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 Phoenix, AZ
TabernacleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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BiFrostTriplogs 1,070
Backpack28.50 Miles 8,348 AEG
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Joined Lee, Dave and Spencer for The Tabernacle and a float. Kathy helped us with the shuttle and started early from Lipan Point down Tanner Trail about 415am. We made really good time down to Tanner Beach arriving just before 8. Then started the Escalante Route to below Basalt Rapid and our put in spot. Filled up the packrafts and floated to Unkar Delta with some relatively flat water most of the way.

Portaged across Unkar Delta to avoid the rapid and checked out a ruin along the way. Once on the other side it was back in the river and another float to Rattlesnake Canyon and the approach to The Tabernacle. We took a break and setup our day packs. Then headed up what turned out to be a great trail all the way to The Tabernacle summit. Arriving on the summit just before 2pm it was pretty hot. The other goal was to hike Solomon Temple as well but based on the heat and time we decided to save it for another trip. We headed back down the same way and the beach to our boats. Took another break before starting the next float.

We had several more floats and a few portages rest of the way and eventually went to Hance. Great way to eliminate some of the extra hiking and enjoy some float time without messing with any of the rapids. Hiking out New Hance Trail was also great way to exit the canyon. Really fun trip and an interesting way to see this section of the canyon!!
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[ checklist ] Hance Rapids Solomon Temple
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TabernacleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Two distinct summits viewed from Ochoa Ridge back in early March caught my eye, so naturally they were added to my ever growing todo list of Canyon summits. The summits that caught my eye were the Tabernacle and Solomon Temple. Although, at the time, I actually misidentified Solomon Temple and called it Sheba. Either way, I knew I wanted to get back for the two prominent summits in an area of the Canyon that I had not spent that much time in. I cross loaded from my usual Canyon partners for the two objectives and went with a team of Karl, Dave and Spencer. Our initial plan was for a Tabernacle and Solomon linkup in a semi ambitious overnight trip utilizing a creative variation of the Escalante Route.

A 4:15 a.m. start from Lipan Point after setting up our shuttle with Kathy in the morning. We made it to the river in 3 hours and 45 minutes and walked another 20 or so minutes to the end of Basalt Rapids and launched our boats there. The float to Rattlesnake went smoothly and we enjoyed it. In particular, I liked the portage through Unkar and the prehistoric sites along the way, to include a pretty dilapidated granary that was visible from the river just after our portage at Unkar. After filtering ample water and taking a few minutes to rest, we were off for the Tabernacle by 12:15. It only took us an hour and 20 minutes to reach the summit, but we were feeling the heat after the steep ascent. After a quick discussion, we all agreed we could probably gut out Solomon Temple too, but we decided that getting back to the river and enjoying our surroundings was more appealing than another 2 hours or so in the heat, tacked on to our steep descent. The descent seemed to get warmer with every step we took and it was a bit of a knee rattler, so we were all relieved to get back to the river and our sliver of shade at Rattlesnake Beach.

With our new found confidence on the river, we decided to remove much of the walking from our itinerary and ended up floating to Hance Rapid, which included several portages and more spectacular scenery and good times. An incredible way to see the Canyon. It had been 8 years since I hiked the full length of New Hance from the river, so it was like a new trail to me and I actually enjoyed our final leg out of the Canyon.

A fantastic weekend in the Canyon with another good group. We have had a productive spring in the Canyon. I can't wait to get back to this area for a few days with the float and approach beta dialed in. So much for shoulder season, it's getting hot up there.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Escalante RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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jacobemerickTriplogs 199
Hiking25.10 Miles 7,292 AEG
Hiking25.10 Miles   15 Hrs   52 Mns   2.27 mph
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After a poor four hours of sleep along FR 682, finished the drive to a frighteningly windy Lipan Point and got my gear ready for a 3AM start. Had second thoughts, then third thoughts, and hopped on the bike before fourth thoughts. The wind knocked me all over the road, made the downhill sections feel like flat ground, turned the uphill sections borderline impossible, and the 6.5 mile ride took close to an hour. Stowed the bike, kissed the ground, and started the hike proper at 4AM.

New Hance
Wind became manageable shortly after dropping below Coronado Butte. No ice or seasonal damage to note. Trail was easy to follow in the dark. Steep sections, coupled with my water-heavy pack (an overly-cautious 10L), had my knee barking in short order. Think I prefer going up this one, assuming proper hydration. Made slow time and didn't reach the river until 7:40AM, which happened to be exactly when a group of campers were packing up for their day.

Escalante
As I was going W -> E, the first milestone was Papago Wall. There was a very tempting trail that stuck to the beach that I almost followed (my knee was v unhappy after that descent), tho it doesn't seem to go all the way through? Heading up the scree was surprisingly easy, and dropping down the other side was also no biggie. I am not comfortable with climbing/scrambling, especially solo, and the two climbs were both near the bottom and easy to do butt-in or butt-out, depending on comfort level. After that was Seventy-Five Mile (slot) Canyon, which was pretty neat. However, by the time I reached Escalante Creek it was 10AM (way behind schedule) and I was struggling (stupid knee) so I took an extended break to re-evaluate my planned day.

