Day 3: Up is Mandatory

Cottonwood Campground to Bright Angel Trailhead (16.7 miles, +4,400/-1,600 feet). It was going to be hard to beat our hike from the previous day, but we were happy that we would be on a different trail (the Bright Angel Trail) and we would be able to see the parts of the North Kaibab Trail that we…

Day 2: Snow Falling Up!

Cottonwood Campground to North Rim Lodge and back (19.1 miles, +4,400/-4,400 feet). Not to build it up too much, but I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that today was the most spectacular day hike I have ever done.  The Grand Canyon is, of course, unique in its beauty.  But the weather we experienced…

Day 1: Under the Gun

South Kaibab Trailhead to Cottonwood Campground (14.2 miles, +1,600/-4,800 feet). We should have known we were in trouble. When we got our wilderness permit application back from the National Park Service, they said they would approve our dates, but only if we filled out a questionnaire about our hiking experience.  As it turns out, any plan…

Good Bye, Supai

Supai to Hualapai Hilltop (8 miles, +2,000/-0 feet). We beat the heat this morning with a 4am start.  It was fun hiking with headlamps for a bit, and several other hikers were out doing the same thing. By 8am we made it back to Hualapai Hilltop. The kids brought Half Cookie a much needed soda…

Mooney Falls

Supai to Beaver Falls and back (10 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Today we hiked back down to Havasupai Falls and continued our journey deeper into the canyon. Just above Mooney Falls it’s not possible to continue next to the river, so the trail passes through some tunnels and down some ladders.  They actually had a security person…

Havasupai Falls

Hualapai Hilltop to Supai via Havasu Falls (12 miles, +400/-2,400 feet). Half Cookie has always wanted to do this trip to the Grand Canyon.  It is in the National Park, but it is to the west of the main corridor and it is controlled by the Native Americans who live here.  Supai village is an 8 mile…