|Hiking||23.00 Miles|| || |
|10,280 ft AEG|| || || |
Met up with Sande and Mary headed for the Canyon. The plan was for Sande and Mary to hike with me down to Phantom Ranch and for me to proceed solo up to the North Rim. Since this was a spirit of the moment plan, there was no room available on the N Rim and husband w/our two Labs would pick me up on the N Rim.
We managed to get onto the S. Kaibab trail between 5:30-5:45 and as we hiked down were surprised how much traffic we encountered that early in the morning. When we got to Phantom Ranch there were lot's of folks either heading up south or north. I said my good bye's to Mary and Sande (who would later hike back out on the S. Kaibab) and I headed for Cottonwood. After a couple of miles I could not believe the amount of traffic coming and going in each direction. Having done the R-to-R each year, I have never seen anything like it. Tons of trail runners too, which after a while began to annoy me as their trail etiquette leaves a lot to be desired!
The Bright Angel Creek was high and roaring from all the snow melt up north. When I reached Cottonwood I had to do some emergency duct taping to my left foot as a good size blister had developed on my heel. (my problem is that my right foot is 1/2 larger than my left one-I'm a freak!) I must say, that duct tape works real well. In the past Moleskin and band aids have always ended up coming off as I walked. (I may do some preventive duct taping from now on before starting a long trek like this one.)
The weather forecast had high winds announced and they were not kidding. It was unreal going up the N. Kaibab trail with all that wind and it did not let up for the remainder of the hike.
Once at Roaring Springs I had the fortune seeing the huge waterfall with several smaller ones next to it gushing out of the canyon, just beautiful.
Again, the traffic was more like Grand Central station as you could not go around one bend without having someone come down.
Up at Supai tunnel - again - a ton of people. After grabbing a snack for that last segment I started climbing again and just as planned, hubby and my furry children greeted me at 3:45PM at the rim for a drive to Flag where we stayed in a doggie friendly hotel overnight before heading back to Phx the next day.