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Sep 26 2020
mikemcg
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First Rim to Rim Including the Ribbons, AZ 
First Rim to Rim Including the Ribbons, AZ
 
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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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Oct 07 2019
Hippy
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Hippy
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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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Jun 23 2018
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
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John9L
Backpack28.12 Miles 5,500 AEG
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Spontaneous Rim to Rim trip with one night spent at Phantom Ranch.

This trip came together at the last possible minute. I was working on plans that ultimately fell through and had to look for a backup option. I had the Grand Canyon on my mind. The highs at Phantom were forecasted at 110 and I was questioning if this is a good idea. I thought about it and decided to go for it. I booked a seat on the 8am Trans Canyon Shuttle and drove to the south rim on Friday night and slept in my jeep. I woke on Saturday morning and headed over to the Bright Angel Lodge to check into the shuttle. Once there, I asked if there were any Phantom cancellations. They said yes, there are two private cabins and three bunks in the men’s dorm. I thought this sounded fun so I booked a bunk in the men’s dorm and paid for the 6:30pm dinner of Beef Stew. From there, I loaded up into the shuttle and made the long drive around the canyon.

The shuttle dropped me off at the North Kaibab Trailhead around 12:15pm and I got myself situated. I topped off my water and geared up and started in. Right away I could feel the heat. Direct sunlight was hot and shade was limited. I knew I had to be careful on the hike down. I continued on and the crowds thinned as I worked my way down. I kept a modest pace and took short breaks in the shade. I looked forward to the creek down below.

With some effort I passed Roaring Springs and I stopped for water just above Cottonwood. I soaked my bandana and poured water down my back. I feel good overall and I’m drinking plenty of water. I continued on and passed Cottonwood and I headed for Ribbon Falls where I took a short break by standing directly in the pour over. I was soaked head to toe and felt great! After I had my fill I continued south and had about two miles in constant sunlight. It beat down on me. I wore a long sleeve UPF shirt and I wore sunscreen and my bandana over my neck. All is well. I eventually hit The Box and had mostly shade the rest of the way. It was around 4:30pm and the sun was too low for this canyon. I cruised through this final stretch and arrived at Phantom Ranch around 5:30pm.

I checked in and headed into the men’s dorm. I have just under an hour to dinner so I took a shower and relaxed. The men’s dorm can sleep up to ten and includes a bathroom and a shower. The shower at Phantom Ranch was a first for me and was a real treat! It helped cool me off and brought me back to life. I eventually headed over to the canteena and was herded to a community table for dinner. This dinner is another first and was well worth the 36 bucks! There was plenty of food and the conversation was fun. I enjoyed myself! After dinner, I made the easy loop around the Silver Bridge & Black Bridge. I finished right as nightfall set in. I made a quick stop at the canteena where I paged through Death in the Grand Canyon. Someone has made minor changes & also added home towns for many people. It was interesting to see. From there, I went back to the dorm and turned in for the night.

I slept well all night with ear plugs I bought in the canteena. Guys were getting up at various times throughout the night but I didn’t hear a thing. I woke at 5:30am and was surprised to see I was the last one up. Most of the guys left and others were having breakfast. I geared up and topped off water and then started the hike out at 5:45am. The hike out went well. I set a moderate pace and took lots of short breaks in shade. I topped off my water at Indian Garden and took a short break. From there I climbed out. The sun was hot but tolerable. I topped out around 9:45am and headed back to Phoenix.

This was a hell of a hike and I’m glad I took the time and spent the money to make it happen. The spontaneity was the best part. The heat was brutal but tolerable. The key is avoiding direct sunlight whenever possible. And I'm calling this a backpack.
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Dec 25 2016
BiFrost
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Ribbon - Upper Ribbon Falls, AZ 
Ribbon - Upper Ribbon Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2016
BiFrost
Hiking15.76 Miles 3,384 AEG
Hiking15.76 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   2.43 mph
3,384 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Staying at Phantom Ranch we wanted a good day hike and hadn't been too Upper Ribbon Falls before. Snow on the Rim overnight so everything above 5000 feet had a white layer. We headed up North Kaibab Trail through the Box on this fast stretch of trail. Arriving at the Ribbon Falls turnoff we followed Hansenaz route up to Upper Ribbon Falls. Thought it was more of a route but actually is pretty good trail all the way to Upper Ribbon Falls. Along the way there were great views down into Ribbon Falls and the snow cap from last nights storm. The upper falls is at the base of Red Wall and we also reached the snow line.

Took a break and enjoyed the falls which is not as large as the lower falls but cool in it's own right and gets lot less visitors. Then took our time heading back down the route to Ribbon Falls turnoff and decided to check out the lower falls out as well. After that we headed back to Phantom Ranch.
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Dec 22 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
Ribbon Falls, AZ 
Ribbon Falls, AZ
 
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DallinW
Backpack33.00 Miles 6,771 AEG
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Alex and I scored some walk-in permits at the Canyon on our way to Utah to visit our families for Christmas. The forecast called for rain all day, and it had rained all night at our campsite just outside Tusayan.

