Grand Canyon - April 2001
blue Firefly and driver a long long way from home in the Nevada desert
From April 9 - 14, 2001, Conor Murphy, Frances Barry, Reynald Hoskinson, and I backpacked along the Grandview, Tonto, and South Kaibab trails in the western corridor of the Grand Canyon. The G.C. is located in Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, about 500 km east of Las Vegas.
looking down at the campsite at Table Mesa
April 4 to 6 - Drive from Vancouver BC to Yakima WA (450 km). Drive to Wells NV (1000 km). Drive to Las Vegas NV (700 km).

April 8 - Drive to Grand Canyon Village, AZ (500 km). Camp at Mather Campground.

April 9 - Hike down into canyon from Grandview Point along Grandview trail. Camp at Table Mesa.

April 10 - Follow Tonto trail westward. Camp at Grapevine.

April 11 - Camp at Lone Tree.

April 12 - Hike out canyon along South Kaibab trail to Yaki Point. Camp at Mather Campground.

April 13 to 17 - Drive to Bakersfield CA (950 km). Drive to San Francisco CA (450 km). Drive to Fort Bragg CA (300 km). Drive to Everett WA (1400 km). Drive to Vancouver BC (200 km)

Conor and Frances on the Grandview trail headed down into the corridor our lunch spot Several abandoned mining tunnels can be explored complete with rails, carts, and shovels. These mazes go on for hundreds of metres with frequent random forks. Bring a headlamp and Geiger counter.
sunset over the Table Mesa
Reservations are recommended for backcountry permits in the canyon. Reserve three months in advance. The Bright Angel Campground seems the be the major congestion; we were able to get four backcountry permits for the Tonto trail on the morning we hiked down. 

Vehicles require a $10 NPS entry permit obtainable at the park gate.

See NPS Grand Canyon website for details.

`Conor, sit with your feet hanging over the edge and I'll take your picture.'
Grand Canyon National Park, National Parks Service. (jpeg)

Area map (jpeg)

water break: Frances, Reynald, and Conor sausage hiking out along the South Kaibab trail
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