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Oct 24 2020
kyleGChiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   49 Hrs   56 Mns   1.19 mph
11,000 ft AEG   12 Hrs   33 Mns Break45 LBS Pack
 
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After previously backpacking every mile of trails/routes on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, I decided it was time to complete Rim to Rim! :y: I got a permit for my last choice weekend, October 24-26, and backpacked across the North Kaibab/Bright Angel route.

Along for the trip were my parents, two siblings, and my brother's girlfriend (a total of six people). For some strange reason, NPS gave us a permit for 7 people, stating in an email that we had miscalculated the total fee for the permit, and they would be charging us for 7 people. Even after calling to make sure they knew we only had 6 people, they refused to update the permit or give a refund for the 7th person that didn't go along on the trip! Oh well...I guess it all worked out fine because we got to camp at the nice group sites. :lol:

We found a friend on Facebook (lives in Page) who was willing to be our shuttle driver from South to North since the normal shuttles aren't running this year. After being dropped off, and after enjoying our sandwiches on the rim before the hike, we realized we forgot our pot and fuel at home! :o Apparently, somewhere along the way, there was a miscommunication in who was taking what. :shaggy: Sure enough, when we got home, there was our 4-liter pot and 16 oz. of fuel, sitting right next to the fish bowl! ](*,) Well, after talking through the options, we decided that since we were on corridor trails, we would be able to find sufficient kind hikers from whom we could buy/bribe/borrow some fuel. A kind man on the rim overheard our plight and gave us his stainless steel doggy bowl to use as a makeshift pot. It only held 2.5 cups, but we were grateful nonetheless. To finish out this story, at Cottonwood campground, I finally found someone who had some extra fuel, so I borrowed their canister for our dinner (they refused to accept payment). Our breakfast was cold-soaked oatmeal, which rehydrated quite well overnight. On the trail the next day, we met some backpackers who were from Chicago and had some extra fuel. They couldn't take it with them on the plane anyway, so they were happy to give it to us. We're thankful for the kindness of our fellow backpackers and hope we have a chance to help someone out similarly some day. :)

The North Kaibab trail itself is a very nice trail, quite smooth and gradual. The 5,000+ feet of descent really seems to go by quite quickly, and in no time, we were at Cottonwood campground! We enjoyed the amazing stargazing both in the evening, and early the next morning before the sun rose. In addition to identifying numerous stars and constellations, we also spotted Saturn and Jupiter. I tried my hand at some night sky photography, and was quite pleased with the results (I'm writing this at work while I wait for a test to run...will probably have a photoset uploaded sometime late this evening or tomorrow afternoon for you all to enjoy). The next day was a long day from Cottonwood to Indian Gardens, and especially being in a group of six, we move pretty slowly (due to the nature of group dynamics, not any particular person). We woke up at 4:45, and got out of shortly after first light. About half-way from Cottonwood to Phantom Ranch, we came across a group of 7 bighorn sheep drinking water from Bright Angel Creek. Apparently, they decided to move on, and we watched in amazement as they climbed over 200 ft high overhead on very steep (almost vertical) terrain. Within minutes, they had ascended easily 200 ft. but we continued watching for another half hour or so, as they were so interesting to watch. Eventually they got beyond the ridgeline and we couldn't see them any longer. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

We spent a bit of time at the beach along the Colorado River before climbing up the Bright Angel trail. The highlight there was watching 2 kayaks, 3 rafts, and a dory boat run the small rapids there (the dory looked like a replica of the Bass boat at Bass beach in the Western Grand Canyon).

That night, at Indian Gardens, the temperatures dropped substantially and the wind was very strong. Forecasts posted at Phantom Ranch indicated gusts around 25 mph, and I felt like at Indian Gardens, they were even stronger. We secured our tents with several guy lines to large rocks, and they did fine. The rangers also warned us of a potential 1/2 inch snow at Indian Gardens and up to 5 inches on the South Rim. Thankfully, the weathermen were wrong ( :app: ), and we got no precipitation to speak of (maybe a grand total of 10 or 20 rain drops on the tent :lol: ). As usually happens when a cold front moves in, the next day was gorgeous, with blue sky and good visibility, albeit just a little cold. When we left camp, it was right around 40, and the temperature slowly dropped all day, until it was just below freezing for the last couple miles of hiking. Driving home through Flagstaff, the temps dropped as low as 24.

Overall, this was a great trip. Everything worked out OK, even though we forgot our pot and fuel (we still had the stove and utensils, so it could have been much worse!). The North Kaibab trail in particular was extremely busy. Just to give you an idea, we talked to a ranger at Indian Gardens who said that the Grand Canyon's previous record for rim-to-rim day-hikers was 1200 in one day. She said they exceeded 2000 rim-to-rim day-hikers on October 24th this year. It felt like someone was going past about every minute in one direction or the other. It was crazy! I now remember why I've done so much wilderness hiking in the Grand Canyon in the past...the crowds simply aren't there. I'm thinking back to when we did South Bass to Boucher, and saw only 1 person in 7 days (except for a few people on the top of the Hermit trail going out). Or the Royal Arch Route where we saw no one for 6 days. I've done Rim to Rim now, just to say that I've done it, but I can assure you my next Rim to Rim will be something like Nankoweep to Tanner or North Bass to South Bass. That'll be far more enjoyable.
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Some aspen, cottonwood, and oak (though most aspen were past their peak).

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Oct 03 2020
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
mt98dew
Hiking23.90 Miles 5,790 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles   12 Hrs      1.99 mph
5,790 ft AEG
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Another year older, another step slower. Met up with my sister to relive and redo last years R2R adventure and to celebrate turning an anticlimactic 51. This is only the second time doing R2R so it is a bit premature to call it an annual event, but so far it has been a family event. Got a cabin with wife and mom on the north rim. Didn't get up there until after 7 and situated around 9 which translated into about 3 hours of sleep. Started down with my sisters from North Kaibab around 1am. Strange: temperatures seemed much cooler at the TH than at the cabins which were only a mile away. Started off in the dark with headlights glaring. With a near full moon I would have preferred to use the red lights, but my sisters desired the comfort of being a "walking light tower". We nearly blinded a deer off a cliff during our descent. Poor guy didn't know which way to go when ours beams illuminated his movement through the brush.

We hit the box about the same time as last year, just as the sun was cresting in the east. One of my favorite sections of the hike. Great respite from the knee pounding descent and the upcoming leg fatiguing, lung burning ascent. Love how the light plays with the inner walls of the canyon, the murmuring and sometime roaring of Bright Angel Creek, and the bridges and rockwork of bygone generations that created this "highway" into this wonderland. Thought we were making decent time, but didn't get to Phantom Ranch until 8am.

