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New Hance Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 6.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,024 feet
Elevation Gain -4,435 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,525 feet
Avg Time One Way 5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.98
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Author Tim
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Knee Knocker
by Tim

History: In 1883, "Captain" John Hance became the first European American to settle at the Grand Canyon. He originally built his trails for mining, but quickly determined the real money lay in work as a guide and hotel manager. From the very start of his tourism business, with his Tennessee drawl, spontaneous wit, uninhibited imagination, and ability to never repeat a tale in exactly the same way, he developed a reputation as an eccentric and highly entertaining storyteller. The scattered presence of abandoned asbestos and copper mines are a reminder of his original intentions for the area.

Shortly after his arrival, John improved an old Havasupai trail at the head of today's Hance Creek drainage, the "Old Hance Trail", but it was subject to frequent washouts. When rockslides made it impassable he built the New Hance Trail down Red Canyon. Today's trail very closely follows the trail built in 1894. The New Hance Trail developed a reputation similar to that of the original trail, eliciting the following comment from travel writer Burton Homes in 1904 (he did not exaggerate by much):

There may be men who can ride unconcernedly down Hance's Trail, but I confess I am not one of them. My object in descending made it essential that I should live to tell the tale, and therefore, I mustered up sufficient moral courage to dismount and scramble down the steepest and most awful sections of the path on foot .... "On foot", however, does not express it, but on heels and toes, on hands and knees, and sometimes in the posture assumed by children when they come bumping down the stairs .... The path down which we have turned appears impossible .... The pitch for the first mile is frightful ... and to our dismayed, unaccustomed minds the inclination apparently increases, as if the canyon walls were slowly toppling inwards ....

Hikers and geologists alike will enjoy the colorful rock layers found throughout Red Canyon. These layers are referred to as the Supergroup, and collectively represent hundreds of millions of years of earth's history. Pockets of Supergroup, like those found in Red Canyon, are the last vestiges describing what occurred during the Great Unconformity (the gap of time missing between the Vishnu Schist and Tapeats Sandstone). In Red Canyon, the most immediately apparent layer is the brilliant orange Hakatai Shale, which can be seen throughout the area. Across the Colorado River from the campsites at the mouth of Red Canyon the shale features a massive, basalt dyke intrusion. Local outcrops of Bass Limestone, located beneath the Hakatai Shale, contain bulbous stramatolites (1.2 million year old bacterial mats), which are some of the oldest fossils in the world.

The New Hance Trail is one of the oldest and supposedly most difficult trails leading to the Colorado River from the south rim. At 7.0 miles, (per our GPS), it is the shortest of the backcountry trails to the river and descends roughly 4,500 feet. While the South Kaibab Trail is a 1/2 mile shorter, it is considered a corridor trail and in much better condition. In summary, this trail has two very steep sections. The first is right at the top on the way to Red Canyon and the second is at the 4,900 foot point. In between is a treacherous traverse just before a large rock slide. Other than that, it's a snap! (smile) Our group consisted of 6 people, (myself, Carolyn, Doug, Craig, Brad and Diane), and we were taking this trail as the part of a 3-day car shuttle hike encompassing the New Hance, Tonto, and Grandview Trails. The total loop ended up being 20 miles, including a side trip to the cave on horseshoe Mesa, and took 17 hours of actual hiking time. On the way to the Grand Canyon the day before, our group decided to stop in Flagstaff at a Popular Store to purchase a few ponchos as the weather forecast had deteriorated to temperatures in the low 40's with rain and high winds at a steady 23 mph. We asked the hiking veteran at the counter, whom had been down this trail before, what the hike would be like given those conditions. After pausing for several moments to search him memory, he replied, "It will be epic". While we didn't have to contend with any rain on the morning of the hike, it was a chilly 41 degrees with high winds and his words were echoing in our minds as we started out at 7:10 on a Thursday morning. Early on, we experienced a brief period of snow flurries. We also had some concerns as one of our party, Diane, had been sick the entire night before. The New Hance Trail winds through the pinyon-juniper trees for .2 miles before heading down into the canyon, and I do mean "down". The trail is extremely steep and full of scree. While it is not difficult to follow, it requires many large downward steps which, even with hiking poles, are hard on the knees and test one's balancing skills with a 45-pound pack. We all took our time and were extremely careful where we placed our feet and poles. This made for very slow going and I had concerns that we would be able to reach the New Hance Rapids within the 6 hours we had been told to expect. At one point, I remember looking at the GPS and noting that it had taken us an hour to cover .6 miles. It took us a full 2-1/2 hours to make it to the head or Red Canyon which was only 1.6 miles into the hike. On the positive side, we had dropped 1,100 feet which put us at roughly a quarter of the 4,500 total elevation drop. I had previously been told that "elevation" is a better measure of progress in the canyon than mileage so that provided some comfort. (Otherwise we were going to be hard pressed to make the river by nightfall!)