The break helped (ate a bunch of food, took some Ibuprofen, costume change, guzzled a few liters) so I decided to continue. Climbing up and through Escalante Creek and around 4352' felt good, and cruising down the other side with the fantastical colors and rolling hills of Furnace Flats was borderline spiritual. Speaking of, the furnace was definitely cooking today, and the winds across the open land were welcome. Reached Tanner Beach around 3PM (now a full 2 hours behind schedule) and filtered a few liters before the climb.

Tanner
I loved this trail. Plus I was pushing a lot of water (drank a liter almost every mile), so there was no chance of cramps. At first I thought it would be Hermit-esque, with a few big climbs separated by long traverses, but it was a lot more gradual, easy to stick to a pace, and the Supai section was dominated by Cardenas & Escalante Buttes. Even that grind for the last 1.5 miles felt good. Compared to New Hance & Grandview, this trail is an excellent shape. Finished up under the full moon with a big smile.

Had serious doubts about this one. 10L should have been enough for me in good conditions, but the wind & knee conspired to slow me down. Luckily the Colorado was clear enough for some quick filters and I was able to keep well-hydrated, and that "reset" at Escalante Creek really helped make this a wonderful experience.
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[ checklist ] Escalante Creek Red Canyon

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Escalante Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Two small trickles along the trail. With patience and some digging you could probably pull some water out.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Trickling water from "spring" all the way to where the trail first enters the creek, then it's dry to the River.

dry Tanner Canyon Dry Dry
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 Tempe, AZ
New Hance TrailNorthwest, AZ
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A Tanner-Grandview backpack cut short due to a hiking partner's knee issue we needed to ascend the Red Canyon (New Hance) Trail. I had sworn off of this punkin' trail about 20 years ago when I descended it, and with a 5-day, bad weather backpack I reaffirmed my disdain. It was a beast uphill with a backpack. Not for the faint.
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 Gilbert, AZ
New Hance to Grandview, AZ 
New Hance to Grandview, AZ
 
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ddgrunningTriplogs 422
Hiking24.78 Miles 5,689 AEG
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I have eyed this loop for some time, and in my mind labeled it a "varsity-level" version of the South Kaibab-Bright Angel loop. What a great trip.

Drove up to Tusayan late Friday afternoon, after picking up my hiking partner in Prescott Valley. The only snag was that there was an accident on I-40, and literally as soon as we merged onto the freeway, it became a parking lot. At one point, the maps app on my phone was saying that the fastest way to get to the point 8 miles east on I-40, was to go back to Prescott, circle over and up I-17 and the drive back on I-40--4.5 hours. Oy!

Luckily, the traffic jam didn't last too long and we made it to our hotel in Tusayan, albeit a bit later than planned.

A short night had us up at 4:30 a.m. Not having hiked New Hance before, I had read that the trail can be particularly indistinct and I didn't want to risk navigating in the dark. So, the plan was to hit the trailhead around 6 am--shortly before sunrise, but with plenty of light. Left the hotel shortly after 5 a.m.

We drove to the Grandview trailhead and then mounted our bikes for the 5.5 mile ride over to the New Hance TH. It was 23 degrees at 5:30 a.m. when we began pedaling under the full moon. Although the ambient temps were cold, the air was still (no wind), so it wasn't bad at all. Luckily, the road from Grandview to New Hance is mostly downhill :D . Locked the bikes up in the woods and shed some layers, then headed to the rim.

I had tried to call the backcountry office for intelligence on the trail conditions (ice/snow), but it's pretty tough to get through there (or maybe I just have bad luck). I emailed as well, but got no response. I knew it hadn't snowed in a couple of weeks, so I figured the trails wouldn't be too bad, but we brought the microspikes just in case. Only need them for about 1/4 mile at the top of New Hance going down.

We arrived at the rim on New Hance just as the sun was reflecting back from the tops of the east-facing walls of the canyon--a gorgeous view, along with Coronado Butte on full display, with Vishnu Temple staring back from the north side of the Canyon.

The trail turned out to be no problem to follow, though I suppose it might be more challenging to navigate going uphill.

Didn't see a soul until about 2.5 miles in, when we crossed paths with a group who was on day 5 of their backpacking trip, starting from Lipan Point and the Tanner Trail.

Shortly thereafter, we came across another couple who was purportedly hiking out. They were there with a ranger and said they were "about done." I wasn't sure how to interpret that, but based on the ranger's demeanor, she seemed to think they needed more of a kick in the pants, rather than a helicopter.

The ranger asked to see our permits. When we explained that we were just day hiking, and told her our planned route, she wished us well and told us we better get going b/c we had a long day ahead.

Indeed, we had admittedly been lollygagging, taking lots of photos and enjoying the views on the way down. We promised to pick up the pace once we got on the Tonto.

