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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.68 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,655 feet
Elevation Gain -208 feet
Accumulated Gain 348 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.84
Interest Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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Dogs not allowed
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12  2019-08-11
South Kaibab Trail
LJW
1  2019-05-18
Grand Canyon Corridor Loop
survivordude
51  2018-03-30
Phantom Canyon - Lower
arizona_water
20  2018-02-28
Grand Canyon: South Rim to River to South Rim
DixieFlyer
19  2017-12-30
Phantom Canyon - Upper
friendofThunderg
19  2017-09-23
Rim to Rim and Upper Ribbon Falls
ddgrunning
26  2017-04-29
Rim to Rim
Thoreau
15  2017-04-08
South Kaibab Trail
LindaAnn
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Author Jim_H
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by Jim_H

This is a connecting trail in the Grand Canyon. It is primarily used to connect the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails, but with the Anasazi ruins on the north side of the river it can be used to connect with the North Kaibab as well.


Both ends of this trail start at bridges over the Colorado River. Both have some history, I am sure, but I don't know it. The western bridge carries the water pipeline for the South Rim, and probably the water to Phantom Ranch as well. Just east of the trail and it's eastern bridge there is an old cable and hand cart kind of device that goes across the river. I recall reading that it was a historical means of transportation over the Colorado River, but I didn't note the significance. Sorry. Either way, this is a trail with some history to it, and really the bridges are the least of it.

Though the trail runs on the south side of the river, the action is on the north side of it. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Creek, the Anasazi ruins, and Bright Angel Campground are all on the north side. If you are just passing through or down for the day, you really ought to stop in at one of those locations. Odds are, you'll need to for some water. If you cross the river to access water and you are entering and leaving via the same trail, as was the case for me, the River Trail provides a nice alternative to the trail you already hiked, and it makes an excellent opportunity for a loop when combined with another trail.

Hike: The trail from east to west is as follows. After the bridge there is a short tunnel, and then a series of switchbacks which ascend the canyon walls and gain roughly 150 feet. From there you traverse along the river for some time to make the total length approximately one mile in length. You lose some elevation as you drop down to the junction with the western bridge over the river, and the Bright Angel Trail. The trail is maintained for mules and humans, and is in excellent shape. If down in the Canyon on any of the feeder trails, it is worth hiking this trail. I know I liked it.

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2010-09-06 Jim_H
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Day 1: First in line for the hikers' express shuttle at the Bright Angel Lodge by 3:45 am! One other person ended up showing at that stop. :lol: Different experience from the past (maybe because it's August). On SK trail by 4:40 am. Sunrise, around an hour later, was indescribable. Got to Phantom Ranch around 9 am and took a quick snack break. First time up North Kaibab and we were immediately blown away with the extreme beauty when we entered "the box". It was warm but actually a pretty perfect temperature at that time. We took another break at one of the creek crossings to filter cold creek water and cool down. Met the 2nd park ranger of the day who was giving hikers heat-hiking advice. Those rangers must deal with a lot. :-k We continued on and hit the Ribbon Falls creek trail sign around 11:30 am. It was getting pretty darn hot at that point and Ribbon Falls was the PERFECT oasis to cool down at. The hike to the falls took us about a half-hour. The distance is super short but there are many trails and some are more reasonable than others to follow. Ribbon Falls is out of this world beautiful! We had the place completely to ourselves for two hours while we played in the little cave and relaxed behind the falls. With our water bladders filled and our body temps cooled, we decided to head out and break at each of the (approximately) mile and a half spaced campgrounds ahead. There were a couple other waterfalls we stopped at to make use of the cold water and one with a great freezing cold pool close to the Manzanita Ranger Station. Waived hello to Roaring Springs falls around 5 pm and kept plugging away up the ever increasing grade. From here the side canyon we were heading up, paralleling the rock outcropping the north rim lodge sits on, kept getting prettier and prettier. As the sun went down the colors reflected in the canyon seemed to continuously change. The final few miles of N Kaibab are RELENTLESS! :sweat: Holy moly! Darkness was lovely and I had little bat friends flitting around to keep me company as the vegetation turned to forest forest. I made it to the top around 8:30 pm thinking my two friends were close behind. It was freeeeezing at the top and I immediately put on every piece of clothing I had. My friends arrived about a half hour later and one was feeling pretty bad & ended up throwing up. Unfortunately she had stopped consuming electrolytes once the sun went behind the canyon walls and didn't think about how much she was still sweating. I convinced her to eat some of my saltstick chewables and we made it to the lodge. :y:

