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Old Grandview TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 27 2015
John9L
Backpack20.75 Miles 5,800 AEG
Backpack20.75 Miles3 Days         
5,800 ft AEG
 
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We decided to head back to the Grand Canyon for Thanksgiving weekend and got lucky with some Cottonwood Creek permits off the Grandview Trail. We spent three days below the rim and had a sweet hike down the Old Grandview Trail.

We left Phoenix on Friday morning and drove up to the Grand Canyon and started hiking around 11:30am. We made quick time down the Grandview Trail and descended the west side to Cottonwood Creek. We selected a campsite and then spent some time day hiking around the area. We knew it would get dark early so we returned to camp where we ate dinner and hydrated. It was dark by 6pm and got cold soon after. We spent the evening in the tent in our sleeping bags. I have a new zero degree bag and was very comfy throughout the cold night.

Day two started slow for us. We took our time and had breakfast and coffee. We left camp after 10am and headed west on the Tonto for the Old Grandview Trail. The hike was only a few miles and we easily found the large cairn signaling the start. From there we made the descent and were happy to see an established route. As we descended through the Tapeats Break we noticed three guys below us making their way down the route too. We continued on.

The Old Grandview Route has the feel of a roller coaster. It's steep and then levels off and then steep again through a chute followed by a long steep and loose descent through a rockfall ending at the river. The route was a joy and easy to follow. We both took extra special care not to knock any rocks loose because of the group below us. We took our time and eventually reached the beach. The three guys were from Flagstaff and we chatted for a bit. We mostly admired this special place along the river. The views were breathtaking even though you can't see far. We didn't mind.

After our break Claire and I made the climb out. Again we took our time and were very careful with our footing. The going was slow but steady. Both of us made it up no problem. This route was such a joy and I'm glad we spent the time to see it through. Afterward we headed about a mile west to a lookout where we took some pics above the river. From there we returned to camp and settled in for the night.

We woke on day three and broke down camp and filtered more water. From there we made the hike back to the rim. We took a break on Horseshoe Mesa and a few more short breaks along the hike up. The top of the trail was snowy with some ice but was not an issue. We topped out and then made the return to Phoenix with a stop at NiMarco's for some Golden BBQ Wings!

This was another memorable trip to the Grand Canyon. The Old Grandview Route is a lot of fun and is definitely worth checking out. It's quite the ride!
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