Miner's Route, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,575 feet
Elevation Gain 1,375 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,442 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.81
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Historic
Backpack Connecting Only
Dogs not allowed
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Clear Creek Trail - GCNP
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Old BA & Miners Route & Skeleton Pt Rt
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:39am - 7:30pm
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Old Prospectors Trail
by John9L

History: This route was used by prospectors to access their claims along the Colorado River. This dates back to the days before the River Trail was constructed. Signs of trail construction are obvious.

You can follow this route in either direction, but this is written describing the ascent from the river.

The route leaves the River Trail just west of the Silver Bridge and heads up a very steep ravine. The going is slow as the terrain is steep and loose. As you scramble up you will start to see signs of use and a faint trail. Portions of the route follow the noticeable old trail, while others require scrambling where no obvious trail exists. After roughly a quarter mile and 500 feet of gain you’ll reach a saddle that provides a good view of Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River below. From here the trail should be easy to follow. There is little to no exposure through this section but the terrain is steep and taxing. Continue up and be sure to look back for signs of trail construction. You will reach another saddle with a good view of the Tapeats. Continue up following the signs of trail and within a few minutes the break in the Tapeats will become obvious. This is your exit route. Route-finding in this area is challenging, but if you continue towards the break you will pick up the trail again.

The route up the break in the Tapeats is steep and loose but relatively easy to follow. Again, the route will lead you up some established switchbacks with a mixture of scrambling. Near the top look for a switchback that heads to the north. Follow this for a couple of minutes before it turns back to the south for the final stretch which leads to the Miner's Cairn at the top. The Miner’s Cairn is a very large rock pile with a fairly large rock pointing directly up towards the sky.

From the Miners Cairn, proceed south and head cross country towards the Tonto Trail. No clear route exists, but an option is to follow the wash that leads back to the Tonto Trail. Once on the Tonto you can head east a quarter mile to the South Kaibab Trail or west a few miles back to the Bright Angel Trail. You can also take the Skeleton Point Route back to the South Kaibab Trail. It leads to the top of the Redwall switchbacks a little above the halfway point.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2013-04-15 John9L
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To South Kaibab Trailhead
From Flagstaff head west on I-40 for 30.4 mi to SR-64. Turn right/north and follow SR-64 55 miles to the park. You will receive a map & information at the GC park entrance.

You can only reach the trailhead by free-shuttle or taxi. Parking is available at several lots. There is a lot a mile from the trailhead on the east drive. If you are there early you can use this lot (it fills up fast) and hike the two miles there and back.

Express hikers' shuttles directly from Bright Angel Lodge and the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab trailhead depart daily at:
March 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m.
April 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., and 8:00 a.m.
May 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., and 7:00 a.m.

NPS Note: The South Kaibab Trail is located near Yaki Point. Due to the popularity of this area and extremely limited space, parking is not permitted at the trailhead. Hikers must use the park's free shuttle bus system to reach the trailhead. Every morning, several hiker express buses leave from the Bright Angel Lodge and then from the Backcountry Information Center (times vary depending on the month). Otherwise, hikers will need to take the village bus (Blue Line) to Canyon View Information Plaza and transfer to the Green Line. South Kaibab trailhead is the first stop on the Green Line.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 235 mi - about 3 hours 42 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 340 mi - about 5 hours 12 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 88.1 mi - about 1 hour 33 mins
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