Day 2: Woke up in our adorable little cabin feeling surprisingly good! We spent the day leisurely walking around the north rim and of course hitting up the lodge for food food and more food. Loved all the delicious vegan options offered for all three meals at the lodge! :DANCE: Our one friend who experienced heat exhaustion the previous evening ended up securing a spot on the shuttle for the return trip the next day instead of hiking back with us. We were grateful she had that option at the last minute and happy she was feeling better.

Day 3: We got to the N Kaibab TH at 4 am and started our decent. It was cool but more pleasant than the evening of our arrival. We got to the bridge around 5:30 am and light was starting to really expose the canyon colors. Stopped briefly to appreciate the colors in the caves area but no breaks this time around. I'm not going to lie...my calves were tight and my knees were screaming pretty loudly during the entire decent. Up is definitely my preference! We entered "the box" around 10 am (an hour later than our way in) and felt the heavy humid air sucking the energy out of me fo sho. Got to Phantom Ranch around 11:30 am and bought some cups of ice to add to our bladders and took our first break. Stayed for about a half hour and headed out with the intention of stopping at each resthouse area to cool down. Next stop was the beautiful little beach near the Colorado River Resthouse. We met a large family who hiked down just for the day to cook out & hang. They had multiple grills, leftover onions, potatoes, etc. They had packed it in and they were packing it all out (as we all should but unfortunately people don't always). Impressive! Now for the final stretch. We stopped at Indian Gardens around 3 pm and filtered cold water for the last time and cooled down. Heading up Bright Angel...I will never get over that view with the light streaming in and illuminating the angel. No words. The Bright Angel switchbacks feel like cake compared to the North Kaibab switchbacks. Still, our bodies were pretty exhausted at this point and we were moving pretty slowly. It's fun encountering tourists who have only hiked down a mile and a half and don't seem to understand they are blocking the entire trail for exhausted hikers who can't deal with navigating them right now. :lol: My friend made it to the top just before me and was treated to the sight of two mountain goats standing on a rock with a ray of light shinning on them! I saw the picture but missed the goats. Still, I was extremely happy for her to have had such a special treat!
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Spontaneous Rim to Rim trip with one night spent at Phantom Ranch.

This trip came together at the last possible minute. I was working on plans that ultimately fell through and had to look for a backup option. I had the Grand Canyon on my mind. The highs at Phantom were forecasted at 110 and I was questioning if this is a good idea. I thought about it and decided to go for it. I booked a seat on the 8am Trans Canyon Shuttle and drove to the south rim on Friday night and slept in my jeep. I woke on Saturday morning and headed over to the Bright Angel Lodge to check into the shuttle. Once there, I asked if there were any Phantom cancellations. They said yes, there are two private cabins and three bunks in the men’s dorm. I thought this sounded fun so I booked a bunk in the men’s dorm and paid for the 6:30pm dinner of Beef Stew. From there, I loaded up into the shuttle and made the long drive around the canyon.

The shuttle dropped me off at the North Kaibab Trailhead around 12:15pm and I got myself situated. I topped off my water and geared up and started in. Right away I could feel the heat. Direct sunlight was hot and shade was limited. I knew I had to be careful on the hike down. I continued on and the crowds thinned as I worked my way down. I kept a modest pace and took short breaks in the shade. I looked forward to the creek down below.

With some effort I passed Roaring Springs and I stopped for water just above Cottonwood. I soaked my bandana and poured water down my back. I feel good overall and I’m drinking plenty of water. I continued on and passed Cottonwood and I headed for Ribbon Falls where I took a short break by standing directly in the pour over. I was soaked head to toe and felt great! After I had my fill I continued south and had about two miles in constant sunlight. It beat down on me. I wore a long sleeve UPF shirt and I wore sunscreen and my bandana over my neck. All is well. I eventually hit The Box and had mostly shade the rest of the way. It was around 4:30pm and the sun was too low for this canyon. I cruised through this final stretch and arrived at Phantom Ranch around 5:30pm.

