Backpacker Magazine –
National Parks: Grand Canyon
Overlooking Granite Gorge (Valerie Long)
Hance Creek From Horseshoe Mesa (Valerie Long)
View Of 7,128-Foot Zoraster Temple (Michael Lanza)
South Kaibab Trail (Sasha Buzko)
Hermits Rest To Dripping Springs Dayhike (Elias Butler)
Upper North Kaibab Trail (Michael Lanza)
The way The park is 77 miles northwest of Flagstaff via US 180 and AZ 64. Start: Take Desert View Dr. 12 miles east to Grandview Point. End: Shuttle via taxi; (928) 638-2822.
March to May and October to November. Inner canyon temps from June to September are often above 100 degrees.
Wide-brim hat and six liters of water storage
Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon ($12,
Hiking Grand Canyon
National Park, 3rd Edition, by Ron Adkinson and Ben Adkinson ($19,
$10 per permit, plus $5/person per night. Apply (
) on the first of the month four months prior to your hike date (e.g., June 1 for a hike beginning in Nov.) and fax it to (928) 638-2125.
There are four water sources along this route, and only Grapevine Creek (mile 8.8) flows year-round. The other sources--Cottonwood Creek (mile 3.3), Boulder Creek (mile 14.2), and Lone Tree Creek (mile 17.1)--usually dry up by June.
Backcountry Information Office: (928) 638-7875 (from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday),
Download a GPS track, complete with waypoints and turn-by-turn directions, at
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