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Tanner Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
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Distance One Way 7.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,390 feet
Elevation Gain -4,597 feet
Accumulated Gain 363 feet
Avg Time One Way 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.91
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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Grand Canyon River Running
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History
The lower reaches of the Grand Canyon below Desert View are dominated by a series of tilted layers of stone known as the Grand Canyon Supergroup. The Supergroup is a complex collection of ancient sedimentary and igneous rocks ranging in age from 800 million to 1.2 billion years, the oldest sedimentary deposits in the canyon. The colorful rocks are soft and easily eroded so the canyon floor is unusually expansive, offering unimpeded views of some of the steepest walls to be found below the rim.


In addition to being geologically noteworthy, the Tanner Trail is also historically significant. Native people used this natural rim-to-river route for several thousand years and the trail as we know it today has been in constant use since 1890 (when it was improved by Franklin French and Seth Tanner). The Tanner Trail allowed early miners access to their claims and was used as the southern component of the disreputable Horsethief Route. Wilderness seekers are only the latest humans to discover the charms of the area.

The historic Tanner Trail is the primary access by foot into the eastern Grand Canyon. The trail is unmaintained and ranks as one of the most difficult and demanding south side trails, but for an experienced canyon walker the aesthetic bounty of the area will be adequate compensation.

Hike
What remains of a once popular pioneer-era trail goes down the gully immediately east of Lipan Point. The upper section of the Tanner Trail is narrow, badly eroded, and can be difficult to follow, especially after a winter storm. The trail stays on the slopes east of the bottom of the gully through the Toroweap and switches to the west side at the top of the Coconino. Rock slides in the Coconino have covered the original trail in places, forcing hikers to improvise short sections. The trail descends steeply across the slope west of the bed of gully nearly all the way to the Seventyfive Mile Creek - Tanner Canyon saddle. A prime canyon view at the saddle is the reward for a couple of miles of notably insecure hiking.

The next three miles present the only reasonably civilized hiking to be found along the entire route. Traversing near the bottom of the Supai, the trail contours around the base of Escalante and Cardenas Buttes, goes up to cross a small ridge and descends to the top of the Redwall. Walk the rim of the limestone north; watching for the place the trail starts down the Redwall cliff well short of the end of the developing promontory. The view from the Redwall rim across to the Palisades of the Desert is exceptional.

The Redwall descent is nasty, steep and loose. A thin coating of gravel makes some slipping and sliding inevitable and a serious fall is a real possibility, so take your time. The trail contours along the base of the Muav to a neat little saddle at the top of the Tapeats. Ancient faulting has created significant offset within the Tapeats Formation, so a hiker has to effectively walk through the Tapeats twice. The Supergroup (Dox Sandstone) appears about 2 miles above the river. Pay attention in the Dox. The trail chokes down to about a foot wide and traverses across an angle of repose slope of eroding red sandstone that falls away for hundreds of feet. The unrelenting grade of the trail as it drops toward the shoreline puts the final touches on already weary canyon hikers.

Notes
The Grand Canyon in general is infamous for summer heat and the Tanner Trail is specifically noted as being unusually hot. The wide open nature of this part of the canyon means the summer sun comes up early and sets late. No water means no vegetation, and that means no shade. River runners call this part of the Grand Canyon "Furnace Flats". Avoid this trail during hot weather.

Water Sources
The Colorado River is the sole source of water. No reliable water exists above the shoreline. The Colorado is often silt laden and can be difficult to purify under those conditions.

Campsites
As part of the ongoing efforts to salvage plant and animal habitats that revolve around what remains of the old pre-dam sediments near the river, the large sand dune at the mouth of Tanner Canyon is closed to visitation. With this exception, the Tanner Canyon Use Area (BB9) allows "at-large" camping. There are nice (although dry) established campsites at the Seventyfive Mile Creek - Tanner Canyon saddle, trailside in the Supai, above and below the Redwall, and in the Tapeats. Campsites near the river can be found on the east side of Tanner Canyon. A composting toilet is located nearby.

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The goal going into the day was the Tanner brothers, Cardenas and Escalante, then Coronado Butte and if we were still feeling good and the sun had not won yet Battleship, which quickly became well maybe Sinking Ship and then lets call it a day after Coronado.