I checked in and headed into the men’s dorm. I have just under an hour to dinner so I took a shower and relaxed. The men’s dorm can sleep up to ten and includes a bathroom and a shower. The shower at Phantom Ranch was a first for me and was a real treat! It helped cool me off and brought me back to life. I eventually headed over to the canteena and was herded to a community table for dinner. This dinner is another first and was well worth the 36 bucks! There was plenty of food and the conversation was fun. I enjoyed myself! After dinner, I made the easy loop around the Silver Bridge & Black Bridge. I finished right as nightfall set in. I made a quick stop at the canteena where I paged through Death in the Grand Canyon. Someone has made minor changes & also added home towns for many people. It was interesting to see. From there, I went back to the dorm and turned in for the night.

I slept well all night with ear plugs I bought in the canteena. Guys were getting up at various times throughout the night but I didn’t hear a thing. I woke at 5:30am and was surprised to see I was the last one up. Most of the guys left and others were having breakfast. I geared up and topped off water and then started the hike out at 5:45am. The hike out went well. I set a moderate pace and took lots of short breaks in shade. I topped off my water at Indian Garden and took a short break. From there I climbed out. The sun was hot but tolerable. I topped out around 9:45am and headed back to Phoenix.

This was a hell of a hike and I’m glad I took the time and spent the money to make it happen. The spontaneity was the best part. The heat was brutal but tolerable. The key is avoiding direct sunlight whenever possible. And I'm calling this a backpack.

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Grand Canyon: South Rim to River to South Rim
I made my first ever trip to the Grand Canyon, and along with my intrepid hiking partner, Tracie, we went down the south Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River; crossed the river on the Black Bridge; came back across the river on the Silver Bridge; then continued on the River Trail to the Bright Angel Trail; then came back up to the Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

The Grand Canyon was as awesome as I thought that it would be. It was about 20 degrees when we started, and was near 60 when we got down to the River. I imagine that it was in the upper 30's when we got back to the Bright Angel Trailhead. I put on my microspikes for the last 1.5 miles or so -- the trail was snow packed but it really did not seem all that slippery; but since I had my microspikes in my backpack I put them on.

The hike was actually easier than I thought that it might be -- the trails were well groomed and maintained, thus making the footing much better than trails that I often hike in the Valley.

My Garmin GPS recorded 17.9 miles and around a 4,700' AEG.

Next at the GC I think that I will do a Rim2Rim day hike, or maybe even Rim2Rim2Rim spread out over 2 days.
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I headed to the Grand Canyon with @carriejane over the New Years weekend. The goals were: Hippie Camp in Upper Phantom, a recon of the Shiva exit route, a quick trip up Haunted Canyon and then Cheops Pyramid. The trip was also a test run on my surgically repaired shoulder, which is nearing its fourth month of recovery and long awaited end to its five pound limitation/restriction.

Day one included a late start and then an extra trip down the road to the trailhead to go back and grab some containers we had forgotten that would be needed to haul the water for our dry camp on day two. South Kaibab was a bit of a zoo, but the hiking was quick and the views were nice as usual. The Utah Flats Route was the rugged steep little climb we expected, but it went well. The stretch from the top to Phantom Canyon was a real treat, some great clouds and big views. The scramble down to Phantom was a little tedious, but that initial stretch of canyon makes it worthwhile. Initially, we had planned to hike into Hippie camp on the first night, but the attractiveness of the overhang camp and taking off the heavy packs won over.

On day two we day hiked up to Hippie camp and did a quick recon of the Shiva Exit Route, which I have to admit looks pretty intense, but I would still like to utilize it on a future ambitious trip. Although Hippie camp was a minor let down, the area intrigued both of us and we discussed a potential future return during snow melt. There was no time for Haunted Canyon with Cheops Pyramid still on the slate, so we returned to camp, packed up and made our way down stream. After a quick visit to the rope and falls that mark the upper and lower divide of Phantom, we filtered and stocked up on water for Cheops and our upcoming dry camp. Then it was the brisk climb back up U.F.R. and a quick stroll across the Tonto. We dropped the heavy packs and started off for Cheops at about 2:10 p.m. The off trail contour to the pyramid is a bit of a slog, but it seemed to go by quickly and before we knew it we were at the base of the “steps.” This part went a little smoother for me than the last time and we located the little climbs and the cairns marking them with relative ease. On the summit before 3:30 p.m. and after a ten minute break or so we were heading back down. The hike back to our packs was a little slow, but we were still able to retrieve our packs and make our way down trail to a nice campsite just before nightfall.