Took the BA bridge across the Colorado. One sister was a little concerned, because a few weeks earlier the bridge had been closed for maintenance.....we made it across safely :) . I am thinking next year we'll be able to rock hop across the Colorado. The river really looked low. :( Really enjoyed the Devils Corrkscrew. It interacts well with the terrain with good elevation change. Lost part of the experience talking politics with one my sisters. Surprisingly enjoyable seeing as how we come from opposite sides of the aisle. My other sister, wisely kept silent, enjoying the views and saving her breath for final push. That being said, in my mind, the Corkscrew went by pretty fast.

Watered up at Indian Gardens. Bystanders be ware! Those spigots provide more of a spray than a stream. More water sprayed the surrounding area than actually went into the bottle. However, no one was complaining about the unexpected shower. The climb out on BA was the expected grind. Pace wasn't as good as I've would have liked but we made it out with only a handful of breaks and not feeling totally dead to the world....only slightly. About .5 miles from the top we were met by a couple of family members (Justin and Nathan, my sisters husband and son) and at the top we were met by my wife, mom and a few other family members as well as an ice cold Mountain Dew :D

Pretty awesome experience!! Already talks for next year :) Can't thank my family enough for how they have supported and shared in this love affair with nature. Wife and mom, especially deserve kudos. :app: They dropped us off at the north rim and then, after a few hours sleep, had to drive all the way through Flagstaff and enter the Park through Tusayan...a 5 1/2 hour drive!. The east entrance (from Cameron) is closed because of the Coronavirus.

Other notes....counted 42!!! trail runners and 55 hikers before Phantom Ranch. North Kaibab really was a highway that morning. Lost count on the other side of Phantom because I got caught up in politics :? My garmin seems to be useless when measuring miles for this hike. The last two years it has been way off. :( We got a shirt that says R2R 23.9 miles. HAZ has 22.15....which is right? I went with 23.9 because it sounds better. :) Shortly before the turn for Ribbon Falls my sisters heard a "grrrrrrrr"....I didn't hear anything, but it caused us to put our headlamps on high for awhile. There was a lot of traffic so I figured the odds were in our favor if a mountain lion was looking for an easy meal. Saw big horn just before the last tunnel on BA. Nice way to end the hike.
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Sep 26 2020
ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Rim to Rim, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
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Hiking28.15 Miles 5,846 AEG
Hiking28.15 Miles   10 Hrs   32 Mns   2.82 mph
5,846 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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When my non-hiking friends ask why hiking is so special to me, I'll point them to this weekend’s R2R as a way to sum it up.

Two days disconnected from internet, tv, media, email, cell phones, politics, COVID-craziness, etc.— and 10+ hours of uninterrupted time with my teenage daughter (a HS senior), immersed in one of the most amazing places on earth.

As this is my youngest daughter, I'm starting to run out of nearby kids to hike with, so I'm trying to build a few more memories while she's still at home. We'll be heading back soon to do a backpacking trip to Nankoweap. :y:

On this trip, we drove up to the North Rim on Friday. We usually stay at the cabins on the North Rim, but this time stayed outside the park at the Kaibab Lodge. It's an eclectic place. Nothing fancy, but the beds were comfortable (which is all that really mattered to me).

Up early the next morning (of course), and on the trail by 5:30 a.m. TH parking was relatively full but not packed, and the trail traffic was relatively lighter (due to COVID?). It was relatively warm by end-of-September standards, which was nice at the start, but portended an oven later on in the hike ....

Hiked by headlamp for the first mile.

Passing through Supai Tunnel is like the entrance to a Disneyland theme park: when you come out the other side, it feels like you are in another world, as the Canyon opens up to dramatic views at that point.

At the Roaring Springs turnoff, I decided to make a short side trip to the rest area. I had never been down there before. It adds another .6 or so to the trip, plus a couple hundred feet of elevation gain. At the rest area, there are bathrooms (closed/locked) and a water spigot (turned off) and not much else in the way of amenities. Views of Roaring Springs along the trail, though, are better than from the NK trail. Also, you notice that there are several other places where the springs are flowing down the side of the canyon walls. The resulting creek in the drainage also has some nice cascades, including a 10-12 ft. fall not very far downstream (by slight bushwhack) from the rest area. There was an anchor and rope that would allow one to downclimb to the base of the small falls, but as I was still in the latter stages of recuperating from a broken collarbone, I decided that further off-trail exploring downstream would have to wait for another trip.

My daughter was not interested in taking any extracurricular detours, so I had to hustle to catch up to her, which I eventually did just around Cottonwood campground.

At the Ribbon Falls turnoff, we checked out the dilapidated bridge and wondered how much longer till it would collapse altogether and crash into the creek.

We didn't venture over to Ribbon by way of the creek, but from the NK trail, it looked like the flow was a bit anemic.

The rest of the way to Phantom was uneventful. I always enjoy the narrow confines of the Box.

After about 5 hours of hiking, we reached Phantom Ranch and soaked our feet in the creek by the BA campground area, while eating lunch.

Then it was over to the Silver Bridge and up Bright Angel. The River was a a deep/vibrant green--beautiful, but seemed a little lower, given the dry winter.

I had planned on giving a go up South Kaibab instead of BA, but my daughter wasn't interested in that waterless, exposed death march, so we stuck with the traditional BA climb.

We hit Devil's Corkscrew at the hottest and most exposed time of day. It made for a bit of slog, but my daughter was a champ, and soon the Corkscrew was conquered.

At Indian Garden, the temperature gauge was showing well over 100 degrees. My daughter soaked her feet in the creek while we steeled ourselves for the final 4.5 mile / 3000 ft. climb. I always tell people that it's just a Flatiron hike to the top from Indian Garden--but less steep! (I also warn them that the last two miles are five miles long!).

As usual, those final miles took their toll, but my daughter set a solid pace and kept on trucking. Luckily, by the time we hit the base of the climbing in earnest (about .75 mi. up canyon from Indian Garden), the trail was largely shaded.

Topped out at 4 pm, and hung around for a beautiful canyon sunset.

Unfortunately, due to COVID, the showers at Mather Campground were closed, so we settled for a hand/face wash and change of clothes for the late drive home.

Back to the question of why hikes like this are so meaningful to me. This is my battery recharging station.

It’s not just the incredible vistas—and they ARE incredible. But incredible vistas can be appreciated in photos, in a magazine, on a poster, or on a social media post of HAZ triplog.

