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Grand Canyon Grandview Tonto New Hance L, AZ
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Grand Canyon Grandview Tonto New Hance L, AZ 
Grand Canyon Grandview Tonto New Hance L, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 28 2012
Barrett
Backpack25.60 Miles 6,936 AEG
Backpack25.60 Miles3 Days         
6,936 ft AEG
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1st trip
Left Phoenix before the sunrise and was parked near the New Hance Trailhead by 11:00 am. Proceeded west along 180 5.6 miles to the Grandview Trailhead, where I headed down towards Horseshoe Mesa, making a point of checking out the 4th switchback down where the guy fell 200 feet about a week ago. Had lunch at the awesome backrest rock at the saddle - PB+J on a burrito shell before continuing down to an empty camp. I set up and headed off to the western arm (passing some Desert Hares who let me get within 8 feet) where I cooked dinner (Mountain House Lasagna-Yum) and settled in for the sunset. Incredible 270 degree views of both sunset and full moon rise, warm with just enough breeze to keep the bugs off. An increasingly brave mouse was rewarded with a tiny piece of dropped lasagna and made his video debut as well. Walked back the easy sections by moonlight. Perfection. 11 miles total, 2125 feet elevation down.
Day two began with a hike down the vertiginous Miners Spring Trail, where I drank 48 oz's while UV sterilizing another 130 oz's for the pack. The 7.9 miles and 2370 elevation down to Hance Rapids was mostly in full sun, and I burned through every drop of water before enjoying the Colorado's cold embrace. The entire area is sand, which may be soft to sleep on, but the numerous bumps I now have would seem to indicate sand fleas. At least they don't itch. Another evening show of sunset and moonrise over the rim (I planned the trip based on this) could not have been scripted better.
Day three started with a breakfast of granola cereal with water and vanilla protein powder as a milk substitute. Hot oatmeal may be nice when your cold, but in warm weather the ease of preparation cannot be beat. The sun had not yet risen as I headed up Red Canyon on the New Hance for the easy first 2 miles. As soon as I left the streambed and headed up the slope I could tell this was not well traveled. Sections were overgrown and faint, with rockslides taking out other sections entirely. The color of Red Canyon is an amazing intense red, and once again I was blown away with the many faces of Grand Canyon geology. The section that zig-zags up throught the Redwall is steep, loose, and not lacking exposure. There a few nice camps when you reach the plateau, with great views and some O.K. shade, before you head back into Red Canyons bottom again, now heavily wooded, slow going, but nicely shaded. The last section up to the rim is really steep; I'm really glad I chose to loop in the direction that I did, as looking down where I had just hiked up did not look inviting in the least.
Going up the New Hance (7 miles of mostly rough trail and 4500 feet gain - didn't see a soul all day)is a workout. It would have been easier in cooler weather, as I drank all 160 oz's of my water (including 64 oz's of my Cytomax/Gatorade/Whey Protein blend), and was still thirsty for another 24 hours.
I was back to my truck 8 1/2 hours after leaving the river, headed to Camper Services for the best $2 shower in the world, and then sitting in my Zero-gravity lounger on a ledge at Yavapai Point sipping a 2011 Red Diamond Malbec out of a protein shake container listening to all of the different languages around me express the universal wonder of this place.
I does not get any better.
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