GC trip with a Grandview Trail dayhike - 10.4miles 4,011AEG.
Day 1. Temp at TH at 10:30 about 20degrees. Very steep trail with lots of cobble. Some snow on the north slopes and in shade - no ice but we brought in-step crampons with us just in case. Did well with my layering. Met two backpackers coming up from a 6 day hike. Got to Mesa. Found the mine and some old mining equipment. Saw 3 backpackers going down Miners Spring. Explored around the dining hall - lots of tin cans and broken plates on the ground. Hiked out to the edge of the mesa and had lunch. Between the mine and the Coconino saddle it seems that you gain then give it back. From the Coconino Saddle it is all gain. Wind picked up and weather got cooler. The light gloves were too light but the layering was fine. Saw a Bald Eagle fly over us, but it was too fast and I could not get a shot. 4.5hrs hiking. 1.0 hour resting.
Stayed at El Tovar. Showered and went to a very nice dinner. Went along the Rim trail to look at the stars and the full moon. Temp was 13 with a wind chill of about 0.
Day 2. Ate breakfast by the window and watched a big beautiful 4 by 4 mulie buck walk by (probably B&C 180 to 190). Drove to Hermits rest and hiked a little. Drove back and stopped at Maricopa Point (?) to look at the Uranium Mine. Very windy and cold. Drove to Desert View. Awesome place - well worth the side-trip. Drove home.