As we descended down into Red Canyon, the conditions seemed to improve somewhat and our pace improved. Over the course of the next half-hour, our party got spread out and separated somewhat, but we had radios to alleviate any concerns. At this point, we got a call over the radio that Diane was just too uncomfortable with the conditions to continue. (Being up sick most of the night before undoubtedly played a role here.) Doug dropped his pack and headed back up the trail with the idea being that he'd carry her pack back down to our position. We thought that we would then split her pack amongst the rest of us so as to lighten her load and make her balancing easier. In this fashion, we thought we could still make our destination as a group. However, discretion got the better part of valor and Brad and Diane elected to abort and head back out and home to Phoenix which was a wise move. One always has to know one's limits. Brad jettisoned most of their liquids, (pouring out all of that merlot had to hurt), and took a good deal of Diane's pack weight and they were able to exit the trail in less time than it took them to get down in the first place.

The remaining four of us continued down Red Canyon basically following the drainage. At the 5,100 mark, this drainage "cliffs out" and the trail tuns sharply to the right along the canyon's edge. While not as steep as before, the footing along this traverse was poor and the trail was very exposed in spots. A slip would have resulted in serious injury. At the 4,900 mark, the trails enters a small half bowl and crosses a large rock avalanche area as it continues its traverse. We lost and re-found the trail several times through this slide area. While the footing isn't nearly as bad around the rock slide area, the trail climbs up and down several hundred feet which makes this terrain somewhat taxing. We stopped for lunch just before the next scheduled steep descent at the 4,900-foot mark. (This spot is just left of the "B" in BM 4949 on the topo map.) This was right at the 4-mile mark of the trip and it had taken us approximately 4 1/2 hours to get here. The next descent, while steep and scree filled, wasn't nearly as bad as the previous descents because it was not as exposed. A slip, (and Carolyn had a few), would merely bruise your bum or land your hand in an agave. After the 4,300 point, (BM 4286 on the topo), the trail begins a much more gradual descent down the ridge. By now, the skies had cleared out and it was a sunny 75 degrees. From this point it was all down hill as the nasty part of the trail was now all behind us. The final 1,800 feet are much more gradual and follow the drainage down the remainder of Red Canyon to the river. Just before point BM 3668 on the topo, the trail turns sharply right and crosses a drainage merging in from the east. This drainage had several high and dry waterfalls which we crossed well above before heading back south and continuing along Red Canyon. As we got closer to the river, the trail dropped down into the sandy creek bed which had much foliage throughout. The trail left the dry creek bed and up the east side of wash a few times but one could safely have stayed in creek bed as it never cliffed out. We finally emerged at Hance Rapids at 2:10 in the afternoon which made for a 7-hour trek. There were several prime camp spots east of the rapids but several groups already took them. We elected to head down river a little ways to another nice sandy spot just below the Tonto Trail which was our goal the next morning.

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2004-05-03 Tim
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Grand Canyon NPS Details
This steep trail involves multiple scrambles and short climbs down as it traverses a series of ledges from the rim to the base of the Coconino. At a grassy saddle, the character of the trail suddenly changes as it plunges into a dry wash through the Supai. Route finding skills are required through the Supai section: a braided network of trails wander in and out of the wash. Any of these trails will take hikers to the top of the Redwall Limestone (Red Canyon Overlook), where it leaves the creek bed and starts a difficult traverse to the east, about one mile in length, through the lower part of the Supai layer. The trail has been obliterated by rockslides in shallow ravines through which the trail meanders during this traverse. A knob at the top of the Redwall Limestone marks the top of the descent.

Once through the Redwall, the trail runs down the nose of a rounded ridgeline that parallels the creek bed far below. Though the terrain appears gentle from above, don't be deceived: the trail angles down sharply with very few switchbacks until the crumbly rock layers allow access into the bottom of Red Canyon. It is very easy in this stretch to lose footing by slipping on the loose rocks.

From the intersection with the creek bed to the Colorado River the dry creek bottom is the trail, with minor spur trails bypassing short pour-offs in a few places (all bypasses are on the east side of the creek). The creek bed terrain is a mix of gravel and boulders. A few yards before reaching the river, the Tonto Trail heading west intersects the New Hance Trail at the base of a large sand dune. The Escalante Route begins at the east side of the camping area. Both intersections are unmarked and can be difficult to find.