Red Canyon is quite striking. Enjoyed the vivid walls as we made our way to the river. There was actually some water running in Red Canyon.

Hit Hance Rapids after about 3.5 hours, and had the place to ourselves. Some great camping spots on the sandy bluff above the river.

We filtered a liter of water from the river, which was running green, just in case, as our next opportunity would presumably at Hance Creek.

The Tonto was as expected. There is a section where we wandered through a large boulder garden, with the boulders eroded in really strange and cool shapes. On rock had a large, eroded overhang with a tongue sticking out underneath, as if custom made for a shaded seat.

As we wound around Ayer Point and up the Hance Creek drainage, we overtook another group that had begun at Tanner and was making their way several days later to Hance Creek for the night, before exiting the Canyon on our planned route.

We eventually hit Hance Creek, where we filtered another liter and pulled off the shoes and socks to give the feet a bit of a breather.

After a rest, we headed up towards Page Spring, where the climbing begins in earnest. The trail up is steep and rocky. At the turn off for Page Spring, I half-wanted to wander over to see what remained after the roof collapsed a couple of years ago, but my hiking partner wasn't interested and I was happy to conserve the energy as well.

We took breaks at the two major mine entrances and checked them out.

Once on the Mesa, we took the short side trip to Pete Berry's cabin remains. Then from there, the work resumed in earnest to climb out. The traverse along the Cottonwood Creek drainage had several washouts that made navigation a little more taxing. Then, once we reached the cobblestone stairclimbers, we were happy to have our microspokes, and wore them the last couple of miles to the top.

Watching the sunset light up the west-facing walls of the Canyon was a nice bookend to the day. From the top part of Grandview, we could look down and see the Colorado winding its way well off in the distance towards Tanner rapids.

Arrived at the Grandview TH around 6:15 pm, tired but very satisfied.

A quick drive to New Hance to retrieve the bikes, then it was on towards home. Arrived back in the valley a little after 11 pm, happy to have logged another great adventure in this natural wonder of the world!
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Escalante Route-ish, AZ 
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Backpack26.46 Miles 8,135 AEG
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This trip was a condensed 3 day/2 night trip along the Escalante Route. We entered the canyon on the Tanner Trail, took the Escalante Route west and then exited the canyon on the New Hance Trail.

Day 1:

With a slightly late start, we left Lipan Point and headed down the Tanner Trail at 10:00 AM. The weather was clear and sunny with temps in the 40's. The first mile of the trail was covered with ice and snow that made traction a necessity. This was my first time using Black Diamond's Blitz spikes (fore-foot only) and they performed well. Our pace was slowed by the ice and we managed to cover just a single mile within the first hour. After that the ice gave way to a great trail that descended into the canyon. Camp was set at Tanner beach, where the Colorado was running a beautiful blue-green shade. There is a pit toilet there as well as several dispersed areas for single tents. Total mileage for the day was 8 with a descent of 5070'.

Day 2:

This was our longest day of the trip and the goal was to hike the entirety of the Escalante Route down to Hance Rapids. Weather was slightly cloudy which helped keep things relatively cool throughout the long stretches of sun exposure. The first 3 miles of trail meander near the Colorado before turning south and heading higher in elevation. Around this point the trail splits into a high route and a low route. I'd recommend taking the high route to check out the ruins of a stone building on top of the hill that overlooks Unkar Creek Rapids. Shortly thereafter the trail skirts the edge of a ~600' cliff with amazing views of the Colorado.
From this point on the main climb of the day started. We hiked up along a red ridge before cresting over and dropping down to Escalante Creek. This is a great spot to take lunch, but don't be tempted by the immediate access to the Colorado. Once you reach the river, hang a left (down stream) and you'll find Escalante Beach. It's a beautiful crescent-shaped beach that we only noticed once we had continued hiking and the trail climbed back up the canyon wall. Next time, I guess. We were soon greeted with the mouth of 75 Mile Canyon and a breath taking view down to the floor below. From here the trail skirted the eastern rim until we reached a point at the end where we could safely drop into the slot canyon. Being surrounded by narrow and towering walls was a nice change of pace after spending the morning in the expanse of the main canyon. Once we exited 75 Mile we were back in the pattern of dropping down to the river, and climbing up from the river.
The next big feature of the day was the Papago Wall. After dropping down to the river again (surprise!) we were a little disappointed by the wall's diminutive size. Reports that we had read, and videos that we had watched, all hyped up the climb up the Papago Wall, but it was a quick and easy task for everyone in the group. The Papago Slide, however, lived up to the hype and was a nice descent to navigate down to our camp at Hance Rapids. Like Tanner Beach, there were several small sites hidden amongst the vegetation as well as one large one. I really enjoyed pitching my tent on a soft and sandy surface compared to the rough patches I've become used to here in Arizona. Total mileage for the day was 12.4 with a climb of 2798' and a descent of 2548'.

