Hance-Grandview Loop Thanksgiving Weekend 2006

Hance-Grandview Loop Thanksgiving Weekend 2006

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Hance-Grandview Loop

This is the Trip Report Album of the New Hance-Grandview Loop in the Grand Canyon November 23-November 26.

The New Hance Trail is highly scenic, but is considered one of the three most difficult trails in the Grand Canyon and the New Hance-Grandview Loop is considered to be the most difficult loop along the Tonto Trail.

Kessler, my four year old son and I decided that the New Hance-Grandview Loop would make a nice Thanksgiving outing. Since Kessler is an experienced hiker and very confident in rock scrambling and since the trail is easy to get a permit for since it isn’t crowded, it seemed like a good choice. Kessler was ready and experienced enough for something more challenging than the standard routes on most of the Colorado 14ers and was very excited for the trip. He has been hiking up to 13 or more miles a day on occasion, but we knew we couldn’t make those distances on these routes. Although we carried ropes and a child harness, we found that these were not needed.

It was a great trip and a spectacular route! See the trip report below:



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lisae - Nov 27, 2006 9:45 pm - Voted 10/10

Pretty Amazing Shots!

Kessler's back pack is almost as big as he is.

Do you get nervous watching him on exposed terrain? I remember having to turn my back when my son was little, because it made me so uncomfortable watching him scramble around and climb trees.


Scott - Nov 27, 2006 9:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Pretty Amazing Shots!

Do you get nervous watching him on exposed terrain?

There were some exposed sections, but I don't have any photos of them because I was holding Kessler's hand during them! Yes, it is always a concern and I am very animate about his safety and much care is taken. We took a rope and harness on the route, but it wasn't needed. I teach him all I can on how to be safe and he is learning much. It's when he is older that we will really have to worry!


lisae - Nov 27, 2006 10:13 pm - Voted 10/10


probably correct, that you will have to worry when he is older.

Kessler is lucky to have you as a teacher/parent.


Scott - Nov 28, 2006 1:45 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome Scott!

Indeed! He's ready to go again!

Dan Leonhard

Dan Leonhard - Nov 28, 2006 9:12 pm - Voted 10/10


Sounds like it was a very cool father/son outing. Beautiful place too!


ColoradoScott - Nov 29, 2006 12:30 am - Hasn't voted

New Hance to Grandview

Great trip report, Scott. My wife and I did that loop over 4 days and 5 nights last March. We had a foot of snow to contend with on the upper 1,000' of both trails and descended New Hance's redwall in a rain/snowstorm. We spent two nights at Hance Rapids and then moved to Hance Creek. Hance Creek is dark and has east and western redwalls that really block the sun; but it was the biting flies and cedar gnats there that really motivated us to carry water and make a dry camp way out on the Tonto Platform North of Grandview Mesa. We then ascended from the Tonto up the North Grandview trail (not very hard, just steep) and across the mesa (I wanted to summit Grandview's highpoint, but that will have to wait) and we continued up to the rim. A great trip, and I can't wait to do more there. Congrat's to you and Kessler and thanks for bringing back great memories.

aemter - Nov 29, 2006 10:15 pm - Voted 10/10

Thank you!

Thanks for the trip report, Scott! My daughter is 20 months old and I'm just aching for the time when we can go on trips and she can carry a bit of weight (as I see your son is doing). I really enjoyed the pictures and enjoy hearing of other dads who are on the trail with their children.

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