Important Notes The New Hance Trail lies within a primitive use area and is thus recommended only for highly experienced canyon hikers. It is not maintained and may be the most difficult established trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Start early whether hiking up or down on this trail, as it is very steep and involves scrambling and route finding. Minimize the time you spend on the dunes and help protect this environment by camping on the east side of Red Canyon. When at the beach urinate directly into the river to prevent the build-up of nitrate smells. Feces must be buried in soil, not in sand, to prevent contamination of beaches and water sources. All toilet paper must be packed out.

Water Sources: The Colorado River is the only reliable water source in the Red Canyon vicinity. In cooler seasons, water may be found in pools just north of where the trail meets the bed of Red Canyon. The water comes from ephemeral springs further up creek. Water from the Colorado River may have to settle for hours before you are able to treat or filter it.

Campsites: The best option for camping along the New Hance Trail is at the river on the east side of Red Canyon in a mesquite patch. Camping on the dunes is not a good idea as the dune vegetation is fragile. Please minimize the time you spend on the dunes and do your best to stay on the trail even though it is hard to follow across the top of the dunes. Few other campsites appear along the trail. The best of these sites are at the base and top of the Redwall Limestone. These are dry camps. The rest of the terrain is extremely steep and offers little to no camping opportunities. All camping areas along the New Hance Trail are in the Red Canyon Use Area (BD9).

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Most recent of 38 deeper Triplog Reviews
New Hance Trail
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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?

New Hance Trail
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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!

Some yellow here and there in the drainages.
New Hance Trail
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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!
New Hance Trail
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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
New Hance Trail
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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) :)
New Hance Trail
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Tonto-New Hance-Grandview
My hats off to Denny for putting this together. When you try to assemble a larger group, it's like herding turtles. (A job he's highly qualified to do)
He was busy arranging a shuttle up until 10 minutes before he went to bed.

Denny's on a mission to complete the entire Tonto Trail. With this section, I've completed the Tanner to Hermit portion with him.

We started on the New Hance Trail at 8am on a chilly morning. It didn't take long to warm up though. New Hance is one steep uneven mutha. My knees were barking up a storm. I would have lost the bet if someone would have told me that you actually gain 400' of AEG while going down this one. Staying upright and taking in the views while hiking, becomes tough on this one.
This section was slower going than we expected. It was 7 miles to the river.
:next: ... 8bIU

We ate lunch at the New Hance Rapids in front of a clear flowing Colorado River.
:next: ... 2eDI

Next we were on the Tonto Trail, We'd be on this for 10 miles. It got a little warm on a short portion by the river, but then the clouds and breeze came back and it was perfect. I really enjoyed this section of the Tonto.
We all topped off our water at New Hance Creek for the slog out.

Now on Grandview Trail, the fun begins. It was slow going for me. I was gassed. I had about an hour with the headlamp on to finish.

Denny, thanks for setting this up, driving and arranging for perfect weather.
Good hiking with Dave and Preston again.
Great meeting Hippy's Friend Frank.
We had some interesting conversations.
New Hance Trail
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This is a gorgeous hike. I've enjoyed it in the past as a backpacking trip. I just went down a short distance, looking at my GPS to make sure I went at least 1,000 vertical feet down. This put me in the bottom of the drainage next to a trail that goes to a saddle by Coronado Butte.

GPS route for this was all messed up. I worked on it but had to eliminate it in one direction. The GPS gets a bad signal down there. It makes spaghetti, with meatballs.

Anyway, I was at the Canyon today for another reason (dropping off a permit application for October) and decided to hike down the New Hance Trail, also known as Red Canyon Trail. There were no cars in the few spaces along the highway for the trail, and there was no one on the trail.

I had decided to hike down about 1,000 vertical feet. From the mangled GPS route, it seems like I hiked more than one mile down. It is very, very steep. I'd been down it once before, in 1994. And I'd been up it once before, in 2011. Both times carrying a heavy backpack. This was fun because I had no agenda, just go down a bit, and hike back up again.

Incidentally, there was no one else at the BCO dropping off permit apps, but I tell you what, I couldn't fax it to save my life. Nothing but a busy signal.
New Hance Trail
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Brahma gave me the summit itch. So naturally I was very happy to get an invite from Bob P to knock out another G.C. summit on Sunday.