There was no snow in the village, but about an inch of snow at the SK TH when we got started. No ice on the trail, just lots of mud. Most of the canyon was hidden from us on the way down.

I had a few options in mind, but kept the itinerary loose until we set up camp at Bright Angel Campground. Alex hadn't seen Ribbon Falls yet and since the weather wasn't conducive to anything "extreme" we decided to take that option. It was a dreary walk along North Kaibab because we still couldn't see much of anything due to the rain and low clouds.

We made great time reaching Ribbon Falls in about 2 hours from Bright Angel Campground. We explored around the falls a little bit, ate some snacks, snapped a few photos and headed back to BAC. The sky was growing considerably dark by this point, and I knew we were in for some serious downpour. So far it was mostly just drizzling to light rain. Alex had left his poncho at the campground and I was a little worried with the cold that he might get into a bad situation.

When we joined back up with North Kaibab and started heading back, we could see the wall of dark clouds making its way up the canyon. I wished Alex good luck, and pulled out my umbrella to prepare for the downpour. About 10 minutes later we were running down the trail getting soaked. I managed to keep my upper body pretty dry because of the umbrella but my legs were soaking and freezing cold.

The rain eventually let up, and the sun finally made its appearance. There were rainbows, and numerous waterfalls along The Box. The canyon was shining like a jewel! It was actually a rather magical moment for such a "casual" canyon trip. The sun not only warmed our bones, but also our souls. :lol:

The next morning we broke camp and headed out via Bright Angel. I hadn't been on the lower stretch from BAC to IGC. We tagged Plateau Point on the way out before the true slog up BA from IGC to the top. The clouds had finally cleared enough that we could see snow on the South Rim, Brahma, Isis, and the very tops of many of the other Grand Canyon summits. The North Rim was still hidden from view, though. We kept a pretty nice pace on the ascent after Plateau Point, and never had to stop. We made it out in around 4.5 hours, from camp to rim, including the PP detour.

Yet another enjoyable Grand Canyon trip.
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Past peak at Phantom, and most trees are leaf less elsewhere.
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Grand Canyon - Inner Gorge - AZT #38Northwest, AZ
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WanderingWildcat
Backpack26.86 Miles 6,688 AEG
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From Friday, October 21, to Sunday, October 23, my hiking friend Lova and I did the "Rim to Rim" at the Grand Canyon.

DAY ONE:
We started at South Kaibab Trail around 6:30am on Friday, hiking downhill to Bright Angel Campground. We stopped at each of the four designated rest areas to remove our packs, enjoy a snack, take some photos, and use the restrooms (if available). The stops were "Ooh Ahh Point," "Cedar Ridge," "Skeleton Point," and "Tip Off." Saw lots of other hikers up and down the trails, including "rim runners." The trail terrain varies; some areas are nice and smooth, others have some rock, and there are places with wooden logs placed across the trail that require a step down. Some neat areas with switchbacks too, especially after Skeleton Point. It's highly recommended that trekking poles be used on this hike. After we crossed the bridge over the Colorado River, we found a campsite at Bright Angel Campground around 1:30pm,set up our tents, hanged our packs, and checked out Phantom Ranch. Bright Angel Creek runs alongside the campground, but there are spigots with water in between the campsites. Bathroom facilities with flushing toilets are available. There is a phone to make calls, but I had difficulty making long distance calls, it only went to an operator who is able to process local calls.

NOTE - There are no water sources along this trail and very little shade, so prepare accordingly and hike smart. Composite bathrooms are available at Cedar Ridge and Tip Off.

DAY TWO:
We hit the trail at 8:00am, heading north through "The Box." The trail is spectacular, following alongside the Bright Angel Creek and being surrounded by the rocky areas of the Grand Canyon, featuring layers of rock in a wide variety of colors. We took our time, hiking along and taking lots of photos. We even took a detour to check out Ribbon Falls which featured an amazing waterfall. We took a nice break here, removing our socks and shoes and soaking our feet in the cold water. We made it to Cottonwood Camp around 3:00pm and found a nice campsite. Most of the campsites are not shaded, but on the plus side it allows you to see the night sky with the stars and Milky Way, which is crystal clear without any artificial light getting in the way.

DAY THREE:
We packed up our tents and most of our gear before breakfast so that we could hit the trail at sunrise. Our final destination was North Kaibab Trailhead at the North Rim and we had quite a climb ahead of us and knew it would take a good portion of the day. We hit the trail around 7:45am and made numerous short stops to rest our legs and catch our breath. Manzanita rest area has bathrooms, a Ranger Station, and still had the water turned on (which is scheduled to be shut off by mid-November for the winter season). The Creek still flows along this site as well, though once you hit the trail again and head north, it begins to climb back up the Canyon and veer away from the Creek. Signs at Manzanita advised that water at Supai Tunnel was turned off, which means no more sources for water until we reached the Trailhead. We did stop at Supai Tunnel to remove our packs, have a snack and use the restroom, and had a friendly squirrel hoping for some free food handouts. We finally climbed to the top of North Kaibab Trail and reached the Trailhead around 2:30pm...legs feeling like Jell-O, feet a tad sore, but super stoked that we successfully finished the hike and conquered the Canyon!