Day 3:

Our final day of the trip was the shortest with regards to miles, but the toughest when it came to elevation gained. The New Hance Trail starts in the wash of Red Canyon before heading up the canyon wall at roughly mile 1.5. Save yourself some time and head straight to the wash from camp rather than trying to bushwack your way to the trail like we did. This was a long grind of a hike but the ever-changing views kept me motivated. I've never hiked on another stretch of trail that had such vivid colors from the rocks, sand, canyon walls, and vegetation. The trail was very easy to follow until roughly the 3 mile/5000' point and then it became more of a route where I relied on cairns and footprints to guide me. Most of the final stretch is up the higher reaches of Red Canyon where you come close to hitting the saddle before turning south and switchbacking up the final ~1000' to the edge of the rim. Traction was needed for the last ~1/8 of a mile. When we left Lipan Point on Friday morning Sunday's forecast was calling for a 60% chance of rain in the canyon and snow on the rim. Much to our surprise and satisfaction this was completely wrong and we were able to hike out on a clear and sunny morning. Total mileage for the day was 6 with a climb of 4734'.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Grandview - Tonto - New Hance, AZ 
Grandview - Tonto - New Hance, AZ
 
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jacobemerickTriplogs 199
Hiking28.73 Miles 6,094 AEG
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Been a few months since an adventure, so decided to ease back into things. This wasn't a good way to do that.

Road Walk
Parked at the fire road by New Hance Trail and headed west on 64 a bit after 3AM. Was heckin' cold, and my chattering teeth woke up several herds of elk along the road, and their bugles, grunts, clattering, and smells wafted through the dark forest, keeping me company on the otherwise-lonely connection. Reached Grandview ahead of schedule and took a little celebratory break.

Grandview Trail
Eastern horizon was just starting to lighten at the start, and I needed two lights to navigate the crazy twists and turns down. Loved this trail. A few washouts on the Supai layer that were tricky to work around in the dark, nothing worth getting too worried about. Reached Horseshoe Mesa before the sunrise and checked out a few of the remains. Cool area, already thinking about returning with a kid or two and wasting a few hours poking around up here.

Cottonwood Connector
Unsure of the exact name, but it had a sign and is on the map and was well-defined, so here it is. Crumbly thing, no washouts, and was pretty easy to track the whole way down. As expected, once it hits Cottonwood Creek the path disappears and one just follows the creek, which was dry until the spring.

Tonto Trail
Really enjoyed this, circling all the way around Horseshoe Mesa. Well-defined, easy walking, and starting bumping into a few backpackers who were starting to get moving. Watered up at Hance Creek to full capacity (4L), which would not be enough, and I kinda knew it would not be enough... more on that later. Rest of Tonto dragged, even though there were interesting sights along the way, and I was pretty happy to reach Red Canyon and the Big Muddy around noon. Took a nice lunch break under a mesquite tree and pretended that the rest of the hike was gonna be a quick climb with the 2L of water I had remaining.

New Hance Trail
Slogging up the rocky Red Canyon was tough. Did bump into the infamous @bifrost / @slowandsteady duo, was great to see them in person even if I was feeling light-headed and fatigued. Heard a rumor there was a spring beyond where the trail picks up, so I stuck in the canyon a short distance further, turned around too early, got stuck in a drainage... I was making stupid decisions. Eventually got back on trail and practically crawled uphill, sipping water every 30m or so. Struggle bus was strong. What I assumed would be a 3 hour hike up New Hance turned into a 7+ hour death march. Trail was fine, really in great shape, with a few level sections to alleviate the grind, the problem was all me. Finished the last 20 minutes by headlamp and dragged my cramping body back to the parked car.

I would highly recommend doing this loop in reverse. Everything makes sense for a CCW loop, especially the water situation.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Okay flow near Tonto. Better flow upstream closer to the marked spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hance Creek Light flow Light flow
Good flow, plenty of pools to pull from near Tonto.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hance Rapids Medium flow Medium flow
Colorado was running chocolate-brown.

dry Mineral Canyon Dry Dry

dry Red Canyon Dry Dry
Dry along length of New Hance Trail. There is a spring upstream of trail's bank departure, looks promising, did not verify amount.
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 Phoenix, AZ
New Hance TrailNorthwest, AZ
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Hiking13.49 Miles 5,335 AEG
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We were looking to do something in the canyon but not an overnight so why not New Hance Trail as rim to river and back. The mileage is less than doing BA and SK but this trail is in a different category. We had hiked it before so at least we knew what to expect. Late start just after 930 since we drove up from Phx in the morning. Upper part of New Hance is very steep and slow going even downhill. We did have shade almost until reaching the red wall. Took a break there before continuing down to what we consider the easier part of the trail below the red wall. Some of our favorite stretch on New Hance is the Red Canyon proper which is like walking on the red planet. Final stretch is 1.5 miles down to the river where we ran into @jacobemerick and had a good conversation who was doing even a bigger loop Grandview and New Hance. Unfortunately it was getting hot so we didn't stop too long and continued on to the river. Found a shade tree to take our lunch break. First thing we noticed was the color of the Colorado which was a tan color. I've only seen it darker brown so that was different.