After a 3:30 Wake up, we were on Tanner just before four a.m. and heading down with headlamps. In hindsight, we would have started at 3:30 a.m., but I was worried about getting down the trail for the first time in early morning with headlamps and wanted to shorten our amount of time in the dark, as the hike description described the trail as washed out in many places and hard to follow. I should have listened to @bifrost who told me the trail was fine for headlamps , because it was easy to follow and in pretty good shape too (for the short portion we did at least).

Cardenas was up first. Easy summit, straightforward and fun, with great views. Then is was the pleasant ridgeline stroll to Escalante, which proved to be another fun little canyon summit. The "jump" was fun and the summit offered some more great views. From the summit, it was the slightly annoying off trail trek back to the trail. I swear not one of those rocks on that ridgeline is firmly attached to the earth. After hitting the trail, it was a quick jaunt to the top. A little warm here and there, but not too bad. After a quick recharge at the car, it was on to Coronado Butte.
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance
My friend Sam and I, along with my 15 year old son, hiked this route over three days. What a beautiful hike. This is now definitely one of my favorites in the Grand Canyon.

The hike definitely has a few challenging places. My topo map designates trail intensity with letters: E=Easy, M=Moderate, D=Difficult, and for extra difficult, DD. All three legs of this hike have “large chested” stretches on my map.

The views on the descent down the Tanner are spectacular because of the relative openness of the terrain all the way to the river. I can’t think of another trail where you’re within sight of a single spot on the Rim for the whole descent to the River. (In this case that spot is Desert View tower.)

I wish that I had read the triplogs on this website before the hike because we would have taken the detour up Escalante Butte. We certainly would have had plenty of time, since we reached Tanner Beach by early afternoon. We explored and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. The upper cliffs of the South Rim illuminated by the setting sun were gorgeous, and the cliffs reflecting in the Colorado made for some nice photos.

As soon as the sun went down our camp was besieged by mice. Those little devils are fast. You could hardly raise your arm to throw a rock before your target had darted off under a rock or log. We emptied our packs of food and hung the food off an overhang, but even that wasn’t good enough: I awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of Sam whacking his empty pack with his hiking stick in order to knock off a couple of mice that were busy chewing on it.

The second day of the hike, the Escalante Route, was my favorite leg because of the variety and beauty of the terrain. The only part of this leg worthy of its “Route” designation was the last couple of miles, from the mouth of Seventyfive Mile Creek to Hance Rapids. Otherwise it’s an easy-to-follow trail.

We stopped partway up Dox Hill because one of us had to dig a hole, and while we sat beside the trail, I spotted Angel’s Window out near the end of Cape Royal on the North Rim. My son and I had visited it a couple of years ago, so it was fun to see it again, but from a different perspective.

Later on, it was a thrill to lean over the east edge of Seventyfive Mile Canyon looking for the creek bed below, not be able to see it, and then have to lean even farther over the edge before finally seeing it. Less than an hour later, we were walking down that very creek bed, looking waaay up to the canyon’s edge far overhead.

The trail definitely gets more route-like after Seventyfive Mile Creek. It was a bit daunting to arrive at the bottom of Papago Wall without really knowing what it was, and seeing the cairns at the bottom and top. We really have to climb that? But upon closer inspection, it turns out that it’s not so bad. We were able to climb it without even removing our packs.

The mice were even bolder and more numerous at Hance than they were at Tanner the night before. At one point in early evening I looked down and found a mouse sitting right beside me in the sand.

The mice stole a couple of things from us in the night too: Sam’s sock (taken to be used in a nest?) and the small leather keeper from his hat strings. A mouse also chewed a hole in my son’s water bladder bite valve. I was relieved that they didn’t chew a hole in my tent.

What can I say about the hike out on the New Hance? It’s steep, especially since the first couple of miles in Red Canyon gain almost no elevation at all. That being said, I enjoyed the hike up more than our hike down a couple of years ago – definitely easier on the knees and hips.

Now I’m itching to get back here again sometime – maybe try out the Tanner-Beamer-Salt trails?

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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance
Russell invited me to come along on a 3-day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon on the Tanner - Escalante - New Hance "loop". He had one extra spot available so I invited my friend Alex to come along too. This was all new territory for me in the canyon so it was impossible to say no.

Day 1
Alex and I met up with Russell and Craig on Saturday morning around 8 A.M. just off the highway on the road you use as parking for New Hance. After some breakfast, we all piled into Craig's truck and headed for Lipan Point.