I am planning to do more "Rim to Rim" hikes in the future, including one with my boyfriend sometime in the Fall of next year. October is a GREAT month for these types of hikes. The daytime temps are in the 80s, night temps are in the 50s, so the weather is perfect. Clear skies at night. My next Rim to Rim adventure will be SOBO, so I can experience North Kaibab downhill, stay a night at Indian Garden Campground, and hike up Bright Angel Trail.

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Hippy
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Hippy
Hiking26.00 Miles 6,150 AEG
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My galfriend Kish had never hiked grand canyon before. She wanted to do "the ultimate" hike haha

So she picked me up from south rim, we drove to north rim on Friday the 16th.
I stayed with my boyfriend in his dorm and kish stayed in Jacob lake lodge.

Jamie and I greatly enjoyed the north rim employee end of season party aka the survivor party haha
Imagine a rave...with a live band, fog machine, light up balloons and dozens of drunks....all packed inside the beautiful historic north rim lodge in the sun room!! Brightly the mule statue was wearing a top hat and had a kazoo!

Anyway...9am-ish
Jamie drove us in Kish's car to the NK TH and walked to coco overlook to see us off.

Kish kept my pace alllllll the way down until we hit "The Box" where we got rained on and were forced to hide under a ledge while hail pelted the bridge.

We made it to Phantom in 6 hours but I knew Kish was wearing thin.
We parked at the Canteen for an hour and enjoyed ibuprofen (for kish), lemonade, coffee and bananas. :)


We made it to Devil's Corkscrew before sunset and to the top of it after. Poor Kish was crawling.
We rested again at IG around 8pm!

Exactly 11:55pm Kish and I linked arms and stepped onto the asphalt at BA Trailhead.
Poor gal was in ruins but SO proud of herself.

The next morning Jamie packed his north rim room into Kish's rental car and drove back home to the south rim.

I imagine I'll be hiking a few more R2R to see him again next summer. Unless I head off that way too...
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Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship, AZ 
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Backpack34.00 Miles 8,830 AEG
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Met some friends at Phantom Ranch to share the 10 person cabin. The pipeline wasn't working so we didn't get to shower and we had to haul water to flush toilets. But that was a small price to pay to have AC when it's 103 out!

When Joel and I arrived most of our party had arrived. Two of our party didn't make it until after dinner. The fiancé had problems and was only hiking about 1 mile an hour. Unfortunately they had followed everyone else and had done the SK to Tonto to Bright Angel which is a lot for people not really used to hiking longer distances.

We stayed two nights and our middle day we hiked up to Ribbon Falls. The travertine dome is really cool! We stayed in the shade by the falls napping through the heat of the day.

During our trip we saw a few helicopters which reminded me of our fateful trip in November. It was hard to look at the rocks at the bottom of the gorge and not think of that night, as well. I figure over time things won't feel as raw.

Joel and I were to have spent two more nights in the Canyon but the heat would have been hard after getting used to the AC. So we climbed out with our full packets and dumped them for a side trip up Battleship. On the way we weren't on the main route and the going was slow. Joel almost stepped on a rattler. As we neared the route that goes up, Joel looked at one of the spots that wasn't the right one. He started towards it and I freaked out as it looked really hard and scared me. Thankfully, that was not the way and we found the correct class 3 route up which used a lot of caving moves. Soon we were on the top!

After our success, we went to dinner at the BA Lodge - had to wait FOREVER! Don't go! However, it was a good way to pass the time waiting for the couple who had a very slow ascent.

Overall, most of the group had a great time. It was a nice relaxing way to visit the Canyon. I can see why people like to stay in the cabins and have meals prepared for them :)
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Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship, AZ 
Phantom Ranch Ribbon Falls and Battleship, AZ
 
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It was hot.
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Hiking26.62 Miles 6,156 AEG
Hiking26.62 Miles
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Another rim-to-rim adventure in the books with a group of family and friends. Stayed at the North Rim lodge on Friday night, after an obligatory stop at Jacob Lake Inn for some cookies. Saw some bison out in the meadows on the approach to the park. Beautiful evening and perfect weather on the North Rim. I've never cared much for the food at the lodge on the North Rim, so we were happy to try out a new option--the Grand Canyon Cookout Experience. They took us by "train" (i.e., dressed up shuttle) to a large canvas tent structure a mile or so back from the lodge, where we had a buffet style western dinner with a little entertainment (western music, jokes, and magic trick or two). Food was at least as good as at the lodge (but obviously w/o the ambiance of looking over the canyon), and the entertainment was decent.

Went back to the lodge after dinner and enjoyed hanging around the fire on the patio and overlooking the canyon under the nearly full moon.

