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15 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking16.20 Miles 4,523 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   11 Hrs   26 Mns   1.62 mph
4,523 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break
 
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Celina has been wanting to do a hike in the Grand Canyon for years now, and we finally made it happen. Got started at 0500, temps at 36 degrees, and snowing like crazy, but luckily not much wind as soon as we dropped below the rim. Somewhat heavy snow for the first two miles, then light snow and graupel for the next mile. Talked to a guy at the three mile rest house who had spent a very cold night huddled in the stone building due to overestimating his hiking abilities the day prior. He was in a surprisingly good mood, considering his circumstances.

Finally got to the river at Pipe Creek Beach around 1030. Celina wanted to continue to Phantom Ranch, but I talked her out of it, telling her that at the pace she was currently going, she was already looking at a 5pm finish and adding on Phantom would have her finishing in the dark. She wasn’t thrilled, but knew I was not going to Phantom, so we headed back uphill after a nice break.

As expected, slow but steady pace back uphill. Celina was running out of steam after Indian Garden but she kept moving. The final three miles were her toughest, and she agreed that skipping Phantom was the right call. We finished up shortly after 1630 and the rim was only two degrees warmer than when we had started. I don’t think temps exceeded 60 for us at all throughout the hike. Overall a gorgeous weather day, and there were far less people on the trail, even at the top, than I expected to see on a Sunday.
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