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Cape SolitudeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 08 2014
Lucyan
Backpack30.00 Miles 3,851 AEG
Backpack30.00 Miles2 Days         
3,851 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Distance: Difficult (30+ miles RT)
Elevation: Difficult (>3000ft AEG)
Wilderness: Difficult (no water, no cover)

The Cape Solitude Trail is an abandoned jeep road that starts at the Desert View Ranger Station.
After the trailhead you will need to hike approximately 15 miles to Cape Solitude. Permits needs to be obtained ahead of time from the Grand Canyon backcountry office.
The trail is mostly flat, but you will gain some elevation hiking over the hills.

Cape Solitude has arguably the best views of the grand canyon above the rim, it also doesn't have any water sources so come prepare. I carried 5 liters for myself which was just enough. The weather was very nice, sunny but mild temperatures (60-70F) during the day, chilly at night (Friday night around 15, Saturday in upper 30's).

The views of the confluence of the Colorado River and Little Colorado River from high above at Cape Solitude are impressive. Just a few hundred yards before reaching Cape Solitude is another fine area for looking down the Colorado River toward Palisades Creek and Tanner Rapids.

This is one of those trips when you hate the trail because is long and boring but once you reach your destination, you know it was well worth it. The views are breathtaking for sure. Colorado river and LCR were both running clean. You really get feeling of solitude up there which is very rare.
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