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First Rim to Rim Including the Ribbons, AZ
mini location map2020-09-26
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First Rim to Rim Including the Ribbons, AZ 
First Rim to Rim Including the Ribbons, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
mikemcg
Hiking26.38 Miles 6,054 AEG
Hiking26.38 Miles   16 Hrs   35 Mns   1.83 mph
6,054 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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First Rim to Rim experience! I've been in AZ for 5 years now, and hadn't visited the Grand Canyon at all since moving here (other than my Havasupai trip last December). We parked at the South Rim. Route 64 and the Rim to Rim shuttle are shut down due to COVID-19, so we arranged a ride with a local gentleman from the South Rim to the North Rim, using local roads so it took about 3 hours to get there.

We stayed in Jacob Lake overnight and began our adventure around 6am. The temperature was 54゚ at the start. We spent a lot of time admiring the views on the descent, so the first 5-6 miles were very easygoing. We observed Roaring Springs from a distance, but decided not to go there. It warmed up considerably to the mid 90s by the time we got to the Ribbon Falls turnoff. The bridge to Ribbon Falls was closed, so we crossed the creek near the bridge. First we climbed up the canyon wall and made our way to Upper Ribbon Falls. We were pretty warm by the time we got to the falls, so the freezing water felt quite refreshing. We spent about a half hour there. Next we retraced our steps, climbed back down, and made our way to Lower Ribbon Falls. We spent about a half hour there enjoying the beautiful falls, taking pictures, and attempting to tolerate the ice cold water. There were at least 4 other groups at Lower Ribbon Falls. Finally we made our way back to North Kaibab trail.

The journey from there to Phantom Ranch was fairly uneventful except for the beautiful views of the creek and cascades along the way. We averaged about 17-18 minutes per mile along this stretch. We were ready for a break by the time we reached Phantom ranch, so we spent an hour there slamming lemonades, eating, and relaxing. I had 3-4 lemonades, which were probably too many in retrospect.

We then spent some time overlooking the magnificent Colorado River before making our way up Bright Angel Trail. Our progress was slower at this point, as blisters were limiting our walking speed. We met a number of other groups along Bright Angel Trail and had plenty of interesting conversations before we finally reached the trailhead and headed home.

Overall, everyone had a great time. The views were incredible throughout. The temperatures started in the mid 50s, but reached 100 at the bottom of the canyon. We enjoyed both Upper and Lower Ribbon falls. The Colorado River looked low but was quite impressive. Definitely will do again!
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