Hiking itself offers an exponentially different level of appreciation—one that is simply not available through two-dimensional, visual perception.

Hiking allows me to jump INTO the photo; to manipulate and appreciate the incomparable artistry of God’s creations from many angles; to interact with, and EXPERIENCE the vistas of the trail with all five of my senses, as well as a touch of the spiritual:

*From the smell of the towering pine trees on the North Rim;

*To the sound of Roaring Springs or the rushing cascades along Bright Angel Creek;

*To the sight of the mighty green (or chocolate) Colorado River underfoot at the Silver Bridge with the powerful, churning eddy swirling upstream on its south side;

*To the taste of fresh water at Indian Garden after conquering the Devil’s Corkscrew in the mid-day heat;

*To the burning/aching of my own muscles and rolling drops of my own sweat, mixing with the powdery layer of dust I’ve carried with me 20+ miles from the North Kaibab Trailhead and across the expanse of the Canyon, as I ascend the seemingly endless climb from Three-Mile-Resthouse to the Bright Angel Trailhead.

Hiking allows me to become part of the landscape—to feel alive and to connect (or reconnect) my life with fellow creations of Mother Earth—both animate and inanimate.

There are some things that cannot be fully appreciated without investing a portion of your very being--your own energy and sweat (and some occasional blood, blisters, tears, and muscle cramps).

Precious few things are more valuable in this world to me than sharing such immersive hiking experiences with someone I love and savoring the resulting shared memories created thereby.
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 Tempe, AZ
First Rim to Rim Including the Ribbons, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
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Hiking26.38 Miles 6,054 AEG
Hiking26.38 Miles   16 Hrs   35 Mns   1.83 mph
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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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Sep 25 2020
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles1 Day      50 Mns   
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Been dreaming of this hike for the last five years, decided about a week ago that I'd make a go at it. Kirsty and I camped at Long Jim the night before so I could get a whole two hours of sleep, we dropped off my car in Lot D, and she gave me a ride over to SK trailhead. She would later hike BA down to the river, chill for a few hours, and we'd hike up together.

1220 Stepped off the rim onto SK trail. Bit later than desired, didn't realize the road to the TH would be gated in the morning. The wind was heckin' strong, kicking up a ton of eye-stinging mule dust, threatening to push me off the ridge sections like a lone dandelion seed. Stars were pretty and trail felt great.

0200 Reached Tip-Off, paused for a snack and to change into shorts. It was hot down here! Little shelter creaked weirdly in the wind. Rest of the drop was steep and fun, swinging back and forth on all those little switchbacks above Black Bridge. Couldn't see the river from the bridge. Phantom Ranch took forever to show up, didn't remember how to reach the Canteen and water, took some wandering.

0310 Filled water to full capacity and forced some more calories in. Then it was off to The Box and new terrain. Darkness was starting to get a bit tedious so I popped some earbuds in and listened to spooky podcasts to pass the time. Bumped into a few hikers along this section, one other R2R2R group who came from BA last night and then some early runners coming down from NK. Otherwise pretty quiet. Sun began to light things up around Ribbon Falls.

0630 Manzanita Rest, stopped here to prep for the climb (last water until the rim, Supai is off until next year). 3 groups of backpackers here coming up from Cottonwood, none looked too happy. The climb felt surprisingly good, as it was mostly in the shade and all new terrain, though the loose sand on the top two miles were not welcome. More people here, lots of hikers dropping down to Supai or Redwall before heading back up.

0930 North Rim. Long break here to rearrange gear, water up, and eat some sardines. Was cold on the rim, soon as I was back on the (now) sun-bathed trail it heated up. Dropping down was really cool, enjoyed the terrain a lot more this time, the half-tunnels through Redwall are amazing. Rangers were also up now and I got scolded (rightfully so) about doing this solo.

1220 Back at Manzanita. The furnace was alive and cooking and I soaked my shirt. Few slow-moving groups at the rest area, most people were already on the Rim or at a campsite by now. The next few hours of trail crawled and I switched to march mode, enjoying the big views and empty trail while I rushed along. Stopped a few times to keep water uptake in. The Box was my favorite part, as half of it was in shade, and the winding creek kept things exciting.

1530 Mandatory lemonade break at the Ranch, quick water fill, and then continued on. I wasn't feeling tired and wanted to push it up BA. Kirsty had left the River Resthouse over an hour ago and the plan was to meet at the Garden, bumped into her about a mile before and slowed my pace. We caught up on our different adventures over the day.

1815 Indian Garden and a long break. Few other hikers passed through on various adventures in various states of fatigue. Once the sun was down we headed out with headlamps. Going up was very slow, this was Kirsty's biggest hike for a while, so we took our time and many little breaks. Gave ourselves healthy pauses at each rest stop to stretch and water up. There wasn't much to see in the dark except for one fearless Bighorn who stood their ground 10' off trail.

0115 Finally hit the Rim. Jogged over to the car, we headed back to Long Jim, and totally crashed. Woke up at some point on Saturday and drove home before the DOMS hit.

Miscellaneous Packed 5000 calories, ate 4000, burned over 7000. Lots of caffeine via Nuuns and Gus, never bonked, only felt fatigue on the last few hours when the pace slowed. Drank... 16L, about half w/ electrolytes? I usually drink a lot during long hikes, this was on par for the effort. First time using trail runners and loved them.

There was a high degree of capabilities on display in the Canyon - few 60+ yos knocking out sub-8 R2Rs, R2R2R attempts that were turning into 2- or 3- day ordeals, and even a few pukers. Biggest thing that helped me, and that I'd advise anyone doing this hike, is to have a Plan B and a support group. I mentally checked-in a few times, especially at Cottonwood and Manzanita, to determine if it made sense to turn around early, and kept constant comms via inReach w/ family, who were making sure I was making my preset milestones and not burning out. :heart:
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 Portland, OR
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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keepmoving
Backpack49.00 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack49.00 Miles5 Days         
11,000 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
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Day 1. Sunday 3/1
Parked at the Backcountry Permit Office Lot. Rode the shuttles over to South Kaibab Trailhead. Started around 1100am to mostly clear skies. Forecast was for 50% chance of rain/snow showers in the evening. Although it only took 3 hours to make it down to Bright Angel Camp the clouds were looking quite threatening by the time I got my campsite set up.

Spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the area around Bright Angel Camp/Phantom Ranch. This being my first time at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I really took my time soaking everything in. I lounged on the beach next to the Colorado River, followed the River Trail loop that connects the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trail. In the evening I attended a ranger talk and had a couple beers at Phantom Ranch with one of the other campers, Jay, who was also based out of the PNW and had many years of extensively exploring the Grand Canyon.

