|Grand Canyon - Horseshoe Mesa Loop, AZ|
|Grand Canyon - Horseshoe Mesa Loop, AZ|| |
Grand Canyon - Horseshoe Mesa Loop, AZ
|Hiking||13.20 Miles|| 7 Hrs 52 Mns ||2.14 mph|
|4,067 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 42 Mns Break|
|I had not been to the Grand Canyon since last winter, and I decided to do a hike that I had done before -- a loop hike around Horseshoe Mesa. |
We started from the Grandview TH and descended down to Horseshoe Mesa. The descent was slower for me than it would have been on any of the corridor trails. I do like the Grandview Trail better than the corridor trails, even though I no doubt won't get as many social media "likes" for being outside the corridor.
Once on Horseshoe Mesa we took a break next to the old miner's stone dining hall. We then continued on the Grandview Trail to the west side of Horseshoe Mesa, and followed the trail down to the Tonto Trail. Along the way I missed a turn down toward the Tonto, and I went 1/4 mile, if not more, before finding my mistake. So that probably added 1/2 mile or so to the hike. It was a bit of slippery descent down to the Tonto, so we took our time.
It was a nice hike on the Tonto down below the north and east sides of Horseshoe Mesa. We saw 3 bighorn sheep along the Tonto, on the NE side of Horseshoe Mesa. We went back up to Horseshoe Mesa on the trail that goes past Page Spring. This was a fun climb, and I was glad to be going up instead of down. Once back on Horseshoe Mesa we stopped for a lunch break before making the steep climb back to the TH on the Grandview Trail.
This was a good hike and is one that I hope to do again!
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|