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Grand Canyon: South Rim-River-South Rim, AZ
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Grand Canyon: South Rim-River-South Rim, AZ 
Grand Canyon: South Rim-River-South Rim, AZ
 
Hiking18.70 Miles 4,642 AEG
Hiking18.70 Miles   8 Hrs   7 Mns   2.56 mph
4,642 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
I thought that I'd head up to the Grand Canyon before the weather starts getting warm, and this week looked like a good time to go up there.

I did the Rim2River2Rim hike by starting at the South Kaibab Th on the South Rim, going down to Phantom Ranch, and then coming back up to the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

It was a bit cold at the start of the hike -- the temperature was probably in the upper 20's, and I had on a stocking cap, gloves, and a jacket. After about a mile and a half I shed the stocking hat, gloves, and jacket and kept them in my backpack for the remainder of the hike. It was almost too warm down by the river, but I managed to survive it. Other than that, the weather was near perfect for a GC hike.

I saw a couple of mule deer in the Bright Angel Trail near the river between the Bright Angel Campground and the Silver Bridge -- one buck and one doe. The doe was in the middle of the trail, probably not more than 20 feet from me, and she just stood there and stared at me. The buck was similarly unconcerned with my presence.

There was a little ice at the upper part of the Bright Angel Trail, and I put my microspikes on for about the last 0.4 miles. In the morning there was next to no ice on the South Kaibab Trail, so no microspikes were needed.

There did not seem to be as many foreign visitors as normal on the south rim. I wonder if this is due at least partly to the coronavirus?
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 Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Cottonwood
 Fauna
 Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Mule Deer
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 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Phantom Ranch  The Battleship
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Wildflowers Observation None
I saw no wildflowers anywhere; fortunately there was plenty of nice scenery to compensate for the lack of wildflowers!
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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