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Grand Canyon - Inner Gorge - AZT #38Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2011
The_Eagle
Hiking24.14 Miles 6,878 AEG
Hiking24.14 Miles   10 Hrs   21 Mns   2.73 mph
6,878 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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The Day finally arrived... It seems like Denny has had this in the planning stages for ever.

My First Rim to Rim, and why not attempt to follow up a Rim to Rim, with another the following day... That trip report later.

After a 2am start from the North Valley and a little confusion with the shuttle buses, we were on our way down the South Kaibab Trail at 6:31. The morning sun lit up the canyon casting cool shadows down below. I was in awe of the switchbacks toward the top of this trail and glad I was going down. The rains from the day before kept any possible dust down for the entire hike.

We hit the river in under 2-1/2 hours, Phantom Ranch 15 minutes later, and our Lunch Destination, Ribbon Falls, just before noon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tg5xU4WQA

The climb from the Colorado until NW turn into Roaring Springs Canyon seems pretty gradual. You only gain about 2600' in elevation over that 11 mile stretch. After that it's noticeably steeper gaining 3,300' in elevation on the 5 miles to the rim.

I loved this entire trail, with area from Phantom Ranch, to, and including Ribbon falls very memorable.

Thanks all for making this a special section of the AZ Trail. A huge :thanx: to DENNY for setting this whole thing up, being persistent enough to get us a Cabin on the North Rim : app : , and Driving!!! :wlift:

32 Passages Completed
11 Passages to go

597 Miles Completed
211 Miles to Go
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Roaring Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
I'd say there is more that enough to fill a water bottle... or maybe 1,000,000,000 water bottles.
There are no doubts as to why this is called "Roaring"
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