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2014-04-21  
Salt-LCR-Beamer-Tanner Trail, AZ
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Salt-LCR-Beamer-Tanner Trail, AZ 
Salt-LCR-Beamer-Tanner Trail, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 21 2014
BiFrost
Backpack31.04 Miles 8,670 AEG
Backpack31.04 Miles3 Days         
8,670 ft AEG1 Day   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break
 
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Some old hiking friends were visiting from Finland and wanted to show them the Grand Canyon that most tourists don't see so the Salt Trail was good choice. We did the trip as thru hike starting at the Salt Trail and had someone drop us off to avoid the long shuttle. Headed down Salt Trail and followed the cairns as suggested in previous triplogs. The route was pretty easy to follow with only few spots looking around for cairns. We made the LCR by lunch time and then headed over to Big Canyon to check it out. Real nice pools and took a swim before heading back to LCR. Talked to the Game&Fish guys who offered us fresh water which we happily accepted instead of LCR water :yuck: We then continued 3 miles down the LCR enjoying the awesome blue until finding a sandy beach spot for camp.

Next day the main objective was the LCR-Colorado confluence. We made good time and reached the confluence by 930. With time on our side we spent two hours enjoying the confluence and swimming in the relatively warm waters of the LCR. After long break it was down the Beamer Trail to camp at Comanche Creek about 1 mile from our Tanner exit. One issue we had was very strong winds on the Beamer Trail and with some exposed sections it made the traverse sketchy at times. Everyone made it safely thru and happy hour at Comanche:)

Next day we tanked up on water at the Colorado and headed out Tanner Trail for the rim. First time up Tanner and really enjoyed the views and quality of the trail. Only downside was the tourist mob scene at the TH. Cars backed up and tour buses but I guess that is the South Rim. Great trip and fortunate to see the LCR so blue and Colorado very green :D
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