After lunch we started backup Red Canyon drainage which was quite warm by now just after 3pm. Even in the heat it's still a beautiful canyon and we enjoyed the hike back up trail. As we approached the bottom of the red wall started to get some welcome shade. Took another break on the red wall at the same spot from the morning. All shade by this time which was a good thing because when we did a water check we were both very low. Kathy had 1 liter and I only had 1/2 liter for 3 miles and 2500 feet of climbing. We also knew it would probably get dark before finishing so we were ready for that. On the plus side it was cooling off nicely and was able to make that 1/2 liter go a long ways. About 1 mile from the rim we took out the headlamps and turned them on about 15 minutes later around 645. Have to say it was very pleasant canyon hiking at night for that last stretch. We messed around with some night shots as we passed through the Coconino layer and generally took our time. Finally on top and another good canyon hike done!
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Hiking28.59 Miles 7,665 AEG
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Been wanting to do this one for awhile, so jumped on the opportunity when a friend was organizing a trip. Started before 4am, so I still haven't really seen Tanner Trail... Campers were just stirring when we got to Tanner Beach.

Trail was pretty easy to follow most of the way. 75 mile canyon was nice. Got to Papago by 11:30am. Quick climb up the wall and down the slide to Hance Beach. Wall/Slide really weren't a big deal, and I thought I get sketched out too easily. Stopped at the beach for lunch.

As we were starting up Red Canyon, the gusts finally started, which made the hike up a little more interesting. New Hance is always a good grind after leaving the creek bed. Tired at the end, but thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

dry Escalante Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
There's a good trickle in the slickrock area where New Hance drops in.
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Minimal snow at both New Hance and Tanner. Did route clockwise.
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Finally made this trip after talking about it for a while. We did Escalante Route starting from Lipan Point after we setup the shuttle from New Hance trailhead. Down Tanner trail about 1030 with a little bit of snow in the top section. Great trail so we made it to camp relatively early which was Tanner Beach. Good camp but a bit cold with some frozen slush in the water bag.

All packed we started on the Escalante Route downstream first passing the ruin above Cardenas and a short break. Great views as we climbed away from the river and across the long traverse into Escalante Creek. Took a break at the beach of Escalante Creek and the river. Then continued down river to Seventyfive Mile Creek which was very cool section. Fun hike along the rim and the drop into the canyon following the narrows back out to the river. From there another traverse over to Papago Wall. Once at the wall I heard someone yell Karl and looked up to see my friend Joel @RedwallNHops and his group. Always fun when you run into hiking friends unexpectedly and chatted for a while. It was getting late so we continued up the wall and down the slide which took some time. Papago Slide is pretty loose and steep especially with big packs. After that about 1 mile to camp at New Hance Rapids.

Another nice night in camp and this time water did not freeze. Next morning we packed up and hiked out New Hance. John was a little ways ahead and managed to get the other shuttle vehicle by the time we reached the rim. Great trip!
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 Tempe, AZ
New Cottonview, AZ 
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Fun weekend in the canyon. The others started while I set up the shuttle. The snow on the top slowed us down a bit, but otherwise was a great trip down. I forgot how rough things were above the redwall.

Kyle did his best 9L and got to camp ahead of another group to assure the prime campsite. Sadly the mice did not come out and entertain us.

Sunday we had a big day over to Cottonwood. I had found a new route to the Tonto from the end of the beach. I think this is the official route and the higher routes have developed over time. Satellite shows a spider web of options. I liked this way, great views over the beach. Took an hourlong lunch at Hance Creek just as it was getting a little bit warm. High clouds filtered the sun for a very pleasant trip around the horseshoe.

We were alone at Cottonwood and enjoyed a great spot along the creek. Karl and I ventured downstream as far as we could. I knew there were bypasses necessary to get to the river, but was surprised how far we got before getting stopped. No time to do bypasses, so we headed back to camp.

Monday we hiked out, witnessing the damage from last fall's fire in the Cottonwood drainage. The upper campsites are charred. I'm not sure if the cottonwoods survived. We can hope.

The climb to the mesa was rough. I wasn't ready for that grade so early in the day! After that Grandview is awesome. I was surprised that we hit solid snow at 5,600ft and was happy to have decided to carry traction. There were stretches that I think might have been impossible without it.

Passed a LEO ranger who checked our permit! I love it when they're out on the trails!

Got to snooze on the way home because Karl drove! Woot! Thanks! :)
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 Phoenix, AZ
New Cottonview, AZ 
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Another great weekend in the canyon! Initially the weather forecast was questionable but as the trip got closer it turned to near perfect conditions. We hiked in New Hance Trail around noon while Chumley setup the car shuttle for us and later caught up part way down the trail. New Hance is tough and reminded me a lot of Boucher's descent but still spectacular. The red wall break was awesome, with a nice ramp down to Red Canyon and last two miles hiking in the wash to the river. Arriving at the river Kyle was down first and snagged the primo camp spot for us to enjoy for the night.