Hit the hay around 9:30. Slept like crap. (Note to self: don't volunteer to sleep on the futon bed again ....).

Alarm went off at 4:30. Filled my camelback bladder with ice. Temps were surprisingly warm.

Hit the North Kaibab trail at 5:36 a.m. with my two youngest kids (13 and 12). My son (13) did it with us last year and was wanting to push the pace. I didn't see him again till I got out on the other side. He crossed with my sister and they had a great and exhausting time.

I was planning to hike with my 12 y.o. daughter, Lindsay. She told me that was her plan as well, but then she promptly began hustling down the trail in the dark with my son and sister. I figured she'd run out of steam and I catch her at Supai tunnel. Wrong. Maybe at the Redwall Bridge? Nope. Finally, I decided I'd better affirmatively pick up the pace to cover the gap, and set out at a 12 min. mile pace over the next mile and half or so. Finally, caught up to her about 4.3 miles in, just before Roaring Springs. She had wisely let my son and sister pull away at their aggressive pace.

Lindsay and I hiked the remaining 21+ miles together, and she did AWESOME! We slowed to a much more leisurely pace, and took the side trip to Ribbon Falls. Being her first time, she was duly impressed, and I still find it an incredibly beautiful sight every time. I decided to "take a shower" this time, and climbed in the little alcove for a look around. The water was cold and refreshing.

On the way back to the trail, we decided to take our chances crossing the creek, rather than going back up and over the hill. We found a good place to rock hop across, though the rocks were a bit slippery. Long story short, I ended up slipping and taking a little spill in the creek. No damage other than some pride and soggy shoes/socks. My daughter made it across just fine, LOL!

We continued on to Phantom Ranch without incident and managed to get through the Box in the shade, before the sun made it down the western canyon wall. It wasn't too hot at Phantom yet (forecast high was 104), but the canyon walls were no longer providing any shade and we ate some lunch and changed our socks, before getting hit with the double-whammy: exposure to the heat and the 5,500 aeg that awaited on the other side of the Colorado. FYI: At Phantom, and down to the Silver Bridge, they are doing construction on the water line and have re-routed the trail a bit in several places.

Saw several rafts as we crossed the Colorado and hiked along the river trail. Several were docked at the mouth of Pipe Creek. We ran into a couple of hikers on the way out, who said they had rafted from Lee's Ferry over several days and were then dropped off at Pipe Creek to hike out to the top on Bright Angel. Kind of a cool "duathlon" of sorts.

We hit the bottom of Devil's Corkscrew, where the real fun usually begins. Lindsay marched up it like a champ. As we rounded the "corner" at the top and began the final ascent into Indian Garden, she remarked that she thought it was going to be harder.

We took a nice break at Indian Garden, where we had done an overnight backpack trip earlier this summer. So, she knew what she was in for from that point forward. I told her it's just like climbing Flat Iron, except not as steep! We marched off at a steady pace, and kept plugging away towards the rim. We had done about 24 miles by the time we reached 1.5 mi. resthouse. She decided to put down the hammer at that point and knocked off that next mile in 27 min. As we went through the final tunnel, she picked up the pace and jogged the final stretch out of the canyon. Several from our group were at the top and cheered her on, as we arrived in a little under 10 hours and 45 minutes total for the hike.

I could not have been prouder. Meanwhile, my son had finished in 7 hours and 23 minutes; had been to the Mather campground showers and back and was relaxing with other early arrivers from our group, and cheering folks on as they exited the canyon. I was impressed, and he felt good about his effort.

After more showers and dinner at Maswick lodge, the last of our group came out after nightfall and we headed back to Phoenix, arriving around 1:30 a.m.

It was a long, but very satisfying day. As we were driving home, Lindsay said she loves going to the National Parks because "everyone is so nice." By and large, I think she's right. Sure love the GC, and sharing it with family and friends makes it extra special.
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Sep 11 2015
Hippy
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Hippy
Hiking47.00 Miles 5,975 AEG
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Rim to Rim to Rim
SK to skeleton PT, down old Miners to the Tonto platform, down the kickass tapeats break to the river trail, across black bridge to Phantom, lemonade, down to the silver bridge, up and over "the kiva route" to the lower section of Utah Flats Route, back to Phantom, more lemonade, up NK to the rim, 4 hour nap, down NK to Cottonwood, 2 hour nap, no lemonade :( , down to Ribbon Falls, back to Phantom Ranch, still no lemonade!! It's dark, they're closed...on we March... Cross silver bridge, up old corkscrew, cross new BA at granite pools, up old BA to the Tonto, sneak into Indian Gardens, nap 2 hours? near Creek, up BA to Kolb Seep, left trail on "Kolb Route", intersect Upper Old BA aka Cameron Route, emerge just east of upper tunnel, quazi nap right there, crawl to original Trailhead beside Kolb Studio... No margaritas... Taxi took forever to get us home.

