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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2012
Dave1
Hiking18.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles
4,500 ft AEG
 
Down Bright Angel to Plateau Point. Using info from Wayne Tomasi's book, I cut across the Tonto platform to Lone Pine Canyon (after first going down the wrong canyon and getting cliffed out) and down (maybe a few hundred yards) until the bottom of the Tapeats layer. Followed the Tapeats heading east, under Plateau Point and eventually meeting the BA trail again. Saw some ruins right before I hit BA. Also spotted a condor under PP. Lots of paw prints along the Tapeats route, small, maybe a bobcat?

Went down BA past the grotto and down the next long switchback. From there I picked up a section of the Old Bright Angel Trail and followed that up to the Tonto Trail. This section is shown on the Trails Illustrated maps but isn't always easy to follow. Disappears and re-appears several times but stays close to the creekbed. After a while I decided to climb up to the Tapeats layer where I found another trail and more ruins.

Followed the Tonto east to just shy of the South Kaibab Trail where I used sgtoddball's GPS track to get up on top of the Redwall, skipping the Kaibab switchbacks. I have to say from the bottom looking up, the route didn't look doable and looked like it was going to get scary near the top. However, once I got closer to the redwall everything worked out great. Only saw one person on the Kaibab Trail and a raven carrying a Chinese food box with his beak!

Perfect weather! The sun stays low this time of year and the south rim provided shade for most of the day. Drank 1.5 out of 5 liters
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