(Strenuous) Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim (one direction only)
Ever wonder what kind of guts it takes to hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in a single day? Now if your opportunity to find out!
My plan is:
Day 1: drive my car (Car 1) in tandem with someone else (Car 2) from Los Angeles to the North Rim Campground. In Car 1 would be the camping gear of several hikers and I would leave this at the North Rim Campground. I would then ride with Car 2 back across the bridge to get back to the South Rim where we meet the hikers.
We all spend the evening in a hotel in Tusayan carbing up on pasta and relaxing in the pool. Sleep by 10:00 PM
Carpool to the the bus-station by 6:00 AM, day-packs only and take the Hiker Express to the South Kaibab Trailhed.
6:30 AM: We go down the South Kaibab Trail (beautiful views) and cross the river by about 9:30 or 10:00. We can have lunch at Phantom Ranch (people must reserve and pay for their box-lunch a week in advance), and then we hit the North Kaibab Trail by 11:00 AM. We’ll stop at Ribbon Falls and hike to the lower falls (or upper, if people want to) and take a snack break. We hit the trail again at about 1:00 PM and expect to get to the Manzanita Resthouse by 3:00 PM. Thats when the trail gets more interesting. You’ll need to fill up with water at that point and have some significant food intake.
3:30 PM, depart Manzanita for the slow slog out the box canyon. Here’s where the canyon starts to test you.
6:30 PM, arrive at the North Rim t/h.
Gather at Car 1 and drive hikers to the Demotte Campground about 15 miles north. Hikers take their gear and make camp.
Alternative, interested hiker get their own reservation at the North Rim Lodge (check back often for cancelations)
Day 4, take the shuttle back to South Rim, or ride in Car 1.
Everyone arrives back at South Rim.
I will add people from the Waitlist. You must show that you can handle this type of hike. 24 miles ending in a 5,000′ climb.
The cost of this event is $30 to cover the campground for the night of the 4t and the fuel for me to get my car to the north rim. There will be other expenses for the night of Oct 3 in Tusayan and carpooling expenses that will depend on how you get to/from the canyon.
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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