorado River and return same. (River dayhike #41)
2008 November 30: Bright Angel trail, just down to the first switchback with DayHikerJr
2009 May 24: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #42; R-R hike #20)
2009 August 01: Down North Kaibab and up Bright Angel. (River dayhike #43; R-R hike #21)
2009 August 02: Down Bright Angel and up North Kaibab. (River dayhike #44; R-R hike #22)
2009 October 17: Bright Angel past Indian Garden, then to Plateau Point, then below Indian Garden again past Tonto East junction, then up Bright Angel.
2009 December 23: Down Bright Angel to Pipe Creek Beach and return same. Beautiful fresh snow the first morning after a winter storm. (River dayhike #45)
2010 March 19: Down South Kaibab to Black Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #46)
2011 April 29: Down Bright Angel to Tonto to South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch; up Bright Angel (up in 2:51). (River dayhike #47)
2011 May 28: Down Bright Angel, up North Kaibab, and along road to lodge. (River dayhike #48; R-R hike #23)
2011 July 10: Down North Kaibab to Silver Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #49)
2011 August 27: Down North Kaibab to Silver Bridge and return same. (River dayhike #50)

charles97

charles97 - Dec 10, 2003 11:47 am

Route Climbed: Rim to Rim to Rim Date Climbed: May 23, 2003  Sucess!

Well, this double crossing (or R3 as some canyon aficionados call it) has been on my list for a long time. I finally got the chance to do it. Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer (for everywhere else except Arizona). I found it to be plenty hot already. I did this hike over 2 days (had to stay at the North Rim since that was my first visit), and both days it was well over 100 degrees. Ouch!



A friend was organizing a north rim to south rim hike on the 24th, so I told him that I would hike over to meet them on the north rim and hike back with them. The trip to the north rim was quite a bit harder than going up the south rim. The stretch between Cottonwood camp and the top was an unrelenting 7 miles of steep grades! I was glad that I enjoyed the scenery too much to worry about my aching calves. Made the crossing in about 10.5 hours, just in time to meet up with the gang that drove to the north rim.



I had gotten some nasty blisters on the way over to the north, so I had seriously considered bypassing the hike back. But by morning, I felt better so I decided to go for it. It was quite the experience to hike into the canyon when you are already sore and achy, especially knowing how long you have to go and seeing everyone around you all fresh and happy. But again, the sheer pleasure of being part of that incredible landscape seemed to cure my ills. We made excellent time down, and took some time to loiter around Ribbon Falls. Absolutely amazing! I love that you can get right behind it and look out through the waterfall. (see picture).



After much pain through The Box area and hobbling Bright Angel with blistered feet, I finally made it out (among the leaders of the pack no less) in about 12 hours (including time spent at Ribbon Falls). Awesome experience, and some time I hope to do the double crossing in one day.

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