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Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit TrNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2008
Hiking11.50 Miles 880 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles
880 ft AEG
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11/1/2008 - As part of the Hermit Loop.......
As my best hiking buddy passed away this spring, I was at Monument Creek to return him to his favorite spot in the Canyon, the waterfall at the head of Monument Creek. In planning the trip, I figured that there was no better day to put this great friend to rest than All Saints Day.

Camping on Halloween night at Hermit Creek camp, it was short jaunt over to Monument Creek this morning, with a slight breeze and sweeping views to accompany me along the way. The Tonto is well-used and easy to follow along this stretch.
From Monument Creek camp we day hiked down the narrows to Granite Rapids. We were disappointed to find that the formerly-gorgeous beach at Granite Rapid camp has all but disappeared - I guess in one of the man-made 'floods' the scientists keep trying down there... too bad.
Hiking UPstream from Monument Camp about a mile-an-a-half (remember, to me, all hikes are remembered as about a mile-and-a-half, it could have been two-and-a-half)in the dry creekbed will bring you to a beautiful waterfall replete with ferns and mosses - a memorable place made even more memorable now.

11/2/2008 - From Monument Creek camp we headed east on the Tonto for Indian Gardens, our home for the next two nights. As any of you have hiked the Tonto know, having a breeze AND cloud cover when traversing "The Inferno" (its actual name, look it up) is like hitting the 'daily-double'; well, we hit it.
The trail itself is in terrific shape, but with some signs of recent equine travel - they groove the trail more narrowly than is comfortable for bipeds.
Salt Creek and Horn Creek had some flowing water at the trail crossing.
This stretch of Tonto, with the possible exception of the stretch between BA & S. Kaibab, is some of my favorite hiking.
Before reaching Indian Gardens I tried to brace myself for the onset of the,........ the 'RIM PEOPLE". Try as I might, it's still a shock to come into Indian Gardens after time in the backcountry, but, in this case it was necessary.
"The censorship method ... is that of handing the job over to some frail and erring mortal man, and making him omnipotent on the assumption that his official status will make him infallible and omniscient."
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