We started down Tanner Trail making good time despite how steep it was. This is the first "primitive" trail I've been on at the Grand Canyon and I like the feel. Just enough cairns and use to be navigable without much thinking, but you're still on you're toes because it's steep and you might need to use your hands for stabilization.

About 2.5 miles in, Alex, Craig, and I diverged from the Tanner Trail and headed for Escalante Butte via the north ridge. There are a lot of really fun scrambles, and some small climbs before the summit. The views into the canyon from the ridgeline are awesome!

Once at the split summit boulder, we all looked at the spot where you have to make the leap and didn't like how exposed it was. Alex and Craig spent some time trying to find a way to climb the eastern face of the gap. They would always get one or two steps away from being able to pull it off but there wasn't anything secure to grab on top to pull yourself up. I'm not a climber, so for me it was the jump or an assist.

Alex assisted Craig to the top of the summit by letting Craig use his shoulder. I did the same for Alex. While they sat on the summit and signed the register, I re-climbed the western face, positioned myself on the ledge of the gap and re-evaluated the jump. I decided I was going to go for it. I assisted Craig back down from the summit before making the jump so we all wouldn't get stuck up there.

I focused only on where I was going to land, and where my other foot was going to go to pull me up off the ledge which is tilted back towards the gap. Then I shot the gap. Easy peasy!

On the summit, I quickly signed the register and snapped a couple of photos. Russell had probably been waiting an hour by this point. I decided to take the assisted down climb from the summit rather than jump back to the western ledge. That jump looks even scarier. :scared:

We met back up with Russell, had some lunch, then continued down Tanner to the Colorado. Once there we spent some time loitering on the beach before setting up camp. Later in the day @sirena rolled through our camp on one of her Canyon adventures. Nice to meet you!

Day 2
We woke up and started walking a little before 8 A.M. I started a little chilled but quickly warmed up as we hit pockets of sun that had made their way into the canyon already. Once we worked our way across the flat sandy banks of the Colorado to where we would climb up and away from the river, I was over the sun and seeking shade.

Great views along the Escalante route from where you climb away from the river to Papago Creek. Route finding is pretty straightforward all along the route with well placed cairns and in some places a pretty well worn tread. The highlights for me were Seventyfive Mile Creek and the Papago Wall.

Once we reached New Hance Rapids we all got in the river for a little bit while it was hot. The water is really cold at first but it feels refreshing after you get out and let the sun warm you back up. Beach life along the Colorado seems pretty nice.

Day 3
After a not so satisfying night of sleep it was time to exit the big ditch via New Hance. This trail starts out at a really nice grade as you follow the bottom of Red Canyon, but you pay for it later once you leave the bottom of the creek and start a relentless climb up the side to the Rim. There is some overgrowth along this section of the trail and you may need to pay a little more attention for route finding, but it is still pretty straightforward.

I brought a liter and a half of water with me which I had almost completely burned a little over half way up. I started feeling pretty woozy on the last 2 miles, probably because I was starting to get dehydrated. I entered snail mode to crawl up the final 2000ft. From New Hance Rapids to Rim I believe it took us a little over 4 hours. Whew, that climb is a doozy!

Thanks again Russell for the invite!

Foliage
Some yellow here and there in the drainages.
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Almost Vishnu Temple
Almost. I made it to within about 150-200 feet below the summit.

Started out from Lipan Point loaded down with camping, packrafting and rappelling gear. Got a late start at 10am so it was quite warm when I reached the foot of Tanner Trail. Followed the Escalante route for about 4 miles and then cut off trail until I reached my river crossing spot, just before Unkar Creek. Aired-up my Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transporter (BOAT), donned my wetsuit and PFD, said a prayer and got into the cool water. The crossing went well as it was on an outside turn and so centrifugal force basically deposited me right where I wanted to be. The return trip wasn't so pretty. Stashed my rafting gear under some brush then went and took a quick look at some of the ruins on Unkar Delta before starting up Unkar Creek. There's a marked trail that runs through the delta. I just did a short part of it. Most of the sites were re-burried by the park service after study. I followed Unkar Creek about 5 miles until I reached the side canyon I would need to reach Freya/Vishnu Saddle. By then the sun was gone so I found a big flat rock to camp on. Extremely windy all night. I probably slept 2 hours. There's running water in Unkar but from all the white residue around it it must be heavily mineralized. And in some sections it was running orange. So I only took water from the Colorado.