Day three consisted of slipping and sliding down Utah Flats into Phantom Ranch and then the River Trail to Bright Angel. We detoured off BA to do some of the Old Bright Angel and made the obligatory stop at the archeological site along the way. The last three miles of BA were a major slog for me, but Carrie was unfazed and left me in the dust a little.

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Ribbon Falls
Alex and I scored some walk-in permits at the Canyon on our way to Utah to visit our families for Christmas. The forecast called for rain all day, and it had rained all night at our campsite just outside Tusayan.

There was no snow in the village, but about an inch of snow at the SK TH when we got started. No ice on the trail, just lots of mud. Most of the canyon was hidden from us on the way down.

I had a few options in mind, but kept the itinerary loose until we set up camp at Bright Angel Campground. Alex hadn't seen Ribbon Falls yet and since the weather wasn't conducive to anything "extreme" we decided to take that option. It was a dreary walk along North Kaibab because we still couldn't see much of anything due to the rain and low clouds.

We made great time reaching Ribbon Falls in about 2 hours from Bright Angel Campground. We explored around the falls a little bit, ate some snacks, snapped a few photos and headed back to BAC. The sky was growing considerably dark by this point, and I knew we were in for some serious downpour. So far it was mostly just drizzling to light rain. Alex had left his poncho at the campground and I was a little worried with the cold that he might get into a bad situation.

When we joined back up with North Kaibab and started heading back, we could see the wall of dark clouds making its way up the canyon. I wished Alex good luck, and pulled out my umbrella to prepare for the downpour. About 10 minutes later we were running down the trail getting soaked. I managed to keep my upper body pretty dry because of the umbrella but my legs were soaking and freezing cold.

The rain eventually let up, and the sun finally made its appearance. There were rainbows, and numerous waterfalls along The Box. The canyon was shining like a jewel! It was actually a rather magical moment for such a "casual" canyon trip. The sun not only warmed our bones, but also our souls. :lol:

The next morning we broke camp and headed out via Bright Angel. I hadn't been on the lower stretch from BAC to IGC. We tagged Plateau Point on the way out before the true slog up BA from IGC to the top. The clouds had finally cleared enough that we could see snow on the South Rim, Brahma, Isis, and the very tops of many of the other Grand Canyon summits. The North Rim was still hidden from view, though. We kept a pretty nice pace on the ascent after Plateau Point, and never had to stop. We made it out in around 4.5 hours, from camp to rim, including the PP detour.

Yet another enjoyable Grand Canyon trip.

Foliage
Past peak at Phantom, and most trees are leaf less elsewhere.
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4 Day trip- Down South Kaibab with 2 nights at Bright Angel Campground and then the hike out split into 2 days on Bright Angel with a night at Indian Garden. Brought 10 guys total and had an absolute blast. Weather was perfect, and only a little ice on the trail on the hike out. Beautiful (peak?) fall color along both Bright Angel and Garden Creeks. Moonrise on day 2 and day 3 were phenomenal. Took dayhikes to Phantom Canyon and Plateau Point. Two thumbs up.
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Hiking from North to South is second to none...as a corridor hike anyway.

A moonless night made for a romantic transcanyon jaunt.

After crossing the silver bridge and heading up the Corkscrew Jamie and I, with our headphones in, made a quick decision with just a nod of our heads to bypass the tapeats narrows below IG and instead saunter up Old BA from the top of the Corkscrew at the granite pools to the Tonto then to IG.
There was a group of 3 guys a few minutes ahead of us at the granite pools, we beat them to IG by 5 minutes...but I wouldn't consider Old BA a shortcut unless you're ready to sweat... especially after already having hiked 20 miles through the night ;p

We left at sunset Friday night.
Made it to Bright Angel Lodge the next morning just in time for breakfast.

