On the previous day I did the standard SK-BA loop and wanted another moderate hike before heading back to Phoenix. I chose the Grandview Trail because I wanted to complete the section of Tonto that makes a half loop around Horseshoe Mesa. I was on the east side near Hance Creek a month ago and decided I wanted to continue hiking from that point.
I arrived at Grandview around 7am and was off on the hike. I made relatively quick time down the Grandview Trail and then proceeded towards Page Spring to the east. I chatted it up with a few different backpacking groups along my hike to the Tonto. Once I hit the Tonto it was a bit eery how quiet it was. There were literally hundreds of people on the corridor trails the day before. I did not see a soul along this portion of the Tonto.
The hiking along this section of Tonto makes for quick travel. You hike along the top of the Tapeats on relatively flat trail. The route is very well traveled and easy to follow. I wanted to detour to some viewpoints over the river but I was running low on energy and wanted to save it for the hike out Grandview.
I continued on the loop and arrived at Cottonwood Camp. There was a good amount of water flowing and lots of nice campsites to choose from. I am going to return here in the near future. From there I started making my way back up to Horseshoe Mesa. My pace slowed but I made it back to the Mesa without too much struggle. Once I was back on Horseshoe Mesa I took a short lunch break and then grinded out the rest of the trail back to the rim.
This was my third trip to the canyon in five weeks and I have a feeling I am going to be back soon. The Grand Canyon is such a magical place and I just can't get enough. I'm obsessed! I have a problem and I'm not going to get help!