Sleeping for the next three weeks...except work at 8am tomorrow.... Meeehhhhhh
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Well, finally did this dream hike. It was NOT easy and I got a bit lucky to even attempt it. Made it to the backcountry office at opening and hoped to get myself a permit to stay at bright angel campground, and hopefully for cottonwood for night #2. Well apparently you have to contact the north rim backcountry office for cottonwood campground, so I decided to get a permit for 2 nights at the bright angel campground. Flew down South Kaibab, and setup my camp for the night. It rained on me most of the night, so much that water was coming in through the bottom of my tent. I woke up at 4 and had a decision: am I going to hike 28+ miles today do complete RTRTR? Well I thought I might as well give it a try. I put a poncho and off I was. It was rainy the whole morning, and afternoon, and the canyon had a beautiful mist to it! All the waterfalls were active and I was so happy I was doing this in the rain! Made it up to the north rim, snapped a few pictures and then started to head back down. Took a detour on the way back and hit ribbon falls. Had the whole place to myself! Got back to my campground with daylight to spare, and hiked out up Bright Angel in the morning. The North rim was amazing! I have hiked in the Grand Canyon so many times and only ever in the south rim area. Very happy to make it to the north rim. Once in a lifetime experience and I'm so happy I did it! People make this hike sound extremely difficult: it is, but if you're an experienced hiker, especially an Arizona experienced hiker, I really don't think it's all that difficult.
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Feb 07 2015
Hippy
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 Grand Canyon
Deva TempleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
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1st trip
First off... Bagged it!!!

Day 1: Jamie and I left South Kaibab TH around 7:30am made it to Phantom by 10am.
Up North Kaibab with a stop at Phantom Creek and the pretty falls there. (Note: don't drink from phantom creek untreated!! Bleh!)
Continued on to Ribbon Falls and Upper Ribbon Falls. I climbed up into Upper Ribbon and tested the depth of the pool quickly finding it to be half a hippy deep!! Set up at Cottonwood Camp well before sunset. Watched the moon rise over camp...wow. One night short of being Full!

Day 2: loaded up with 6 liters of water EACH then Jamie led the way back down almost to the Ribbon Falls bridge. Not far up trail from there we took a sharp left and plowed our way up a steep ridge of shale-y hell!! The initial 300ft of this ridge made me want to vomit especially with the extra water in my pack!
After what felt like a full transformation into a bighorn sheep we began a rather "easy" traverse deep into this side canyon. Shortly in you'll come across some cairns that cross the drainage and lead you up up up closer to the redwall! Almost there!!

The redwall break was boulders and trees and a few itty chimneys. Basically even with the bulky backpack I was having the time of my life! Very last little up climb Jamie went first and we hauled our packs up then I scrambled up smiling like a fool.
Up through the Supai to a GORGEOUS false saddle contour toward a very obvious supai break on the other side of this bowl up up up and BAM!! The most stunning campsite EVER. We arrived with 3 hours left until sunset on Brahma-Deva Saddle. Full Moon rose tonight...oh man...I might've cried. Watching the moon light up the entire canyon from way up there tucked away in this saddle between giants...

Day 3: we were lazy yesterday so opted to pack up camp and summit our Temple this morning. A scramble up the Supai the usual slip n slide up the Coconino,across a boulder field of bitey kaibab limestone then through a very convenient little coco chute with a happy beckoning pinyon pine shading our way then poof! Youre up!

A few minutes walk north into the trees and you find yourself at the least impressive summit register ever...
This was Jamie's first temple back in 2012 the register he signed has since been removed. A nalgene bottle with a crappy little notebook has replaced it. Only one other signature from 2014. Nothing exciting but oh the views were insane!!! We signed the book, cracked open our IPA (which I managed to spill shortly thereafter...luckily we both had a few swigs and he's still talking to me!) Then we were off are completing my usual exploratory summit circuit, more sliding down, rearranged our gear and packs (which we had cached near the supai break near the saddle this was our exit point toward Clear Creek.)
Down the Supai, traverse the redwall rim to another awesome redwall break on the east ish side of Brahma!! Have any of you been here?? Cuz you really should go. Its a blast! Boulders and chimneys and rabbit holes and chutes and pack lowering. Oh my!
The descent went by fast. We were in a sweet drainage that ended above Clear Creek camp in a massive Tapeats pouroff! We backtracked and followed a sheep route IP and over right onto the Clear Creek Trail. Sun had set by now but we walked on west in the last glow of daylight. We set up camp in the dark in the arms of Zoroaster Canyon. Did I mention time of my life?? Moon rise sneaking over Wotan's Throne. :)

Day 4: late start at 10am!! Made it to Phantom by 1pm. Almost 2 hours of coffee and lemonade and tons of junk food!! Ohmygod summer sausages tasted like heaven. Oh yeah remember those 6L each of water we had? Down to 1/4 liter when we got to phantom! Perfect!
Up and out bright angel followed by showers clean clothes and lots of beer tequila and burritos at Plaza Bonita!

