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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2016
Tsd906
Hiking6.15 Miles 4,790 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles
4,790 ft AEG
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1st trip
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My goal for this hike was South Kaibab trail to Bright Angel Campground, up Utah Flats Route to Cheops Pyramid, then return via Bright Angel Trail. I recall reading someone on this site saying they'd do this as a day trip (round trip) from Phoenix... :o absolutely insane! (No disrespect intended). I drove up Thursday and truck camped at a site adjacent to Grandview Tower. Woke up a little later than intended (top quilt was way too comfy and warm) and drove to the small parking lot/picnic area on 64 near the entrance to Yaki pt./SKTH. I planned to hike and return to catch the Blue shuttle from BATH to the visitor center and then catch the Orange shuttle to South Kaibab TH. I knew time would be the issue. As I found out later, time and electrolytes would be the issue. I Hit the trail at 6am and it was cool to see all the headlamps heading down the trail. I also quickly found out that I was about 1 minute behind the mule train...made for some careful stepping. :? I made it to the river at 8:30 am, did some photo ops then ate a snack before the ascent to Utah Flats route. The climb to Utah Flats took a bit longer than I had anticipated and I started doing the time calculations in my head, knowing my ascent up BAT would be ~5 hrs. Also, I started feeling cramps in my middle back. As much as it pained me to turn around, I felt it was in my best interest considering the shuttle schedule and now my apparent lack of electrolytes feeling in my back. I returned to Phantom Ranch cafe and enjoyed my $4 lemonade and consumed everything I had that had sodium in it. Restocked on water and headed back across the bridge to the BAT at around 1:30 pm. Hiking up the weather began to turn and it started to rain with thunder and lightning just after Indian Garden. The thunder sounded amazing in the canyon and the rain felt SO good :y: . I hit the top at 6pm with the Blue shuttle bus ready to go. I asked if driver could call to the Orange line at the Visitor's center, but he said he wasn't allowed to do so. He told me, over the bus intercom, that we "should" arrive at 6:39 pm and the Orange line (last bus) would depart at 6:40, and if I "Ran" to the bus the driver would probably wait for me. I told him I probably would NOT be "running". Apparently the entire bus full of tourists found that funny and burst into laughing. :lol: Anyway, I made it on time, with Orange bus driver waiting for me, only passenger and last bus...whew! I'm not sure I would have walked the 5 miles back to my truck if I had missed that bus. I truck camped again and drove home the next morning.

All in all, a great hike. I WILL conquer Cheops, next year now that I learned a few things. I sweat a lot and did not plan accordingly for this hike. Next time, I will bring plenty of electrolyte replacements, and an earlier start. I might also make it an overnight by camping at Phantom Creek (Backcountry) then doing Cheops the next morning.
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