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Phantom Canyon - LowerNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 04 2017
BiFrost
Backpack35.05 Miles 12,232 AEG
Backpack35.05 Miles
12,232 ft AEG
 
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Another great trip in the Grand Canyon. Kathy had never been on the Utah Flats Route and wanted to do Phantom Creek to the Bright Angel confluence. We headed down South Kaibab Trail kind of late about noon and of course very warm especially once reaching the river. With temps pushing 100 we headed for the Phantom Ranch cantina getting there around 3pm and got some beverages to cool off. We waited until about 430 all the while hydrating and filling up water bags for planned dry camp at Utah Flats.

Fortunately by the time we started up Utah Flats route we had shade all the way up past Piano Alley and to the flats. Dropped packs and looked for good spot in the large rocky bowl. Great night out on the flats with clear skies lots of stars and a half moon.

Next morning it was off to finish the route over to Phantom Canyon drop in. The route passes under Cheops Plateau and Isis Temple with great views of both along the entire route. Eventually it drops 600 feet on the final descent into Phantom Canyon. The creek was flowing strong so we knew plenty of swimming opportunities were ahead but first we had to get down the rope waterfall bypass. It’s about 20 feet and there was good rope in place with knots for grip. I down climbed first, then Kathy lowered packs and then she climbed down doing her first real back country rappel/down climb :y: Took a few minutes to organize and enjoy the cool waterfall we just bypassed before heading down stream. We took our time the next 5 hours enjoying pool after pool of Phantom Creek. There is a section about half way down canyon ¾ mile long that has the best pools and rock slabs on the entire length. You could easily spend all day just in this section pool hopping and lounging. We took a long break before continuing on to Bright Angel confluence.

Back out at Bright Angel confluence we crossed and jumped on North Kaibab Trail and back to Phantom Ranch for more beverages and cool off in the cantina. We checked if there were any last minute cancellations for one of the cabins but nothing was free. We had a permit for Clear Creek as backup plan so we waited until 430 again, hydrated, and then headed up Clear Creek trail to find camp. I had been up this trail with @John9L and @friendofThundergod and camped at Sumner Wash so decided to camp there again about 2.5 miles from Phantom Ranch. Great spot on some rock ledges just above the wash and underneath the shadow of Zoroaster Temple. Overcast so we didn’t get the starry night of the previous night but awesome spot regardless.

Next morning it was back out Clear Creek Trail which is as advertised great views, nice trail grade and cool traverse high above the Colorado River. Once back down Clear Creek Trail passed by Phantom Ranch again and then the slog up South Kaibab Trail to the top. Cool long weekend and Kathy finally got to see Utah Flats and Phantom Canyon as well as seeing Cheops and Isis Temple closer up!!
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