Once on the saddle the next morning, I followed the route description from Grand Canyon Summits Select towards Vishnu's summit. I spent about 2 hours hemming and hawing at what the Tomasis called the Supai crux. A 30 foot class 4 climb in the upper Supai. I must have put my backpack back on and walked away only to turn around again at least 5 times. The climb really isn't bad, its just that I hate downclimbing and this climb requires you to commit to finish once you start. Finally found the nerve to get up it and then headed up to the Coconino. All kinds of scrambling, route finding and some class 3 there that was easy but reminded me of Cathedral Rock on Lemmon with the exposure. Up into the Kaibab I got to the "tough boulder move" and that's where I called it. Again, not a difficult climb but I guess I was done at that point, for many reasons. Here's a short list: low on water, getting late and I still had to get back to my camping gear in Unkar, already had one rapel weighing heavy on me and didn't want another, too many moves to remember just to get back to the saddle, and I was higher than I expected I would get so was still satisfied. These temples never go down on the first attempt anyway.

Back down to Unkar, spent another night in the creek and then crossed the CO on the morning of my 3rd day. That crossing took two tries as the river really wanted me to stay on the north side. Long 5-hour slog up Tanner to finish off.

This hike put me just past 3,000 lifetime miles at the canyon.
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Salt-Tanner
Took a leisurely backpack between working seasons at the Canyon.

Had our former coworker Ryan drop us off at Salt trailhead, we began our scramble down this historic route around noon on May 2nd...

It was already warm. Oh well.
The first section was definitely the steepest and I stopped at one point and was reminded of a section of Marble Canyon i.hiked with Jamie once... "We go where?!"

It looks pretty intimidating those first few "switchbacks" but it's a lot easier than it looks.

There was apparently a "climbing" spot.
Jamie suggested we hand down packs so we did and then I monkeyed down the "hard part"...
That climb section isn't difficult at all even with a large pack, the climb is protected and surrounded by large blocky boulders full of hand and footholds.

There was an old frayed rope there. If anyone is hiking out/up salt maybe you can haul that out the last half mile or whatever?
It was day one for us so...yeah, sorry I couldn't grab it.

But yeah, certain folks but a stress on the climby spot and it gave me undue stress even though I knew I could handle anything thrown my way...but it wasn't scary or nerve wracking or anything like that.

In fact, if you look at it from above...there is clearly a "staircase" awaiting your boots! People, I swear...

The rest of the trail is very straightforward,well loved and worn in. A few rockslides here and there near the redwall but nothing too intense.

In fact, the redwall break was my favorite part! It was fun and involved hands a f ew times, maybe just because I'm short.

We camped at the base of Salt on the helipad.
The creek water coming down from. The redwall is VERY salty tasting and I think even with treating and boiling my stomach is against its use in the future. Tea, coffee, food, Crystal light mix.... everything will taste incredibly salty and the thickness is like milk! Drink the LCR instead that's what the fish hatchery crew does...

Route to confluence from salt was easy "just go that way -- :next: "

I recommend crossing the river above the travertine dams, you'll know em when you see em. I think Chumley triplog from way back when had a great photo of em.

We opted to cross walking atop or rather just a behind the top of the travertine dams...I don't know why.
Those of you who know me know I'm quite petite and there were a few times the water was up to my hips! Whoa!
It actually felt very nice thanks to the day's heat but after my accidentally swim in Granite Falls Rapid back in December I was still a bit "mehr" regarding water...the water was swifter in the LCR toward river left, the further we crossed the faster it swept us.

So crossing further above the dams might be better.


I got to play in quicksand!!! First time ever... hilarious fun.

Confluence was packed with "river runners"... Big group on a big pontoon boat I forget which company but took photos. They were quiet and waved and we're respectful.
Of course Jamie and I were on the other side of the river so...maybe we couldn't hear them ;).

We apparently walked right above/under/past Beamers Cabin...how the heck did we manage that?! Oh well...

Took my first step into Beamer Trail and we camped about half a mile down along the Colorado River. Awesome campsite! Much tastier green Colorado River water!


Third day headed down Beamer and camped at Palisades I think it was called and explored some gorgeous mudflats...gotta ask Wayne about those...why are they there?! And "found" the old mine and of course went right up almost into it.
It's a sensitive bat habitat just like all the others now. But still wet and some seepage around the tailings piles.

Beamer Trail is exactly how I always imagined it to be. Long, winding, hot but with Gorgeous views of everything! We could even see snow on the North Rim!

