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2022-04-22  
2022-04-22  
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Schellbach ButteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack34.00 Miles 12,900 AEG
Backpack34.00 Miles3 Days         
12,900 ft AEG
 
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Another summit trip into Grand Canyon. Joel had the permit and offered me a spot which I happily accepted. We met in Flagstaff the night before to coordinate and a few brews. Next morning it was off to South Kaibab Trail around 8am start time.

Down South Kaibab to the start of Utah Flats Route and our access to Phantom Creek. Dropping into Phantom Creek we setup camp. Two of our group arrived about an hour later to round out the 6 in our group. Good night around camp and discussed the next days game plan. Decided 515am start time was best as we had one group of 4 doing Buddha Temple and myself and Lee doing Schellbach Butte.

Next morning, we were off first hopping a ridge between Phantom Creek and Sturdevant Canyon which would be the approach for both summits. The canyon was fun especially as it cuts up and through the Red wall section. Eventually it tops out in the Supai and a saddle between Buddha and Schellbach. At this point the Buddha group foursome of Joel, Shelly, Pernell and Mel headed off for their big day. Lee and I headed for Schellbach Butte.

Nothing too difficult out to Schellbach other than one Supai block to navigate. As for summits Schellbach is not much in prominence but makes up for in views. It was also Lee’s 50th GC summit!! Wedged between the towering Buddha and Isis just across the way to the west it has a good 360 to enjoy. We spent about 40 minutes on the summit before heading back to the saddle.

We exited the same way as the approach and back over the ridge to Phantom Creek. Then up Phantom to Haunted Canyon confluence. In Haunted Canyon we found a use trail with cairned route that was somewhat easy to follow. It runs above the creek and stays out of the brush which made travel much faster. We made it to the spring source of Haunted Canyon and robust one for sure.

There was some ruins Lee wanted to check as well just above the spring area. They were difficult to access but we made it to the base. Great view of the spring area below and whole length of Haunted Canyon. We headed back down and exited on the same use trail back to Phantom Creek.

Back at camp by 530 we waited for the others to return. Unfortunately for them it was not until 9pm but they did successfully summit Buddha. Of course, very tired everyone was happy to be back at camp and eat/rest.

Next morning after yesterday’s long day it was not an early start. Eventually packed up and headed back out Utah Flats Route with quick stop at cantina to fuel up for the hike out. Great trip in the canyon and everyone got a summit!!
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