Day 2. Monday 3/2
Got lucky with no storm overnight. It sprinkled on my tent just before dawn, but that lasted for just a couple minutes at the most and dried almost immediately. Hit the trail about 0830 and headed up to Cottonwood Camp. Since I had plenty of time to kill, I took Jay's suggestion and detoured about a half mile up the Clear Creek Trail to a nice overlook point. Got fortunate with my timing arrived at just the right time to watch a pack train work its way down the South Kaibab Trail on the otherside of the Colorado River.

Really enjoyed "The Box" along the North Kaibab Trail. Since I got an early start I was in the shade for most of it and didn't see many hikers. I took another detour to see Ribbon Falls, but since the bridge was closed I had to take the creek crossing route. I didn't have spare shoes, so I opted to do it barefoot and it was freezing cold and about 2' at the deepest point.

Arrived at Cottonwood Camp sometime around 1300. Chose the campsite that had the best view of the north rim so I could spend the rest of the day psyching myself up for the hike up the following day.

Day 3. Tuesday 3/3
Hit the trail about 0630. Chatted with another older hiker, Eric, who was also trying to do the R2R2R to commemorate his 75th birthday. Hiking was much easier today since I was permited to camp another night at Cottonwood and just carrying day gear to bag the rim.

Along the way I took the Roaring Springs side trail (totally pointless since it doesn't lead anywhere of interest and the best view of the springs is from along the main trail anyways). The North Kaibab was snow free until just after the Supai Tunnel where I started to encounter light snow and ice along the north facing slopes. It increased steadily up to the North Kaibab Trailhead where the ground was 100% snow covered, although the trail itself was well trodden and easy to follow. Since I arrived early in the afternoon, I opted to add some extra mileage to my trip and followed the road out to Bright Angel Point so that I could look back across the canyon and admire how far I had come before heading back down to camp.

On the way back down I ran into Eric again. He was moving very slowly and definitely hurting, but he was still intent on bagging the north rim. Despite an early start, he was on pace to get to the north rim sometime around nightfall and wouldn't be making it back to camp for long after dark. I told him I would make sure to check his campsite in the morning to make sure he made it back safely, and if he wasn't there I would alert a ranger when I made it back to the Phantom Ranch Ranger Station.

Day 4. Wednesday 3/4
After confirming that Eric had made it back to his camp successfully, I headed south again- this time headed for Indian Gardens. I was on trail around 0730 and felt really good. I had a quick lunch along the Colorado River, then crossed the suspension bridge and started heading up the Bright Angel Trail. I made really good time on the uphill portion and made it to Indian Gardens sometime around noon.

I got my camp set up and spent most of the afternoon chatting with my camp neighbor, Ryan, and exploring the nearby area. A couple hours before sunset I wandered out along Tonto Trail a little ways to the west of Plateau Point, then walked back to Plateau Point to take in the sunset with most of the other people who were also camped at Indian Gardens. I lingered a bit after dark after everyone else left. It was nice to watch the stars come out in silence while I reflected on all that I had seen over the last couple of days.

Day 5. Thursday 3/5
I was awake super early and so excited to finish the trip that I couldn't sleep. I discreetly broke camp by headlamp and was on trail about 0300. I took my time on the uphill section- wanting to arrive at the rim around daybreak. It was fun to have the trail all to myself. I stopped occasionally to turn off my light and just enjoy the stars lingering over the canyon.

The last 1/4 mile or so to the rim were pretty icy and I was glad to have brought my micro spikes along. I arrived at the Bright Angel Trailhead just after it got light enough to walk without my headlamp. I lingered for a bit enjoying the view before heading back to my truck and making the long drive back to Tucson to see my family.
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Oct 07 2019
Hippy
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 07 2019
Hippy
Backpack24.00 Miles
Backpack24.00 Miles5 Days         
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If you ever wondered what I actually have been doing all these years up at Grand Canyon...

I am a hiking guide. I lead day trips on the rim and also co-lead backpacking trips below the rim.

This October I snagged a rim to rim with fellow a Instructor. She and I had an absolute wonderful group of veteran hikers and 2 who had never backpacked before. One had never seen Grand Canyon until this trip!

We spent Oct 6th camped in the North rim campground (brr!)
Then the 7th we headed down North Kaibab to Cottonwood Campground, this 7miles is usually enough of a first day for first timers!
The 8th we hike down to Phantom with a stop at Ribbon Falls, here yours truly took a nap on the trail while guarding the packs from squirrels and Ravens. It's a tough job.

Camped at Phantom in the big group site. Stayed here TWO nights!

Last night was spent at Havasupai Garden (Indian Garden) with sunset at Plateau Point.

I usually get to help lead this trip once or twice a year. It is by far the most luxurious way to hike a rim to rim.
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Sep 28 2019
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Rim to Rim via Old Bright Angel, AZ 
Rim to Rim via Old Bright Angel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking29.59 Miles 6,560 AEG
Hiking29.59 Miles   11 Hrs   16 Mns   2.75 mph
6,560 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
5:45 a.m.--North Kaibab Trailhead parking area was as full as I've ever seen it. No parking spots and several cars parked along the side of the road. Luckily, we were just getting dropped off. Several groups starting in at the same time re-confirmed my decision to take an alternate route down the canyon, via the Old Bright Angel Trail. I tried to convince a few others in my group to join me, but either: (a) they didn't feel they were physically up to adding an additional 4-5 miles, plus dealing with the bushwhacking and route-finding on a primitive trail, or (b) those who were fit enough to add the additional mileage were a little obsessed with improving their R2R times. So, as the masses flooded down NK, I hung a left onto the Ken Patrick trail and locked into nearly 5 hours of complete solitude in the Canyon ....

It was still dark, and less than a half mile into my jaunt along the rim, I was greeted with some large animal crunching branches 30-40 yards in the distance. My headlamp illuminated a pair of eyes and my adrenaline began to kick in. I immediately began clapping my hands and whistling, after which the animal bolted off. I'm guessing it was an elk, but who knows .... For the next half mile or so, I took up whistling and clapping as a side hobby. :lol:

As the light of dawn arrived, the forested rim was covered in a cloudy fog. I scared off a couple of deer, but otherwise saw no other animals on the 4-mile traverse to the Old BA trailhead. The cloudy fog added a little spice to the otherwise somewhat blase rim hike through forest and recovering burn areas. Just before reaching OBA, it actually sprinkled a bit and I wondered whether the canyon was going to be socked in with clouds, obscuring any expansive views.