The entirety of Beamer we had company...down on the river maybe 1000ft below us?
Some sort of science river trip with a small motor boat that kept zipping upriver and Down again. Our third night the boats crew was going from camp to camp in the dark...collecting nocturnal specimen maybe?? It amused us and was akin to watching a sitcom on TV haha

Fourth was our shortest day I think, a whopping three miles to Tanner Beach!

Jamie explored up Canyon a bit and found the pouroff where the old man fell and died and the one young boy built a raft a lived...
About a quarter mile away Jamie said he found a Tapeats break that took him right to Tanner Trail...hmmm...

We met a couple of guys who may have been illegally camped at Tanner Beach and boasted their "100 miles in 7 days" while I boasted "I've been napping on this beach since noon" haha

The two guys wanted to hike out wit us at 3am...so we slept in.
Started hiking out on May 6th (day 5) at 4am...it was 84° at the beach.

3 hours later at the Redwall it was 96°...
We reached Lipan point at 10:30 on the dot and it was a cool 75°. Ah, perfect.

The sun really beat me up that time...I need to spend more time IN the Canyon and less time gallivanting on the rims and summit apparently ;)
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance
This all started with Rachel contacting me earlier this year asking about a 3-4 day Grand Canyon adventure. My first suggestion was Escalante Route and all the details unfolded from there. Time flies and next thing you know the six of us are driving up Saturday morning arriving at the east entrance around 10am. To our delight we spotted Karl & Kathy. They had to change their original plan so they joined us for the start of our hike.

Chumley and I set the shuttle while the combined group of six started the hike down Tanner. We started down around 11am and gradually descended. Tanner is steep off the start and the relatively heavy backpack doesn't help. We continued down and caught up to Karl & Kathy near the base of Escalante Butte. They decided to continue down to Cardenas where the approach was easier. The four of us continued from there. They eventually broke off for Cardenas while Chumley and I continued down to the spectacular view at the top of the Redwall. The Canyon never gets old!

Next up was the Redwall and we started down spotting the others near the bottom. The descent through the Redwall is steep and loose but not too bad. It took some time and we caught up the others. From there our group of six completed the last few miles to the river. Once down we selected a great campsite to the left. It was mid-afternoon and we all settled in doing camp chores like setting up camp and filtering water.

We woke on day two and took our time tearing down camp. We hit the trail around 8:30am and started the Escalante Route. I kept telling everyone it's an easy 12 miles with a few obstacles. I way undersold it! The route is a beast and really wears you down. We took several breaks along the way and lunch at Escalante Creek. From there we climbed the Papago Wall and then down the Papago Slide. I don't remember the slide being so steep! The last mile to Red Canyon was a slog.

All of us were beat as we walked into camp. I was delighted to see we scored the prime campsite under the Mesquite Tree. It was more camp chores as we settled in for evening. It will be another beautiful night. We would have wonderful weather for the entire trip. Everyone was achy and turned in early knowing the hike out is going to be a huge elevation day!

Our final day started with a quick morning. Everyone was up fairly early and began prepping for the hike out New Hance. This was another one I said wasn't a big deal. I guessed we'd fly out and I was wrong. The first two miles are fairly mild in a creek bottom. From there it's just about all up as we headed for the top of the Redwall. The Supai traverse was slow as you needed caution while you work your way across. Once we hit the gully it's more climbing over the final two miles. I would guess our pace at less than a mile an hour through here. It was a tough climb and I was glad to finally top off at the New Hance sign. From there the six of us packed up and headed for NiMarcos in Flagstaff!

This was a fun trip but really took some effort. I forget how difficult the Grand Canyon can be. Anyways thanks everyone for coming out for this one. This was the first time I met Jared and he was a lot of fun & solid hiker. It was great hiking with Rachel too. Let's plan something for 2017!
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance
Apparently all of HAZ descended into the Grand Canyon this weekend and I was lucky enough to be in one of those groups. The weather and temperature couldn't have been more beautiful and the trails couldn't have been rockier and steeper.

We ran into Karl and Kathy at the east entrance and they came along for the first part of our day. Tanner is steep steep steep. I don't think my calf muscles ever recovered-- the downhill hurt all weekend. Camp at the bottom was a little crowded but we managed to snag a sweet spot after Chumley scared off some youngsters.

On day two, we hit the Escalante Route. I loved this trail. It was tougher than the sections of the Tonto I've done but much more interesting with some great "wow" moments. 75-mile Creek was definitely a highlight and the Papago Wall and Papago Slide were good "oh crap" moments.