To summarize: BAGGED MY FIRST TEMPLE WHOOOO! And best canyon trip ever by far.
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Dec 26 2014
Dave1
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ribbon Falls, AZ 
Ribbon Falls, AZ
 
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Dave1
Backpack31.00 Miles 7,300 AEG
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Camped at Mather CG the night before. The heater in our camper stopped working and it was a chilly 25 degrees (17 outside) when we woke up. Hard to get out of bed in those temps. Didn't hit the trail until 12:45p. No snow and very little ice on the S. Kaibab but cold and windy. Got to Cottonwood CG around 7pm. Only one other group there. Very cold night! 21 in the morning. More trouble getting out of the tent. On trail by 11am. Was never so glad to see the sun! Stopped at Ribbon Falls (the main point of the trip) on the way out. Had plans to spend a second night at Indian Garden but I convinced (begged?) my wife to push just a little more so we wouldn't have to spend another cold night in the canyon. Ever wear 2 backpacks? Topped out on the B. Angel around 8:30p. Dinner at Maswik after. The Navajo Taco is pretty good. I really overestimated our gear and ability to handle those cold temps.

Had plans to stay at the canyon for several days but without a heater it would have been miserable so back to Phx.

18th trip to the canyon this year! 26 hiking days and 8 nights.
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Sep 20 2014
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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John9L
Hiking24.06 Miles 5,313 AEG
Hiking24.06 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   3.03 mph
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I've wanted to hike rim to rim for years. The timing never worked out until now.

I drove up on Friday night and slept in my jeep. I arranged to take the Trans Canyon Shuttle on Saturday morning at 8am. The ride cost $85 and took 4.5 hours. We made a few quick stops and proceeded to the North Kaibab Trail. They dropped me off and I prepared for the trail. Most of the people on the shuttle were doing Rim to Rim but were starting the next morning. I hit the trail at 12:45pm and was off.

The first couple of miles are steep and slow going. I needed to warm up after the long ride and there were four mule trains making their way up. The weather was cool with overcast. There is a chance of rain later in day. I continued down and enjoyed the trail construction. They used a lot of dynamite! After a few miles the grade eases and my pace picked up. I then saw Roaring Spring and what a sight it is! The water gushes directly out of the Muav. Very cool! I didn't make the detour to the pump house. I wondered if it's worth it.

The rest of the way to Phantom blurred by. The North Kaibab Trail flattens out a little above Cottonwood and I made good time. I continued past Cottonwood and made a quick detour to Ribbon Falls. Very cool area! From there I proceeded down and passed through the Box. This section is a real treat! I continued and passed Phantom Canyon and saw a pack of deer grazing. A few minutes later around 5:15pm I arrived at Phantom Ranch. They were serving dinner & the outside area was vacant besides a woman reading a book. I sat down and had my sandwich and ice tea. While I ate there was a flash of lightning followed by thunder. It was a few miles away. I decided to proceed.

I crossed the Silver Bridge and headed west on the River Trail. It then started drizzling and slowly picked up. I put on my rain coat and continued as the weather took a turn for the worse. Thunder and lightning boomed overhead. The storm was almost right above me. I arrived at the Pipe Creek shelter and was going to stop but the rain slowed and my light was waning. I wanted to cover more trail before night set in. The next few miles poured by and the rain stopped for good. I followed the trail up canyon and headed up The Devils Corkscrew. I was able to follow the trail in very low light. I pushed it all the way to Indian Garden and arrived there at 7:10pm. I took a 15 minute break and topped off my water. During this time two guys from Lithuanian filled up on water. They wanted to camp but didn't know there was a permit system. They just hiked down and were turned back by the rangers. They had day packs and were just planning on sleeping wherever.

I started the hike up the final 4.5 miles with my headlamp. It was full blown darkness by this point. There will be no moon tonight. I could spot headlamps on the upper sections of the BA Trail. It was another amazing sight similar to my Half Dome experience back in June. I continued up and passed several groups. Everyone was using a light. I shut mine off a few times to admire the stars and everything was so dark! I turned my light back on and headed up. It felt good when I completed each layer and before long I passed through the tunnels and arrived back on the rim. It was 9:15pm.

