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Phantom Canyon - LowerNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2014
Dave1
Hiking25.30 Miles 7,598 AEG
Hiking25.30 Miles   12 Hrs   53 Mns   2.13 mph
7,598 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
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After a quick carcamp under the flight path of Tusayan International, Todd and I got an early start Sunday morning and were on the South Kaibab by 4:50am. The SK was quite windy in the upper elevations, especially near Ooh Aah point. Almost got blown off trail twice and had to seek refuge for a minute behind a wall. Only saw 4 others on trail.

We arrived at the bowels of the canyon to find there had been a pipeline break and no water available at the "rockhouse" bathroom and cabin users had no showers (oh the huge manatee). Oddly the spigot in front of PR canteen was working though so we tanked up.

We picked up the trail to Phantom Canyon from BACG site #1 and knocked out Piano Alley and Utah(not)Flats and then climbed down into Phantom Canyon. Along the way we ran into two guys who had just spent three days in Phantom, one night at the first camp and two nights at Hippie Camp.

We took a short break at the top of Phantom Falls and then found a nice rope rigged on creek right so fortunately we didn't have to set up our own rope and harnesses. That ended up being the only technical spot in the canyon. Entering here puts you right into ankle deep water and it wasn't long before we hit the first of 4 swims (I'm a wimp so I bypassed 2 of them but the other 2 were mandatory) and it was shockingly cold! After the first narrow part, the canyon opens up for a while and then alternates several times between open and narrow. Lots of negotiating easy down climbs and attempts at skirting pools, trying to stay dry. A really fun trek! I think it took us about 3 hours to go from the down-climb, through the canyon and then to arrive at Bright Angel Creek.

It was a mostly uneventful hike out up the Bright Angel Trail, with some high wind conditions again from the corkscrew until about Indian Garden. Thanks for driving and letting me tag along, Todd!

Grand Canyoneering has this hike listed as 27 miles but I only got 25 when drawn out on route manager, even with an extra trip to the canteen and walking from the TH to the bus stop near the mule barn.
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