That night we stayed at everyone's favorite camp spot. Its nice to revisit places I've camped before. I went to bed early dreading the climb out the next day. I remembered how rough New Hance was coming down and was not looking forward to that hike. I tried to remind myself how cool that trail is-- I don't think it helped.

We headed out in the morning. I did my best to enjoy the section in Red Canyon before the real ascending began. I think this ended up being my worst climb out of the canyon. I was broken off by the time I made it up the redwall. I sludged up the rest of the way up. It seemed like every time I looked at my GPS, I still had 2,000 feet to go. I was going slower than planned and realized I would need to conserve my water more than I had originally thought. I finally hit that last 500 feet and the end was in sight. I reached the top, turned around to give the canyon a couple single digit salutes, and went to meet the rest of the pack. Great trip, though :D
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance
This is a beastly loop!

John and I set up the shuttle while the others got a head start down Tanner with Karl and Kathy. We met those two as they were starting up Escalante Butte, and convinced them to join us for another mile and head up Cardenas instead, which they did.

We finally spotted the others at the redwall break, but it took us all the way to the bottom of the break before we finally caught up. From there we hiked together to the beach which was actually a bit crowded, with a handful of different groups camped in a few places. We found a nice spot and settled in for the afternoon.

In the morning we began our long traverse across the Escalante Route. This route has it all: riverside sand, scrambles, climbs, huge views, narrow canyons, and a lot of solid work!

We were happy to arrive at Red Creek to find our favorite camp spot unoccupied. In fact there was nobody else there, which was a nice change from the night before!

Monday we got up early and made steady progress up New Hance. I had only been down this one before, and all I can say is that ascending it is relentlessly steep and it takes a toll!

We couldn't have had better weather all weekend. Cloudy and mild. Never too cold at night, and never too warm during the day. The clouds were a gift, and the cool breezes made it tough to beat.

It was great to meet Jared, and good to see Rachel again. Thanks for putting this one together! (Kudos to 9L for the assist) :)
Tanner Trail
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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!
Tanner Trail
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We woke to a beautiful day on Sunday morning. Claire and I tore down camp and then headed over to Lipan Point. Our plan was to hike down Tanner and summit Cardenas and then Escalante. There were some clouds but nothing ominous. We started hiking around mid-morning and made a gradual descent down Tanner. This top section is very steep and loose.

Things eventually leveled off and dark clouds moved in over Desert View to the east. I kept a watchful eye as we continued. A few minutes later some light rain started to fall followed soon after with thunder. The weather looked bad and I considered turning us around. We took a break under a rock overhang and surveyed the situation and decided to continue. Before long we hit the turn off for Cardenas and decided to go for it.

The climb to Cardenas starts off easy. We easily followed the ridge as we climbed up. Rain fell intermittently. The rock was wet but not slippery. We continued up and hit a fairly steep band about a hundred feet below the summit. I decided to play it safe and we headed to the left in search of a safer approach to the summit. Soon after we found a nice break that provided an easy scramble up. We now found ourselves right below the true summit. This time I continued to the right and found another convenient break that provided access to the summit. We climbed up this and found the only cairn at the top. It was more helpful for the return.

We topped out on the summit right as a moderate rain started to fall. Claire found a dry rock overhang. I grabbed the register and joined her in the shelter. There was rain all around us and thunder rang out over Desert View. I signed the register and we decided it was in our best interest to get down. The rain let up and we started the scramble down. We tried to take a shortcut and it didn't work out too well. The going was very slow and we cliffed out several times. We spent plenty of time wandering back and forth. The good thing is we always found a way and with much effort arrived back on Tanner. The weather looked better but was still ominous. We decided to hike out.

The rest of the hike took a lot of effort and was relatively slow going. The upper section of Tanner is quite the climb! We were both happy when things leveled off and we arrived at the jeep soon after. From there we loaded up and returned to Phoenix. It was a good day considering the rain and thunder. I'd like to return to hit Escalante another time.

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Directions
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Road
Paved - Car Okay

To Lipan Point Trailhead
Follow SR-64 32.9 miles from SR-89 or 20 miles from Grand Canyon Village.

Park at Lipan Point, walk back down the road a few steps, and look for the trailhead east of the
pavement.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 233 mi - about 3 hours 44 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 338 mi - about 5 hours 15 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 87.1 mi - about 1 hour 37 mins
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