Coronado is certainly not the most difficult summit to reach in the Grand Canyon, however, its definitely one worthy of visiting. The hike in was pretty straight forward, although, a year ago I would not have described it the same way. Our paths diverged at Gully #1 which offered a pretty standard class three scramble to the top and probably some four after that. Dave and Bob headed up one, while myself, Joe and JJ headed for gully #3 which supposedly offered a 40 foot class four to start your ascent. While we were unsure about the 40 foot part, it certainly did offer a couple of challenging shelves to navigate during the early portions of the ascent. The last shelf did give me a little problems, its funny the things that get to your nerves vs. the things that don't bother you at all. JJ however, said he was 99 percent confident he could do it. He guessed right and luckily avoided that one percent area of doubt. Seeing JJ do it was all I needed and I was up and over with a nice assist from him at the top. The little ledge was deceptively tough. From a slanted platform you have to use minimal holds to pull yourself up onto another slanted platform, while blocking out the prospect of what I think most of us agreed would be a pretty devastating fall. Joe agreed with all of the above, so we took an extra minute and ran a rope for a little added safety and Joe was right up. No need to say who carried the rope there and back again ;)

The Summit was great, in fact, a little history in those registers, definitely worth a visit. The views were tremendous and we enjoyed our quick stay. The hike back was pretty standard. I got to meet my nemesis New Hance again and it was not near as bad as with a full pack, however, definitely still the last man out in that group.

In the end it was a really nice hike and a rewarding summit. I was very happy to cross this one off my list, hope to tackle another one soon.

Loose Ends
It was nice getting out with the varsity squad for a hike. I was able to bug Dave about the JMT and pack-rafting for nearly two straight hours, I lined up a potential Cheops run and I was introduced to the Del Taco experience for the first time. Thanks to JJ for driving which enabled me to knock out some much over-due grading and a special thanks to Joe and Dave for allowing my boots to ride in the car on the way home ;)
New Hance Trail
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Fresh off our first trip into the canyon last fall- my friends and I could not resist the urge to plan another! This time BJ, Shep, and I descended the New Hance trail- a painful knee-buster! We ran into a couple large groups at Hance Rapids where we spent our first night and witnessed kayaks running the rapids. Beautiful beach-side spot to appreciate the river in all it's glory. The next day it was on to the Tonto heading west, where we ran into our first bout of rain. Sporadic at first and windy, it didn't bother us much. Second night was also busy at Hance Creek. Plenty of water and a great side excursion up the canyon. The wind that night was intense, knocking our tents around, but not too much rain. On our third day we made our way around to the beautiful Page Spring and loaded up on water for the excruciating trek upwards to our last camp on Horseshoe Mesa. After setting up amidst bouts of rain, we headed off to Cave of the Domes. What an adventure exploring a real cave for the first time! On the way back the real rain hit, and throughout the evening all night... Grandview Trail up the next day to our bike-shuttle.

Wonderful journey. The magic of the canyon once again cannot be described in words. The intense weather only added to the mystique- views of cloud formations and rain constantly filtering our views and perception of light, shadow, contrast, color, and depth. Cannot wait until we are lucky enough again to immerse ourselves in this world.

beautiful and constant display of many wildflowers.
New Hance Trail
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New Hance Grandview Loop
Down New Hance, up Grandview in a dayhike following route. Spectacular if strenuous, daylight is the biggest issue -- try to get past Horseshoe Mesa and onto Grandview Trail by dusk, the rest of the climb is straightforward and can be done with a good light after dusk. Trailfinding is generally not a problem, cairns help a lot, but a couple of spots require close attention. Manage your water carefully -- there is none on the entire Grandview ascend.

Mostly around creeks and bottoms of tributary canyons.

Very few this time of year, making the ones spotted more precious still.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To New Hance Trailhead
Access to this trailhead is from the Grand Canyon Village. This trailhead is unsigned, but not too difficult too find. It lies 13.6 miles east of the Arizona Highway 64 & Village Loop Road intersection. At this point, which is at the bottom of the grade between Buggein Picnic Area and Moran Point, there is a small pull out area which has several “No Parking” signs along its length. There is no parking at the trailhead so one must drop off the majority of your party and all of your backpacks before taking the vehicle to one of the two parking areas and walking back. The first is Moran Point which is 1.2 miles further east. However, I’d recommend parking alongside the fire road which is 0.6 miles west of the trailhead. This dirt road heads south and is gated several hundred yards down, but one can pull off and park anywhere along it.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 240 mi - about 3 hours 53 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 345 mi - about 5 hours 24 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 93.5 mi - about 1 hour 46 mins
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