Havasu to South Rim Hermit?

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Havasu to South Rim Hermit?

Post by inluvwac » Oct 09 2005 6:01 am

Does anyone know if there is any possible way or trails that connect Havasu Canyon to the Hermit Trailhead on the South Rim? Or is it even dooable? Mileage? I am looking for a monsterous outing sometime in the next 2 years.

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Re: Havasu to South Rim Hermit?

Post by Davis2001r6 » Oct 09 2005 7:25 pm

In response to inluvwac's reply:

I don't think so, if you take the Hemit to the Tonto and head west you can take it for 30-50 miles? or so and end up doing the Royal Arch Loop, the furthest west trail head would be S. Bass. Check-out the royal arch loop and other canyon hikes.

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Post by inluvwac » Oct 09 2005 9:35 pm

I guess I will just have to go to the map store and buy up. I guess it is possible, but I might have to do some nasty, nasty bushwacking and climbing to get off the trail and onto another trail, eh?

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Post by joebartels » Oct 09 2005 9:44 pm

a quick plot on TOPO! says it's 61 miles on the river alone
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Post by inluvwac » Oct 09 2005 10:06 pm

In response to joe bartels' reply:
Sounds like a trip, eh?

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Post by Davis2001r6 » Oct 09 2005 10:14 pm

I don't really think it is possible, considering the Tonto from end to end From the royal arch loop to the west all the way to the Little Colorado to the east covers about 150 miles or so, I think if there was a way, there would be a trail.

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Post by hikeaz » Oct 11 2005 3:25 pm

See if you can find the book "A Man Who Walked Through Time" by Colin Fletcher. In it, he describes the route HE took.
As well, see Bob Marley's (he lives in Black Canyon City now) trip report
http://www.kwagunt.net/gctrek/gctrek1.html.

These two resources should get you started.....
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Post by Trionbry » May 23 2006 6:10 pm

There are no trails, if a off trail route is available your resource to use would be Harvey Butchart's Grand Canyon Treks. However, good luck getting the Tribal Council to grant approval to cross Havasupai Tribal Lands. If they do it will take some time to get an answer. I'm guessing this is because of the shoddy treatment by the government, the National Sierra Club, Natl Park Service, etc. in requiring their ancestral lands. Regardless of motivation, and from my own experience aquiring permission to hike the much more rugged & remote Topocoba Trail from Topocoba Hilltop to the village. they do not work at the same speed you may be accustomed. And a word of warning/extreme caution, if you have never hiked off-trail in the Canyon don't even think about a journey of this length as you should first tackle more established routes of shorter duration off-trail as the Canyon is an unforgiving place to the uninitiated.

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Post by skimrn » Sep 14 2006 1:59 am

Very true about the GC being an unforgiving place but if you stay along the river you don't go onto tribal land so no permission is need just GCNPBC permits.

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Post by azbackpackr » Sep 14 2006 7:45 am

Colin Fletcher's hike was during the period of time just after the building of Glen Canyon Dam. They were filling Lake Powell at that time, so the river was extremely low. It has never been as low since then, which was in 1961 or so. If you read those passages in his book you'll see that he used an air mattress to float down the river where it cliffed out. I am not sure the Park Service still allows this, you'd have to check. They probably wouldn't issue you the permit if they thought you didn't have enough experience, either. They spend an awful lot of money rescuing people every year.

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Post by skimrn » Sep 22 2006 2:34 am

They built the glen canyon dam in 1980?? The cost of your airlift and rescue is paid for by YOURSELF, not NP moneys. And it won't be cheap.

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Post by azbackpackr » Sep 27 2006 2:46 pm

They did not build Glen Canyon Dam in 1980! As I said, it was finished sometime about 1961 or '62. Colin Fletcher's hike (A Man Who Walked Through Time) was also about this time--soon after the dam was completed and the river was very low during this time to fill Lake Powell. His river rafting trip, he wrote about in a different book called, River, was in the early 90's I think, or in about 1989.

However you are most likely right about the rescues being billed to the person who was rescued. However, I don't think this is true ALL the time. I knew someone who was rescued, and she wasn't billed for it. Perhaps it depends upon the nature of the incident. Anyone know the answer to this?

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Post by Hoffmaster » Sep 27 2006 5:33 pm

I'm sure that there is a technical answer to the rescue question. But my guess would be this: If the circumstances that lead to a person needing a recue are out of that persons control, then that person might not be billed. But if they need rescued because they made poor choices, and got themselves into a situation that could have been avoided, well, if it were up to me, I'd send them a bill.

After researching online for a bit, the consensus seems to be that Glen Canyon Dam was officially completed in March of 1963. Where did 1980 come from? I reread the entire forum and could not find a reference to that year. Maybe I missed something.
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Post by Davis2001r6 » Sep 27 2006 7:18 pm

I've wondered about the rescue costs myself. I have seen a few places that say it's the taxpayers picking up the bill and then also a few other places saying it's an expensive bill to pick up if you need a rescue.

Who knows? Anyone know for sure?

I also read something a while back in outdoor or backpacker one of those that if you buy like a $60 membership to some sort of club (don't think it was sierra club but something similar) it included like a lifetime rescue insurance type thing. Wish I could remember where I saw that though.

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Post by PrestonSands » Sep 27 2006 11:14 pm

In response to davis2001r6's reply:
It was in one of this summer's Backpacker issues.
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Post by azbackpackr » Sep 28 2006 6:43 am

Maybe the person just mis-read my post, thought it said 1981, instead of 1961.

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Post by Dschur » Sep 28 2006 8:33 am

In response to davis2001r6's reply: My husbands last Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon someone asked that question to the Ranger that was watching at the North Kaibab. They asked if it is 1000 or 2000 dollars to be rescued out of the canyon and if the person being rescued is charged that. The ranger said that is what they tell people but it isn't true the rescue out of the canyon is on the taxpayers but if you have to fly to a hospital in Flagstaff that is charged to the person and their insurance that is 5000 or so if it is daylight and more if it is at night...
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Post by Davis2001r6 » Sep 28 2006 4:32 pm

Sorry to keep changing the subject, but here is a good article about rescues.

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte ... play/full/

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Re: Havasu to South Rim Hermit?

Post by hikeaz » Mar 23 2010 8:43 am

This thread back from the dead........

I am perusing this area for a trip & see that the Topocoba Trail enters/exits Havasu Canyon via Lees Canyon (this USED to be the main trail to Supai village). Once on the rim it looks as if it's off-trail through sagebrush about 5 miles to Apache Point (although I suspect that there are at least game trails along this stretch.). At Apache Point one would drop down to the Esplanade (see Doug's notes here > (http://www.gloaming.com/rockgarden/GCRo ... Trail.html). Once on the Esplanade this route is cairned all the way to the South Bass intersection (+/- 18 miles) and is shown on most maps.
You may then head down the South Bass Trail and hike the Tonto east to Hermit, or detour down to Royal Arch and then east from Toltec picking up the Tonto @ Garnet and then over to Hermit.

I'd surmise that March would be best for this hike, with the best chance that the Esplanade would hold water in pockets on the Esplanade as well as through the Gems.
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Re: Havasu to South Rim Hermit?

Post by big_load » Mar 23 2010 8:51 am

I don't have a map handy. Does that route cross Supai or Hualapai land? It seems like it would have to.

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