I arrived at the well-marked OBA traihead in good time, as I was hoping--despite my extra miles and primitive trail--to catch up to some in my group before they all reached the south rim. I had read all of the OBA triplogs and some other "beta" on the route, and had a gps route loaded in RS with various notes on what seemed to be the tricky spots.

My homework served me well in the top portion of the trail, and I managed to stay relatively well on track down to the crossing of the tributary creek that drains into Bright Angel Creek. The only real casualty up to that point were my legs, which took a "scrubbing" from all of the scrub oak that has overgrown the trail, as well as whatever that plant is that has leaves that look like holly but with sharp, poky, points! I knew I should have worn long pants, but ignored my own advice b/c I didn't want to have long pants for the other 20 miles when I wouldn't need them. Next time: zip-offs :D

Anyway, when I hit the tributary creek, I went in search of the waterfall mentioned in various triplogs. However, I somehow got the idea that the waterfall was UPstream from the crossing, so I immediately headed in that direction. After 15 minutes of hard bushwhacking and managing to get both my feet wet, and no waterfall to show for it, I threw in the towel headed back to the crossing point. It's not clear where to go from that point, but I climbed pretty straight up the other side of the ravine and eventually located what passed as the trail. Shortly thereafter, I looked back to see the referenced waterfall, which is actually DOWNstream from the crossing. Oh well ...

After rounding the next outcropping, I was very conscious of the warnings not to descend to Bright Angel Creek too early. That said, going down towards the creek seemed like the only viable option, as the side of the canyon was otherwise choked with manzanita and other, somewhat impassable barriers. That said, I dutifully resisted, going up, over, and sometimes through bushes, in search of anything remotely resembling a trail that stayed above the creek.

Eventually, I worked my way over to the crossover of a small, side drainage (for reference, on my gps track, this spot is right on top of the "e" in "Bright Angel Canyon" on the CalTopo layer). There was actually a cairn in the middle of the crossover, but no indication of where to go from there, and the opposite side of the drainage was pretty sheer, with no sign of any trail. Nevertheless, in the absence of any apparently better options, I climbed up. The next 0.3 mile was a total crapshoot of scrambling up and down, hand over fist, sliding down sketchy chutes, and doing everything possible in search of a route, while still trying to make forward progress. : rambo : It was a time-consuming workout, and I still don't have much better intel to pass on, as to where the trail is/was. I can say that I did't descend to the creek too early, but perhaps erred on the side of trying to stay too high. My general advice for this section is just to pack some extra time, and a lot of patience.

Eventually, I located some snippets of a trail that seemed to descend in relative proximity to where I had the correct creek crossing marked on my gps track. Approaching the creek, there was a fairly well worn, narrow path through the reeds that led to a crossing point. I could see where at least a few others had scrambled up the opposite side, but the crossing would be a wet one, and my marked crossing point was still slightly farther downstream. So, I backtracked a bit and then bushwhacked downstream to the crossing point on my track. I was able to make a leap across at this point without getting wet, but there was no sign of the trail on the opposite side. One of my beta sources referred to a steep climb, so I just climbed up the steep slope, and within about 20 yards up located the faint remains of the trail (which I now believe came up from the point where "reed" crossing was). In any event, I had no navigational issues on OBA from this point forward.

In a short while, I approached the junction with Roaring Spring Canyon, and enjoyed the fresh viewpoint of RS, the NK trail, and the Pumphouse/Manzanita rest area from the opposing side of the canyon. But the real gem was the views of Bright Angel Creek, including some very cool cascades draining into a "toilet bowl" swimming hole just past the junction of the two side canyons.

It wasn't long until I popped out onto the NK trail at the bridge just below the Pumphouse. By that point, I was a little shy of 5 hours into the hike. While I was glad to have battled the OBA, it was refreshing to finally be back on the smooth, maintained NK corridor trail. By that time, the crowds of hikers had passed through and/or broken up.

Anxious to make up time, I hot-footed it down to Phantom Ranch. Along the way, I passed by the Ribbon Falls bridge, which has been "closed" for a couple of years, but is now a twisted mess and completely unuseable. Only access to Ribbon Falls is through the creek from the south side of the "hill."

Unfortunately, my tromping in the side creek on OBA and resulting wet feet turned into a real problem. Along with my shoe choice, which was mostly leather and didn't breathe well, my feet could stay neither dry nor cool. And despite changing socks, and making a couple of attempts to duct tape/moleskin/bandage things up, I ultimately just accepted that it was going to be a bit of a blister-fest and just determined to plow forward.

From the River to the top on Bright Angel Trail, my time was just over 3 hours, averaging around 20 min/mile. I felt pretty good from a cardio/muscle/energy standpoint--just tried to ignore my feet. Worked pretty well, as I passed everyone I saw coming up, and caught up with several in my group just before or at Indian Gardens.

After a refreshing shower at Mather Campground (PSA: they increased the price from $2 to $2.50), I assessed the damage--a couple of prize-winning blisters, but actually not as bad as it could have been. I was grateful to slip on a pair of soft clean socks, along with my highly-prized Ofoos sliders ("victory shoes"), and enjoyed sharing tales of the Canyon with my friends as we made our late night trip back to the Valley.

Another memorable R2R in the books. :y:
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Sep 21 2019
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
mt98dew
Hiking23.90 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles   11 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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This had been in the works for a year to celebrate the big 50! My loving wife got rooms on both sides of the rim so I could start and end the journey in comfort. Honestly, didn't get to appreciate the cabin on the north rim that much as I was too excited to sleep. Got maybe an hour of sleep before my sisters arrived from Phoenix and we made ready for our departure.

Side note. My sisters are occasional hikers, but were determined to celebrate this day with me. So after working a full day at their jobs, they drove up from the valley to do R2R with me. Left the north rim around 1am with a nice breeze and temps in the low 30's. I didn't think it felt that bad, though my sisters had different opinions. We were a sight! Not naming names, but some of us had socks on our hands and multiple layers of clothing. :lol: Luckily it was very dark out with very few people on the trail so no one was judging our hiking attire.