Total moving time 10hrs + 1hr rest at Phantom and 1hr rest at IG.

After breakfast I learned that I'd just been voted in as a member for Grand Canyon Historical Society!
Our whole reason for hiking r2r this trip was to attend the GCHS annual picnic at Shoshone Pt! Huzzah!
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This is my third Colorado River rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Wade and I did the same trip two years ago in 2014--a 12-day hiking-intensive rafting trip with Hatch River Expeditions. I love this trip! Wade gave this to me for my 62nd birthday. This time; however, I went alone. Wade did not want to go as he's "Been there, Done that!" I was quite worried about the weather as it was supposed to rain the majority of the time based on weather reports at Phantom Ranch. God was looking out for us as the weather was perfect! We traveled from Lee's Ferry all the way to Whitmore Wash, 188 miles down the Colorado River taking in both the Upper and Lower Canyon. These motor rigs are 35' in length and 16' wide powered by a 30-horsepower, four-stroke motor. They have two tubes on the sides with you can ride in rapids if you want a great thrill! There were only 9 passengers and three crew on the upper canyon trip. Four hiked out at the Bright Angel Trail near Phantom Ranch leaving only 5 of us to go the full 12 days. 24 people hiked down from the South Rim to meet the boats at Pipe Creek for the next 6 days. If you've never done this trip, I highly recommend saving your $$ for this trip of a life time. It's not cheap, but worth every penny if you are adventurous, love to hike fairly difficult hikes and don't mind camping on the beach every night. You'll get to HATE SAND! But, heck, it's only sand. I will write more about his trip when I edit this triplog later. Some of the hikes that I can't find links to on HAZ include Saddle Canyon, the confluence of the Little Colorado River, Miner's Camp (North Bass Trail.) I'm doing my best to keep my "being" below the rim. I'm just not ready for real life yet, but it is nice to have a hot shower!
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Grand Canyon South Rim & Red Mountain
Hiking the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail to the Colorado River and back has been on my bucket list since I was a teenager (some 45 years ago) and I finally fulfilled that dream hiking with members of the Arizona Backpacking Club headed by Clyde Kilgore and Peter Pilat and 7 others.

We arrived on Friday, March 11th car-camping at the Mather Campground. There were at least 30 elk roaming around the campground and throughout the Grand Canyon Village area. Crazy. After we set up camp, we took a short hike down the Hermit Trail deviating off trail to a site called the "Four Sisters." Clyde discovered this place years ago and wanted to share this little treasure with the group. We hiked to four natural arches -- more like bridges -- that very few people know about but yet is close to a heavily traveled trail (Hermit Trail). The first night at Mather Campground it started snowing around 2:30 a.m. and temperatures in the 20's. I was toasty warm in my tent cot bunker but waking up with 4 inches of snow on top of it made packing it up a bit of a challenge.

Saturday, March 12th -- We ate a good breakfast at Maswik Lodge and then donned our backpacks, strapped on our micro spikes, braved the bitter cold wind on top of the rim and down the slippery Bright Angel Trail we went. We stopped along the way to view various pictographs that many people miss while hiking on the Bright Angel. We took our time and stopped at both the 1 1/2 and 3-mile rest stops. It wasn't until the 3-mile rest stop that we took off our micro spikes. It was an exhilarating hike down to Indian Gardens where we set up camp for two nights.

After setting up our IG camp, we took a short hike on the Tonto trail to a point west of the Plateau Point to the edge of the inner gorge--a point less traveled and unlike Plateau Point, this point had no guard rails. There we discovered several cairns and benchmarks and fantastic views in all directions especially of the Colorado River.

We came back to camp, made dinner and watched the sunset from the camp ranger's porch sharing my flask of "Fireball" with the gang. We were all in bed by 7:30 p.m. and the choir of snores commenced. I slept fantastically.

