|Backpack||32.00 Miles||4 Days || |
|7,000 ft AEG|| ||40 LBS Pack|| |
Thursday 11-17-11 - Drove to Grand Canyon. At Kolb Studio got in on a special tour of the Kolb Residence with Ranger Marna Bastian. First such tour since February. They might add more of these tours during the Winter season.
Friday 11-18-11 -Nice hike down Grandview. Some ice in shaded areas. The trail has been rerouted away from the mine and radioactive signs have been installed. A Protected Environment area for bats has been added. Winds kicking up. Ate at the mess hall and proceeded to look for Cave of Domes junction. Found it and went down to Cave of Domes. Trail a little sporty, especially in the wind. Explored the cave. Now I get it - figured out why it is named what it is named. Hiked out toward the end of western end of Horseshoe Mesa and take the trail down to the Tonto instead of backtracking to Cottonwood Trail. The Trail down to the Tonto is a kneebuster. Got to the Tonto and headed around to Cottonwood for camping. Found a nice, little used descent into a great Cottonwood Campground. Plenty of water. The winds really kicked up during the night and really roar down the canyon. Very gusty, probably mid 30knot.
Saturday 11-19-11 - Proceeded across the Tonto and around Grapevine Canyon. Decided to press on to Boulder Canyon for a possibility of Water. Boulder had some water up drainage from the trail. There is a reason it is called Boulder Canyon. Hard finding decent camping sites. Winds ended.
Sunday 11-20-11 - Proceeded across the Tonto. A dayhiker jetted by. We found water in Lonetree Canyon from a tinaja about 100 meters down the drainage. Wendy & Nate went to the Lonetree and reported that it was running, but slow. Went to middle Cremation. Dry camped.
Monday 11-21-11 - The Tonto looks so much flatter from up above. Got to the Tipoff and met Ranger (non-commissioned) Megan Smith checking and stocking SAR equipment and supplies in the brown container under the porch. Did some extra mileage on the SK (sweep sherpa).
On the way home I stopped at Bellemont for gas. Then I went across the road to the Route 66 Rodehouse. Enjoyed the restaurant. Fun place, good food. Helen the bartendress explained menu and arrangements. $8.99 for a 1/3 lb Black Angus patty or a 1/3 lb chicken breast. Then you grill them yourself on the big grill. Includes an all you can eat salad bar and fixin's.
Lessons - add small Hand Sanitizer to hygiene bag. Always check all batteries before trip. Wendy's Platypus gravity filter seemed to work great.
Great group on the hike. Wendy Lotze, Cindy Laughlin, Mike Janes, Mark Happe (Mr. Happy), Nate Freddy, Eugene, and Bojan (my legs hurt) Milhovic
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