A little bummed that my first time on NK was in complete darkness. I had a feeling that I was missing all kinds of fantastic views as we were heading down. Because of the mule trains, the trail is composed of a soft compact powder, and between the 3 of us hiking and the wind, our headlamps illuminated a white haze that reminded me of snow flurries that accompanied us for the first mile. A couple of features that I was able to enjoy despite the darkness were the bridges. I had no Idea that there were so many bridges involved with this hike. Most were crossed in daylight and were more functional than aesthetic. But for me they provided additional charm to an already fantastic trail and some of the early ones I think would have been fantastic to cross in the daylight. The other feature was the water. There were a couple of seeps that muddied the trail in the first couple of miles. But the falls and the accompanying river was awesome. We heard the roaring of the water first and then we were able to see the silver glow of the water as it cascaded into the canyon. We found that we got a better "look" at this when we turned off out headlamps. From that point on the water was with us almost all the way to Indian Gardens. I've heard the Vishnu schist can be murder to hike because of the heat. :y: But it was ideallic for this hike. Some of this was in the darkness, but most in the early morning light. Very beautiful. The bridge at Ribbon Falls was out. Couldn't see it clearly because of the darkness, but it was obviously in bad shape. Hit Phantom Ranch a little after 8am. First time there. Not impressed. Smell of mules and latrines seemed pervasive, though I imagine you'd become accustomed to it.

Crossed the silver bridge and started up BA a little before 9am. Never been on this lower section before. Really enjoyed it. The climb up the corkscrew was nice. Still early so it was not hot. Still had the water off and on along the way. :) Wasn't too steep and it interacted with the landscape nicely. Surprised that there was some descending before the climbing (just prior to Pipe Creek).... I thought it would be all uphill. Didn't care for the soft sand just after the Colorado, but it didn't last as long as I thought it would. Crossing the streams along the way provided a nice diversion and some entertainment as my sisters tried to keep their feet dry. The hike from Indian Gardens to the top was brutal. It's hard to believe that you can have 4 miles of steady uphill hiking, but that is what we were faced with. I don't think it would be so bad if there was some variation to the trail surface or inclination, but it is pretty consistent throughout. I had been through this before so I was mentally prepared for this challenged. My sisters however......they were now 30+ hours without sleep, no acclimation to this elevation and minimal hiking prior to this journey were a little distraught. (Truthfully, one was in good shape being a regular at "boot camp" workouts. The other, who had been a fairly regular gym rat and/or hiker but because of work had fallen off wasn't doing so well). We got into a routine of doing a couple of switchbacks and then resting. It was slow going at times and there was some colorful vocabulary along the way. We had people waiting for us up top so eventually I was encouraged to go ahead and let people know of our impending arrival. Reaching the top I discovered that not everyone had arrived from the north rim yet, so our slower pace was actually good (in that regard). Really wanted to finish this journey together. So after resting briefly, I headed back down with Carrie's husband. Met them about a mile down and together we made our way up the final few switchbacks. Great feeling cresting the top with my sisters at my side and family waiting atop. :y:

Little annoyed with technology. My garmin was on the friezes again. It died before I finished. But it was already disappointing before then. It had me at 40+ miles at Indian Gardens :? To add to the frustration, my wife had bought me a Go Pro so she could partake in the journey and about 4 hours into the hike that went on the fritz as well ](*,) . Got some pictures thanks to my sisters phones.

Wildlife was minimal. Saw some deer in a couple of spots and squirrels galore the closer we got to the top.

Hikers....too many to count. Over 40 on the north side of Phantom Ranch and easily 3x that on BA. Surprised at the number of trail runners we encountered...in the 20's. Surprised at how empty BA was initially. Numbers didn't really pick up until the last several miles. Also, surprised that we didn't encounter mules on the trail. Passed a pack watering at Indian Gardens, but nothing on the trails.

A HUGE THANK YOU to my sisters Tracy and Carrie for doing the insane and making this more than just a hike and one I will never forget. To my mom, who flew all the way from St. Louis to be here for this day and was as excited and proud as we were for the accomplishment. Her joy and enthusiasm was infectious. She had shirts made for everyone to commemorate the event. Ans shw was there to send us off and their to see our "smiling faces" when we breached the top. And a HUGE THANK YOU to my incredible wife who made this dream a reality. She has spent a year planning and orchestrating this to make this birthday what it was. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest men alive to have a wife who not only tolerates but supports my obsession. :app: :app: :app:

50 is not looking so bad :y:

PS. My sister, who were "hating" me as we made our way to the top. Are now, annoyed with their performance and are already talking about a "rematch" with the trail. :D
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Jul 15 2019
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Montana to the Superstitions - flying, AZ 
Montana to the Superstitions - flying, AZ
 
Flying avatar Jul 15 2019
tibber
Flying979.00 Miles
Flying979.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   435.11 mph
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1st trip
On my way back from Montana on Allegiant I was able to get some fairly decent video and photos of the route. Some of it will be familiar to you; especially part 2. I have done my best to ID points of interest. Needless to say, it takes hours to put these together especially when I can't figure out what something is. But it's fun to do. The nice thing with this route is it's pretty much the same coming and going.

Allegiant seems like it doesn't fly quite as high so I get closer pictures and videos. I used to drive part of this route back in the 80s. And of course we drove it back in May of 2016 but that was more along Delta's route.

This time I was interested to see anything from the burn area. Surprisingly the burn I saw and retardant was around the Bartlett area. Anyway, enjoy the flight :) .

Videos Great Falls to Phoenix, Allegiant Air:
Part 1 [ youtube video ] Great Falls to Zion including: Missouri, Smith and Jefferson Rivers. Hauser (Canyon Ferry Dam) and Helen Lakes and Lima Reservoir (which is pretty cool looking), Golden Sunlight Mine, Highland and Tobacco Root Mountains, Ruby Range. St Anthony Sand Dunes, Wellsville Mtns, Salt Lake and its landmarks including smaller lakes and mountains, a little airport I couldn't ID, Oquirrh Mountains, Bingham Canyon Kennecott Mine

Part 2 [ youtube video ] Zion to Phoenix/Mesa Gateway via Grand Canyon (Wahalla Plateau, Colorado River near Zoroaster, Plateau Point, Sedona (Mescal Mtn, Jordan TH, Airport Mesa, Vlg of Oak Creek), Camp Verde area, Bradshaws, Tonto Hills, and Bartlett area. Lots of video/photos of Saguaro Lake, First Water area, Battleship, and Western Supes featuring the Flatiron.
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May 25 2019
desertchild
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33 female
 Joined Jul 17 2015
 Phoenix
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
desertchild
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   19 Hrs      2.34 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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sbkelley
finally got to knock of R2R2R this past weekend!

i had fun the whole damn day, and surprisingly, the group stayed close together for the majority of the hike.

started down the trail at 4:20am. south kaibab to phantom was quick and uneventful. the box and then the last few miles to cottonwood were hot but still enjoyable.