Next day we had our longest day about 12 miles but it was mostly on the Tonto Trail so easy hiking compared to New Hance. First mile of trail was the most scenic as we hiked along the river and then above it with great views. Eventually the trail gets up on the Tonto layer and does what the Tonto does going in and out of each drainage. However, relatively easy miles over to Hance Creek where we took extended break. Good water in Hance Creek where we filtered a couple liters. After lunch it was 5 miles to Cottonwood Camp and last nights camp.

Kyle and Chumley arrived at Cottonwood and got a really nice spot again. After initial setup Chumley and I wend down Cottonwood Creek to explore. There are some good narrows downstream and we continued until hitting a pour off which we didn't want to hike around. So we headed back to camp and enjoyed another pleasant night around camp!

Next morning we only had 5 miles to hike out but of course it's all uphill. Still not that bad a hike with snow and microspikes needed for the top 1.5 miles of trail to Grandview. Very scenic with the snow and Grandview itself always has great views and cool switchbacks in the last 1/2 mile. Another great hike....thanks to Chumley for getting the permits!!
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 Tucson, AZ
Escalante RouteNorthwest, AZ
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GrottoGirlTriplogs 1,452
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It’s fun to do a trip you did a while ago to see how much you’ve progressed. If you have time go read my first triplog before reading this one. [ photoset ]

Day 1: I joined the trip at the last minute since I didn’t have anything else going on. We drove up to Flagstaff the night before so we could have a relative early start on the trail. Since I’ve done the Tanner trail a few times I decided to add Cardenas Butte which sounds like an easy Butte to do (no one else on the trip had done off-trail in the Grand Canyon). Most of my party wanted to conserve their energy so I only got one taker on the journey. The trip up to Cardenas had a few easy climbs. Soon we were at the top and the views were glorious! There is something about summoning a peak within a canyon that gives deep satisfaction. We hurried to catch-up with the group before they got to the beach. The hillsides lower down were littered with Mariposa lilies, Beavertail prickly pear, and what I think was Parry Tackstem. Simply beautiful! We found a camp at the far edge of Tanner beach. I cooled my cider as we cooled off playing in the water. Dinner was tacos of different varieties. Thanks to Brian I’ll have a new item to add to my usual menu. As I laid in my comfy bed, I got to see a shooting star - hope I didn’t wake anyone up as I’m sure I had an exclamation.

Day 2: This officially began our Escalante Route. There was cool bee colony in Cardenas Drainage. We hiked up and saw Hillside Ruins. The traverse wasn’t scary any more. We went all the way to Papago for camp. I scoured the climb. Saw people are doing a different route - it wasn’t a clean as the classic route at the mouth of the canyon so I picked that one.

Day 3: We climbed up the Papago wall. The Slide was still scary but I knocked it out quickly and waited for the others below. Then after tanking up on water, I headed out. I had to get back to Tucson and wanted to do so in a reasonable amount of time. I was able to complete the New Hance trail in 5 hours. At times the Supai got annoying because it seemed like it was landslide after landslide. Then the Coconino tried to kick my pumpkin. But in the end I persevered.

I’m so glad I repeated the trip. Company was great!
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
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My friend Sam and I, along with my 15 year old son, hiked this route over three days. What a beautiful hike. This is now definitely one of my favorites in the Grand Canyon.

The hike definitely has a few challenging places. My topo map designates trail intensity with letters: E=Easy, M=Moderate, D=Difficult, and for extra difficult, DD. All three legs of this hike have “large chested” stretches on my map.

The views on the descent down the Tanner are spectacular because of the relative openness of the terrain all the way to the river. I can’t think of another trail where you’re within sight of a single spot on the Rim for the whole descent to the River. (In this case that spot is Desert View tower.)

I wish that I had read the triplogs on this website before the hike because we would have taken the detour up Escalante Butte. We certainly would have had plenty of time, since we reached Tanner Beach by early afternoon. We explored and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. The upper cliffs of the South Rim illuminated by the setting sun were gorgeous, and the cliffs reflecting in the Colorado made for some nice photos.

As soon as the sun went down our camp was besieged by mice. Those little devils are fast. You could hardly raise your arm to throw a rock before your target had darted off under a rock or log. We emptied our packs of food and hung the food off an overhang, but even that wasn’t good enough: I awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of Sam whacking his empty pack with his hiking stick in order to knock off a couple of mice that were busy chewing on it.

The second day of the hike, the Escalante Route, was my favorite leg because of the variety and beauty of the terrain. The only part of this leg worthy of its “Route” designation was the last couple of miles, from the mouth of Seventyfive Mile Creek to Hance Rapids. Otherwise it’s an easy-to-follow trail.