This was a good hike and I'm glad I did it but probably wouldn't hike it again. I really enjoyed hiking up BA in the dark. The lighter crowds made the hiking much more enjoyable! The shuttle was very convenient. They said this is the first season they offer the south to north shuttle at 8am. Give it a try.
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Sep 09 2014
JohnB67
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 Tucson,Az
Ribbon Falls from Phantom RanchNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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JohnB67
Hiking12.45 Miles 2,175 AEG
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Outstanding hike to Ribbon falls thank God for the cloud cover weather perfect
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Barrett
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 Phoenix, AZ
GCNP Ribbon Utah Battleship, AZ 
GCNP Ribbon Utah Battleship, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 12 2014
Barrett
Backpack42.00 Miles 9,868 AEG
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Day 1 - 15.7 miles - After a breezy 44 degree night under the stars outside Tusayan, I entered the park early enough for it to be free and soon headed down the South Kaibab. Taking a break out on the Cedar Ridge end point, I let the Canyon sink into my brain for a bit before heading down to Phantom Ranch for lunch under a shaded picnic table. From there I continued up North Kaibab to Ribbon Falls, only to find it temporarily closed for a Zuni ceremony. I had to wait just around the bend from the falls with a guy named Randy from Macon, Georgia, who had been there 29 years ago with his brother. We lay on our backs in the shade, listening to the songs reverberate off the natural amphitheater overhead for an hour before we were allowed to finally enter. 8) Their creation story describes the first people emerging from the cave at the base of moss covered travertine monolith, and I personally can't think of a better place to call sacred than where we stood. I ducked into the cave, climbing to the window and poking my head out, the cold water a curtain in front of my view of the canyon beyond. :y:
Cottonwood Camp was only another 1.5 miles, so I set up camp and had dinner, returning for a sunset walk to the falls for some moonlight/LED photography. I can't say the pictures turned out very well, my sensor and LED's are too small and the falls are too big, but it made for an interesting adventure.
Day 2 - 8.6 Miles - After a morning trip to the falls, I cruised down North Kaibab to Phantom for another wonderful lunch under the shady tree before watering up (170 ounces) for my first trip up Utah Flats. The first half was like climbing a sand dune with a heavy pack, and Piano Alley was like climbing up a huge pile of (you guessed it) pianos with that same heavy pack. I found a nice flat spot at the saddle just southwest of the red rock basin, set up camp and soon was wandering around checking out the area. The small knoll just northeast of Piano Alley commanded awesome views in every direction, and I hung out there for the sunset. :D
Day 3 - 10.5 Miles - I had planned to bag Cheops Pyramid at dawn, but...
1) From where I stood, the southern ramp looked gnarly. My awesome wife K and I recently celebrated 25 years, and I'd like to be around to go for Gold.
2) My left heel, already sporting a whopper moleskin, did not like the look of that long off-camber talus approach one bit.
3) Bagging Cheops would mean I would miss the Golden Hour of light at the Utah Flats red rock basin.

Suffice to say I had a blast meandering around the sculpted forms with my new camera before breaking camp and heading back down. Another lunch at Phantom, this time under the shade tree just east of the stables near the silver bridge. From there it was up the Bright Angel, where I chatted up a group of Mung people in custom black silk uniforms ( :-k ), as well as joining Tom (Illinois), and Jenna (Tennessee) for the walk up to Indian Gardens.
At camp I met future HAZ member Roger from Phoenix, who had also planned his trip around the full moon. He was up for the trip out to Plateau Point for the sunset/moonrise, so we headed out and had a great time. After the sun went down, we had the place to ourselves, the conversation and beverages flowed. (simply mix Vodka with Indian Gardens water, add Smuckers Natural Concord Grape Jelly, shake vigorously until dissolved, and enjoy. Pretty Smuckin' good). The full moon walk back was the perfect last night in the Canyon.
Day 4 - 7.5 Miles - Roger headed out for a 26 mile dayhike to Granite Rapids (yeah, he'll fit in here on HAZ just fine), and I bopped up to the 2 mile switchback to access the Battleship route for my first trip there. Once again, my pack, though getting lighter, still made this less fun than it could have been. I carried it as far as the chimney, hoping it would be safe from critters for a few minutes while I went up. The climb was great, solid rock, little exposure, and a great summit. After taking in the scenery, I headed down, finding my pack undisturbed , and returned to the Bright Angel. The rim arrived soon, and I celebrated another safe return with the two Pyramid brews I had in my truck (still cool!), sitting below the edge along the Rim Trail by the Worship Site. 8)
A perfect trip. As always I'm torn between wanting to return to the same amazing places, or exploring new ones. Cheops looks much easier when viewed from the south, and someday I'll return. A dayhike from Bright Angel camp seems like a better way to do it.
Till then, I'll hike around Phoenix, and have some great adventures. But in the back of my mind, the Canyon will always call to me, a timeless sacred place that my words, my pictures, my videos will do no justice.

P.S. Not that I don't try. http://youtu.be/5O1toDCfdxI
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Nov 15 2013
clairebear
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 Tempe, AZ
Grand Canyon Backpacking, AZ 
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clairebear
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The canyon is lovely, dark and deep, and I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep,... miles to go before I sleep.
So, cheesy old poem refernce keep me awake when I was hiking from phantom ranch to cotton wood.

Ok, so I was really looking forward to this trip that my friend Loni organized, since I have only done one day hike so far in the Grand Crack :)

It turned out to be my friend Loni, LL, and Loni's friends Steve and Carolyn whom I have never met before, but was now about to backpack with for 4 days and three nights ^^^. It was a great group of people, but I think Steve may have apprecieted another dude.