Sunday, March 13th -- I've been looking forward to our hike to the river and Phantom Ranch. The weather was perfect! On the way down to Phantom Ranch, we stopped (off trail) to a Native American Ruin on the edge of Plateau Point across Garden Creek from the Bright Angel Trail. The cliff dwelling and granaries were a treat to see. It always amazes me that these dwellings stand the test of time and to imagine life back then. After experiencing the Devil's Corkscrew at the point where Garden Creek flows into Pipe Creek, we went off trail again to see stepped waterfalls. Most people on the Bright Angel Trail miss this hidden wonder of the canyon. I climbed on some tricky ledges and footings to get to the waterfall but it was worth the effort.

We hiked to the river to see 25 young folks in shorts and tank tops playing on the beach of the Colorado River. They were on a planned "life experience" trip and you could tell they all appreciated the beauty and magnificence of this magical place called the Grand Canyon. It was a joy watching these teenagers. I talked one of my fellow backpackers to dip his feet in the river with me. The rest of the group would not because their feet were all taped up from blisters. The water was definitely cold but it sure felt nice.

We took the River Trail to Phantom Ranch. I drank two expensive lemony lemonades and one beer. So Good! We spent an hour at the Ranch then hiked back up the River Trail and Bright Angel to Indian Garden, but Clyde, once again, had another option for us. Four of us opted to experience the upper portion of the Old Devil's Corkscrew skipping the section of the Bright Angel Trail along Garden Creek and connecting with the Tonto Trail below IG. It was definitely off trail and we got to see more cliff dwellings and granaries.

We got back at camp, had dinner and was in bed by 7:30 p.m. It was a windy night and I'm not talking about the snoring this time.

Monday, March 14th -- Up by 5:30 a.m., had a quick breakfast, packed up and everyone got to hike out at their own pace with the caveat that the 2nd to the last person stayed with the last person. It took me 3 hours and 15 minutes to hike up the Bright Angel Trail. It was tough! I knew it would be and I was prepared for it, but it was all I could do to keep moving one foot in front of the other. I took 10-minute breaks at the 3-mile rest stop and the 1 1/2 mile rest stop. There was a train of people hiking down the Bright Angel Trail (Spring Break tourists) all looking at me with my big backpack thanking God it was not them. I felt proud of myself and exhilarated that I made it to the Bright Angel Lodge meeting up with the group without puking my guts out. Yeah!

After having a beer at the Bright Angel Bar, we all went for Mexican Food in Tusayan and then all departed home except for me and one other gal who spent another night at Mather campground because she knew she did not want to drive home to Yuma after hiking out of the Grand Canyon. I stayed the night at the Best Western and enjoyed one of the best showers I've ever had! I did not want to drive home either.

Tuesday, March 15 -- Had a big breakfast at the Best Western and then traveled to Red Mountain Geological area in the Coconino National Forest. I've never been there before. This short 2.6-mile hike was worth the detour. This cinder cone, estimated to be over 1 million years old, rises 1,000 feet above the plateau to 7,960 feet. Very unique rock formation and features.

While back on the road heading home to Phoenix, I get a call that my Mother-in-Law just got out of surgery from having her gall bladder removed and that I will be flying out to help her with her recovery for a few weeks. Hence the delay in my trip report. I will post photos soon.
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Rim to Rim to Rim
SK to skeleton PT, down old Miners to the Tonto platform, down the kickass tapeats break to the river trail, across black bridge to Phantom, lemonade, down to the silver bridge, up and over "the kiva route" to the lower section of Utah Flats Route, back to Phantom, more lemonade, up NK to the rim, 4 hour nap, down NK to Cottonwood, 2 hour nap, no lemonade :( , down to Ribbon Falls, back to Phantom Ranch, still no lemonade!! It's dark, they're closed...on we March... Cross silver bridge, up old corkscrew, cross new BA at granite pools, up old BA to the Tonto, sneak into Indian Gardens, nap 2 hours? near Creek, up BA to Kolb Seep, left trail on "Kolb Route", intersect Upper Old BA aka Cameron Route, emerge just east of upper tunnel, quazi nap right there, crawl to original Trailhead beside Kolb Studio... No margaritas... Taxi took forever to get us home.

Sleeping for the next three weeks...except work at 8am tomorrow.... Meeehhhhhh


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The trailheads for either the South Kaibab, North Kaibab or Bright Angel Trails, which are the primary means of accessing this trail, are paved and easily accessible. Please see those trail descriptions for access.
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