We stopped partway up Dox Hill because one of us had to dig a hole, and while we sat beside the trail, I spotted Angel’s Window out near the end of Cape Royal on the North Rim. My son and I had visited it a couple of years ago, so it was fun to see it again, but from a different perspective.

Later on, it was a thrill to lean over the east edge of Seventyfive Mile Canyon looking for the creek bed below, not be able to see it, and then have to lean even farther over the edge before finally seeing it. Less than an hour later, we were walking down that very creek bed, looking waaay up to the canyon’s edge far overhead.

The trail definitely gets more route-like after Seventyfive Mile Creek. It was a bit daunting to arrive at the bottom of Papago Wall without really knowing what it was, and seeing the cairns at the bottom and top. We really have to climb that? But upon closer inspection, it turns out that it’s not so bad. We were able to climb it without even removing our packs.

The mice were even bolder and more numerous at Hance than they were at Tanner the night before. At one point in early evening I looked down and found a mouse sitting right beside me in the sand.

The mice stole a couple of things from us in the night too: Sam’s sock (taken to be used in a nest?) and the small leather keeper from his hat strings. A mouse also chewed a hole in my son’s water bladder bite valve. I was relieved that they didn’t chew a hole in my tent.

What can I say about the hike out on the New Hance? It’s steep, especially since the first couple of miles in Red Canyon gain almost no elevation at all. That being said, I enjoyed the hike up more than our hike down a couple of years ago – definitely easier on the knees and hips.

Now I’m itching to get back here again sometime – maybe try out the Tanner-Beamer-Salt trails?
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New Hance TrailNorthwest, AZ
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 Gilbert AZ
Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
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Russell invited me to come along on a 3-day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon on the Tanner - Escalante - New Hance "loop". He had one extra spot available so I invited my friend Alex to come along too. This was all new territory for me in the canyon so it was impossible to say no.

Day 1
Alex and I met up with Russell and Craig on Saturday morning around 8 A.M. just off the highway on the road you use as parking for New Hance. After some breakfast, we all piled into Craig's truck and headed for Lipan Point.

We started down Tanner Trail making good time despite how steep it was. This is the first "primitive" trail I've been on at the Grand Canyon and I like the feel. Just enough cairns and use to be navigable without much thinking, but you're still on you're toes because it's steep and you might need to use your hands for stabilization.

About 2.5 miles in, Alex, Craig, and I diverged from the Tanner Trail and headed for Escalante Butte via the north ridge. There are a lot of really fun scrambles, and some small climbs before the summit. The views into the canyon from the ridgeline are awesome!

Once at the split summit boulder, we all looked at the spot where you have to make the leap and didn't like how exposed it was. Alex and Craig spent some time trying to find a way to climb the eastern face of the gap. They would always get one or two steps away from being able to pull it off but there wasn't anything secure to grab on top to pull yourself up. I'm not a climber, so for me it was the jump or an assist.

Alex assisted Craig to the top of the summit by letting Craig use his shoulder. I did the same for Alex. While they sat on the summit and signed the register, I re-climbed the western face, positioned myself on the ledge of the gap and re-evaluated the jump. I decided I was going to go for it. I assisted Craig back down from the summit before making the jump so we all wouldn't get stuck up there.

I focused only on where I was going to land, and where my other foot was going to go to pull me up off the ledge which is tilted back towards the gap. Then I shot the gap. Easy peasy!

On the summit, I quickly signed the register and snapped a couple of photos. Russell had probably been waiting an hour by this point. I decided to take the assisted down climb from the summit rather than jump back to the western ledge. That jump looks even scarier. :scared:

We met back up with Russell, had some lunch, then continued down Tanner to the Colorado. Once there we spent some time loitering on the beach before setting up camp. Later in the day @sirena rolled through our camp on one of her Canyon adventures. Nice to meet you!

Day 2
We woke up and started walking a little before 8 A.M. I started a little chilled but quickly warmed up as we hit pockets of sun that had made their way into the canyon already. Once we worked our way across the flat sandy banks of the Colorado to where we would climb up and away from the river, I was over the sun and seeking shade.

Great views along the Escalante route from where you climb away from the river to Papago Creek. Route finding is pretty straightforward all along the route with well placed cairns and in some places a pretty well worn tread. The highlights for me were Seventyfive Mile Creek and the Papago Wall.

Once we reached New Hance Rapids we all got in the river for a little bit while it was hot. The water is really cold at first but it feels refreshing after you get out and let the sun warm you back up. Beach life along the Colorado seems pretty nice.

Day 3
After a not so satisfying night of sleep it was time to exit the big ditch via New Hance. This trail starts out at a really nice grade as you follow the bottom of Red Canyon, but you pay for it later once you leave the bottom of the creek and start a relentless climb up the side to the Rim. There is some overgrowth along this section of the trail and you may need to pay a little more attention for route finding, but it is still pretty straightforward.

I brought a liter and a half of water with me which I had almost completely burned a little over half way up. I started feeling pretty woozy on the last 2 miles, probably because I was starting to get dehydrated. I entered snail mode to crawl up the final 2000ft. From New Hance Rapids to Rim I believe it took us a little over 4 hours. Whew, that climb is a doozy!