things dragged a bit after the supai tunnel - that last 1.5M to the top seemed never ending. once we topped out on the north rim, and i inhaled some bacon and a donut, all was well! there was a bit of snow on the ground from the previous storm. we stayed up on the north rim a bit longer than i would have liked because we had a few people in our group trying to figure out if they were going to turn around or take a shuttle back to the south rim. we started heading back down around 1:20ish.

heading back down the north rim to cottonwood and through the box went by FAST and was rather pleasant. i was a bit nervous about hiking up bright angel during the dark, but once again, it went by quick! once i hit the two mile switch back i picked up my pace and managed to be one of the first to top out on bright angel. we finished just shy of 19hrs.

salt chews, bacon, and almond m&ms got me through the 44M, the company was wonderful, and i felt strong the entire day!
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May 25 2019
sbkelley
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36 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
sbkelley
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking44.50 Miles   19 Hrs   7 Mns   2.33 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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desertchild
After we got back through the Box on the return hike, almost everyone else in our crew at some point asked me (incredulously) why I was doing this again. It was a fair question. Nobody's legs could be classified as feeling 'great' - or even 'good' - anymore. Dave and Shawn, visiting from Colorado, had shattered their daily hiking mileage records before we had even gotten back to Cottonwood, and we were nowhere near a point where anyone would consider us close to being done. But here I was again, nearly four years later, doing an R2R2R. It was tough (again), but it felt great to disconnect from work and a hectic semester and just hike. It was just what the doctor ordered. SK-NK-BA again.

Definitely a different experience when you have a group of 8 (and 7 that do the whole thing - one hopped on a shuttle back to the South Rim once we got to the North Kaibab TH), and everyone stays pretty close together. Last time it was just me and Eric, and we moved quickly and efficiently. We moved quickly again, but the 'efficiently' is much harder to accomplish at rest stops with a larger group that's laughing and talking and enjoying the day. As you should. The time at these rest stops does add up over the course of a day, though we only really had one where the break was probably a bit long (North Rim). No complaints, though, this was a fun group, I had nowhere to be and nothing on my calendar (for once!), and I wasn't at work. Most of all, though, it was so great to see the Canyon again, and even better to see it with good friends. We got ridiculously lucky (again) with the weather: highs in the mid 80s at Phantom Ranch on Memorial Day weekend should not be expected, but it sure made things nicer for someone now living in a place where it now snows in the winter.

Just like last time, the body felt great climbing up N. Kaibab and Bright Angel, and less than great between Phantom and Cottonwood both ways. Go figure. Sam was a ball of positive energy all day, Chris kept an easy-going attitude and steady pace, Taylor was a machine all day, JD and Bill couldn't stop talking about how pretty the canyon was, Dave had a blast checking off a lifelong bucket list item, and Shawn even smiled. It happens sometimes.

The next day, I heard at least four of them say that we should do it again. Remember that when you're going back through the Box on the way home, guys. Two is enough for me...that is, unless Lilah wants to go someday.
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May 18 2019
Grimey
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52 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 18 2019
Grimey
Backpack44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack44.50 Miles   17 Hrs      2.62 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Not sure if this should be posted as 2 trips or just 1?

Overnight trip South Kaibab :next: North Kaibab on Saturday, North Kaibab :next: Bright Angel on Sunday. 8.5 hours each way, although I did move a bit more leisurely on Saturday.

Great weather on Saturday, clear and perfect temps. Sunday was a little different, not bad per se, but not as nice as Saturday. Overcast and cool until the river, really nice actually and at least I wasn't roasting in the Box. At around Phantom Ranch, the wind started whipping, blowing a lot of sand into my face. Light sprinkles until Indian Garden when a steady drizzle started coming down. For these reasons, I just powered on to the top instead of taking a nice lunch break along the way. The rim was socked in from around 3 mile rest house, so no views to speak of at that point. And it was coooold up top, 39 degrees and raining.

Of course the trails were packed on Saturday, the 5 AM hiker express bus was standing room only with R2R runners. First weekend where the North Rim is open, it's to be expected. Trail runners... I don't get it. I know, hike your own hike, but why are they mostly all so rude? Whatever.

Overall a great, albeit quick, weekend.

Water is running everywhere. S. Kaibab is dry of course but no issues from there, and of course most of the taps are on.
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May 18 2019
emilystardust
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38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2019
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Hiking22.50 Miles 6,100 AEG
Hiking22.50 Miles   9 Hrs   57 Mns   2.26 mph
6,100 ft AEG
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We headed up with a very large group (60+ people) on 5/17, as they provided all the shuttle services. Two flat tires on two different vans on the way there, snowing at Jacob Lake, one of my hiking partners did not bring a sleeping pad or the footprint for the tent we were going to share, so we slept on the floor of my dad's room at the North Rim :D . Not a great start to the hike, but everyone was well-prepared. This was a great experience for me - my sister and brother-in-law (and his friends), two of my friends, and my dad and his girlfriend were all able to make this trip. We took advantage of the moderate temps to hike out of South Kaibab instead of Bright Angel. We all somehow finished within about one hour of each other, despite not hiking together most of the canyon and staying in different groups of 2-3. I guess certain hiking speeds run in my family! Onto some Grand Canyon hiking off the corridor trails!
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May 16 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
GC: North Rim 2 South Rim, AZ 
GC: North Rim 2 South Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking23.90 Miles 5,089 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles
5,089 ft AEG
 
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This was the second day of a 2 day rim-cubed hike. I had previously done this hike, but I had taken a shuttle to the North Rim and did the hike as a one-way R2R hike.

We started at 3:50 in order to get past Phantom Ranch before the heat of the day. It was a bit warm on the stretch from Phantom Ranch to Indian Garden, but it wasn't unbearable.

I stopped a couple of times on the hike and took my shoes off and put my feet in Bright Angel Creek -- it made for a most refreshing break!
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May 15 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
GC: South Rim 2 North Rim, AZ 
GC: South Rim 2 North Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking23.20 Miles 6,283 AEG
Hiking23.20 Miles
6,283 ft AEG
 
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This hike was the first day of a 2-day rim-cubed hike. We started from the South Kaibob TH, hiked down to the Colorado River and Phamtom Ranch, and then went up the North Kaibab TH to the North Rim.

It was a great day for a hike. We started at 4:45, and were past "the box" before the weather got very warm.

