May 27th, 2013 - 06:40 PM
Hiked the 'Canyon' this last Saturday and have some nice photographs. However, I just don't know if I have any acceptable photos for my site.
Having said that, with friend who shall remain nameless per his wishes, it was a challenging hike to say the least. We did not accomplish what we set out to do. A rim to rim in a day. Hitting the trail a three in the morning, the first portion, Bright Angel Trail went quite well and was quick going working our way down to the river and then Phantom Ranch.
Arriving, we passed an enforcement ranger in route to his station where upon he informed us the waterline up the North Kaibab Trail had broken and there would be no water at Cottonwood and Roaring Spring Station. We were planning to hike up there. This created a bit of a problem for us. We would need the water hiking the fourteen miles up the trail to the north rim. Supai Tunnel had water that was at the twelve and a half mile mark. A long walk without water and I did not want my friend to endure that.
I decided then we would head back up the South Kaibab Trail to the south rim. The shortest, at seven miles, of the three corrider trails. And there is no water on this trail at all. Long story short, we made it out, with plenty of rest in the shade along our hike to the rim.
So stand by. I am making a video for You Tube and I'll post that later.