*** The plan was to leave on Thursday after work and stay with our friend LL whose BF Bob has a house in Flagstaff, so that we could leave early on Friday morning. We all left later than planned, ( since we arrived in Flagstaff around midenight the night before.! )

11/15
Got to the Grand Canyon sometime that morning and its super cold on the south rim obviously. We took the south kaibab trail into the canyon and set up a nice camp along the stream in Bright Angel campground. Listen to a lecture that night and then I immediently left to grab a brew at the cantina. ~

11/16
~ a nice day hike up to check out Utah Flats from our camp. we stashed our things at the ranger station so we did not have to haul it on our hike since we were just gonna leave and hike over to Cottonwood directly afterwords.

** Trip Highlight***

On this morning I was mistaken for a fish scientist at the Cantina. I learned that there were fish scientists to come tackle the overpopulation of invasive trout in the creek. So anyhoo the scientists were basically electrocuting the trout and then smoking them ( and expirementing with different brines lol ) We grabbed some smoked trout from the ranger station and they were very tastly on our break up utah flats!

Later that night.

The walk to Cottonwood felt very long and I was tired. From the trail we could see the lights at the South Rim. I entertained ( tortured) my friends by reciting east coast poetry and song lyrics like Billy Joel and Edgar Allen Poe and the aforementioned Robert Frost Poem. ^^^.

11/16.

Left Cotton wood to hike back to Bright Angel. Stop off to admire the Ribbon Falls since this is on the way.

*** Highlight of the day ***

My new friend Joe informed me on the Kaibab trail that the cantina would be closing at such and such a time. I decided that since I was out of beer that I would REALLY LIKE A BEER. Therefore all of the sudden a switch was turned on and I booked it back to the phantom ranch, when normally I cannot be too bothered to go fast.
I made it back in record time and had an hour and a half to relax at the cantina with my lager. well ahead of my (non alcohalic ) amigos :P


11/18 we had to pack up and walk out.
The hike up bright angel is brutal! I could have stayed in the canyon for more time~
Going back to civilization is always a rude awakening :(

anyhoo,
The smoke fish was lovely *** THANK YOU SCIENTISTIS.
Also, so was the Cantina! A lager never tasted as good as when I was stranded at phantom ranch :)
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squatpuke
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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squatpuke
Hiking21.00 Miles 6,200 AEG
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SK >> NK

A coworker informed me that she was doing an R2R and had asked me if I would key swap. Of course I was very interested and agreed, looking forward to actually climbing UP North Kaibab for my second R2R. I recruited two other work buddies from work, Matt and Chris. Both very capable (in fact, Chris had already done an R2R2R before).

I happened to have my kids this weekend, so I had to find and arrange 3 sleepovers different sleepovers. This task proved more daunting than the hike itself, but all the pieces were starting to fit together. Then the sickness hit.

The night before, I had a decent sore throat and considered backing out. Since I was slated to drive, the opposing party already had my key. I woke up at 3am, coughed out some green throat buggers and dreaded what I knew was about to come.

We hit the trail about 5:45am and got out around 3pm. That's counting some leisurely break time at both Phantom and Cottonwood. The trip down was beautiful and my head cold didn't slow me down until we arrived at Cottonwood.

The gentle grade from Phantom to Cottonwood was nice and we were in the shade most of the way. We saw our counterparts and exchanged a laugh, they informed us there were cold beverages in their cooler in the car at the North parking lot, we felt bad we hadn't done the same for them (they over-nighted on Friday and had leftovers I guess).

I took a side trip to my first visit of Ribbon Falls and it was well worth it, glad I did.

At Cottonwond, I nursed a blister with Matt's roll of duct tape, soaked my feet in the creek and changed outta my heavy boots and into my Keen's. I was feeling pretty good when we left, but that quickly changed as the steepness increased; I could tell the rest of my day would suck. I told Matt and Chris to speed on ahead; the plan was to meet at Roaring Springs where we all took another quick break together (see pic). Again I advised them to move on without me, and meet up at Suapi Tunnel. The suffering was substantial with stuffy, head breathing and an achy knee as I made my way up the Redwall and Suapi. Overall my pace was decent. I caught up to the other two Goobers at Suapi Tunnel conversing with a tribe of 4 ladies of the cougar species.

We hiked out together at my slow pace and enjoyed the cold beverages waiting for us in the car exchange.

We stopped at Jacob Lake for a well deserved sandwich and chocolate malt.

Overall a beautiful day and and a memorable trip.
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Jul 20 2013
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Ribbon FallsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking2.68 Miles 1,696 AEG
Hiking2.68 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   1.55 mph
1,696 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Took the "less popular" detour to Upper Ribbon Falls while travelling from the North Rim to Phantom Ranch. The trail is faint as it leaves the bridge to the north but can't be missed as it diagonals back up the hill. Near the top leave the trail to get a great view of Ribbon Falls.

It's a nice walk up the valley to a beautiful falls. I sat in the pool at the bottom to cool off! That welcome effect in mid-July wore off by the time we made it back to the N.Kaibab Trail.
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