I saw my first rattlesnake of the year -- I think that it was a Grand Canyon pink rattlesnake, although it could have been a hopi rattlesnake. ( [ photo ] )

As for mileage and elevation gain, I recorded 21.0 miles and 6,109 feet of elevation gain from the South Kaibab TH to the North Kaibab TH. When I got to the NK trailhead, I had to hike another 2.2 miles with 174 feet of elevation gain to the Lodge at the North Rim, which was where I spent the night. I included this segment in the mileage/elevation totals for the hike, which made the hike 23.2 miles and 6,283 feet of elevation gain.
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Oct 16 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking23.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   11 Hrs   45 Mns   1.96 mph
4,800 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This was my first trip to the north rim, and my first Rim2Rim hike. We hiked down the North Kaibab Trail and then came back up the Bright Angel Trail.

A few months ago I made a reservation at the North Rim Lodge for Oct. 15, the last day that the Lodge is open until May. I figured that I would do the hike at the last day that the Lodge is open because I thought that by doing the hike as late in Oct as I could that it would lessen the chance of having to deal with hot weather down by the river. As it turned out, hot weather was no concern on this day: When we stated the hike at the North Kaibab Trail, it was about 30 degrees with light snow. It snowed for the first hour or two, and was coming down fairly hard -- fortunately there was no accumulation on the trail. At Phantom Ranch it was cloudy and about 50 degrees, but it was not raining. From Indian Garden up to the south rim there was drizzle/light rain, and the trail was pretty muddy with some standing water in lots of places. When we got back up to the South Rim, there was a light rain mixed with some snow.

In spite of the weather it was a fun hike, and the weather made for some interesting views.

A combination of the high canyon walls, snow, and low cloud cover caused my GPS to lose the satellite, so I was not able to record an accurate track.

One of my hiking partners had a car there, so on the day before the hike we made it to some of the north rim vistas and checked out the awesome scenery.
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Oct 12 2018
charlieaz
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50 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2018
charlieaz
Hiking44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
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11,000 ft AEG
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I Completed this R2R from NK to BA again. This time with my wife. I wasn't as fit as my first R2R 6 months earlier and paid the price. But I did it!
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Oct 06 2018
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
AZT in a Day Event - Rim to Rim Grand Canyon, AZ 
AZT in a Day Event - Rim to Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Backpack43.90 Miles 11,525 AEG
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We hiked the AZT Grand Canyon corridor for the AZT in a Day Event on Saturday. Hiked South Kaibab and then North Kaibab trails reserving one of the cabins on the North Rim. It was also peak season for trail runners and probably hikers as well so we encountered lots of people on the trail the whole way. The weather was questionable Saturday and Sunday and sure enough once we reached the North Rim the rain, hail, thunder and lighting let loose. Fortunately, we just had to make it to North Rim Lodge from North Kaibab Trail in the really bad weather. But we were glad to have the cabin to dry out and sleep out of the elements.

Next morning, we arranged the shuttle to the trailhead so we didn’t have to hike from the lodge again and in the morning the rain had turned to snow. However, it was just above freezing so none of the snow was sticking. The trail was slick on the top part but once we dropped into the canyon the rain/snow stopped with only sporadic sprinkles. Fairly uneventful hike back with again lots of people but the last few hours was interesting. Weather moved in again but it made for some dramatic clouds, light, and even a rainbow hiking the last 2 miles out of the canyon. Once back at the top we headed to Tusayan for Mexican food and a beverage at Plaza Bonita!
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Sep 21 2018
ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking27.60 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking27.60 Miles   12 Hrs   52 Mns   2.15 mph
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Enjoyed another September Rim to Rim with some family and close friends. This one was extra special, as I was joined by my 19-year-old daughter who is preparing to leave for 18 months on a church mission to Washington D.C. Nothing like 13-distraction-free hours together in the Grand Canyon as a farewell/send-off. :y:

We arrived on the North Rim to the most pleasant weather I've ever experienced there at this time of year. Shorts and t-shirt were quite comfortable, even after sundown. Cabin windows were open until just before shut-eye.

They have changed the menu in the dining lodge. It's still a bit pricey, but no more bread filled with garlic cloves :sk: , and there are now a few items that actually taste good. Yay! :DANCE: I had the chicken alfredo and ate the whole thing.

The moon was nearly full, and we wandered out to Bright Angel Point to watch the last vestiges of the sunset and peer across the divide to the south rim lights, marking the following day's destination.

Hit the hay around 9:30 p.m. and slept fairly well. Wake up call was at 4:40; headed for the North Kaibab TH shortly after 5 and plunged into the darkness at 5:38 a.m. The temps were very comfortable at the lodge, though a little cooler and windy at the TH. Still, shorts and a t-shirt were quite comfortable after the first 20 minutes on the trail.

Unlike last year, there were relatively few on the trail this morning. Headlamp was only needed for the first 15-20 minutes, but they are important minutes, as the upper portion of the trail has many ankle-busting opportunities. And then there is the dust! Those first couple of miles down to Supai Tunnel are like tromping through fine flour. My bandana-clad face protected the airways a bit, but this portion of the trail always initiates you with a full coat of GC pixie dust from the get go.

Passing through Supai Tunnel the vista down to Redwall Bridge and beyond opens up, with the South Rim in view and a distant Humphreys Peak perfectly framed between the Canyon walls.

My daughter and I took the side trip to Upper Ribbon Falls on the way down. I didn't notice the ruins last year, but took some time to carefully explore them this time around. Talk about your prime location--the views and nearby waterfall surely made this the Beverly Hills of the Canyon back in the day. On our way back, we veered off to take a peek at Ribbon Falls from above. It's a pretty spectacular vantage point, allowing you to see the falls above the falls, which are not visible from below.

Back on the trail, we made our way down to Phantom Ranch. The side trip slowed us down and we realized it would be late in the day before we topped out. We embraced it and enjoyed some time soaking our feet in the creek in the shade by Bright Angel Campground, and donned fresh pair of socks for the climb out.

Temps were pushing 90, but by the time we hit the Devil's Corkscrew, we were already enjoying significant chunks of afternoon shade.

At the top of the Corkscrew, we took a short side trip to the jacuzzi tubs along Garden Creek, cooling off and relaxing before making our way into Indian Gardens. Still fresh from the jacuzzis, we spent very little time in IG, and began the final ascent.

By the time we hit Jacob's Ladder, the canyon was fully shaded and temps were very pleasant. As the sun set, we enjoyed a spectacular display of colors, splashed across the canyon temples, points and layers. As an added bonus, our late afternoon ascent resulted in some relative solitude over the last couple of miles, which are typically swamped with crowds of tourists tipping their toes below the rim.

Topped out at 6:30 pm; hit the showers at the campground; fueled up at Wendy's in Tusayan; and arrived back in the valley around 1:30 a.m., exhausted but supremely satisfied.
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