Thanks again Russell for the invite!
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Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
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 Kingman, AZ
New Hance TrailNorthwest, AZ
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I wanted to get at least 2,000 feet for the day and a hike down to the structure on Grandview was the initial plan. No parking at the trailhead, so I continued on and opted for New Hance instead. I don't like this descent at all and I felt a little off (perhaps I was spoiled by the easy descents on BA and Kaibab the previous two hikes), so took it on the slower side. About 500' down, there was one solo backpacker coming up and a group of 3 heading down to camp at the rapids. I made it down to the camp site area where the drainage cliffs out and decided to turn around there. I was there for half an hour, seeking shelter from the wind behind a tree. The skies had turned overcast and I was a little cold the last half mile of the ascent, as the temps on the rim were in the 50s (it's been cold up here!).

1:10 down, 1:10 up, not fun descent, fun ascent.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Tanner - Escalante - New Hance, AZ 
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On April 10th the full moon rose 17 minutes before sunset, and set 5 minutes before dawn. Give or take a few minutes, this happens every spring and has become a tradition with me when trying to get a permit. Stars look the same anywhere dark, so I gladly trade the Milky Way for a Moonlit Canyon.
Day 1 - 10 miles
Arriving at Lipan Point, I made my way down into the wooded ravine for my first trip down Tanner, enjoying the cool breeze among the trees along this beautiful trail. I would say the first section is less exposed than Grandview, but more challenging than SK. Once I hit the redrock geology of the saddle and the views opened up I was on cloud nine. Finding a bit of shade, I set up my chair and had my PB and J burrito lunch and took it all in. From there it was on to the spur leading to the Redwall overlook, noting the killer campsite for next time, and then down the switchbacks to begin the relatively less amazing trip to the river. Having reached the wonderful white sand beach, I enjoyed another tradition - full immersion in the Colorado. I hate being cold for long periods, but short, sharp shocks can be quite enjoyable. Freshened, I continued on toward Dox Hill's ruins, amazed at how lush the flora was. I've never seen so many flowers blooming at every elevation here. Arriving at the ruins was even better than I expected, stunning views in every direction 30 minutes before Sunset and a Full Moon rise! :y:
I kicked back in my chair and could hear the rafters below and miles away in the stunning silence of the canyon as the last warm light left the walls above. I howled (terribly) as the moon rose, and heard a few below do the same. There's just enough room for one tent, and I had my first night with my new REI Flash inflatable mattress. I actually got tears in my eyes when I lay down - it's that good. Of course, having the canyon visible by full moon through my mesh tent wall didn't hurt much.
Day 2 - 13 miles
Followed the ridge south and down to meet back up with the Escalante Route, blown away by the hillsides of Brittlebush in full bloom. Morning light made the trip to Escalante Creek picture perfect, and when I reached Seventyfive Mile Creek, I ended up following the Shinumo all the way back to drop in, not even seeing the harder, shorter route down. I'm glad I did, because seeing more of the winding slot was awesome. Watered up again at the river, and headed toward Papago Creek, where I confronted the Papago Wall. It looked doable with my pack, so I headed up, using my GoPro bite mount for some video. I got stuck for a minute right at the top, before noticing a cairn to my left and down a bit that led me right up. I wouldn't want to down climb this, but coming up was a blast. The views from the short section before the Papago Slide are a fine reward for both the wall and the scramble down. The route along the river to Hance Rapids was the faintest yet, but by staying close to the river I was soon at the mouth of Red Canyon and back on familiar ground. It was only 4 pm, so I opted to shoot for the camp I saw last time up New Hance with 148 oz. water for the night and next day. Exactly 2 hours later I arrived at camp (33.017735 -111.929436), once again 30 minutes before sunset, leaving me time to explore a bit and find a small mine due north before settling down to dinner. The wind was pretty strong, so I lost my tent view to a heavily anchored fly, but otherwise a second perfect night.
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The morning light, as usual, made the start up a feast for the eyes, and I was pleased to find the trail easier than I had remembered. I may have gone off trail somewhere in the final switchbacks last time, it really does get pretty wild. The Trailhead sign arrived and I was soon at my Taco, which I took to the first overlook parking west of Lipan Point. There is a perfect slab 100 yards east along the rim where I set up my Zero-gravity lounger, cracked a Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Beer Advocate 99 score, 11.3% ABV), and settled in for the best beer I have ever had, reflecting on a ridiculously perfect trip into the most amazing place on Earth.

P.S. Don't ever show your spouse GoPro footage of even an easy climb - it will look really dangerous and make it harder for you to get loving support for your next trip. :doh:

P.P.S Oh, and here's that video. [ youtube video ] I know about the glitches - I'll get around to it when I figure it out. DVD works fine, but YouTube sticks.

P.P.P.S. And one I have been putting off for the 25 years I have owned a video camera. [ youtube video ]
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