Practical tips for spending a whole day running & hiking in the Grand Canyon
Wanted to wait until I had a good chunk of time to read this. What a trip! I’m sure I would’ve been puking right alongside whoever it was, given the heat and exertion. I’ve saved this post for future reference in case I ever attempt this. Way to go, all of you! Sounds tough, rewarding, and fun.
I enjoyed reading this R2R2R account. If you went on the Clear Creek Trail, you went by "The Couch". This was my step father's (Tom Harty of the Harty Party) favorite place in the world; he hiked down to Phantom Ranch at least 42 times. On a rock there is a plaque in his memory. He and my mother were murdered in a home invasion in 2016 and we spread his ashes there. Thank you for bringing up some good memories!
The photographs are stunning, the closest I've seen to being there. It really makes me want to visit and hike through. Your text is equally descriptive, and informative. Great post. Thank you.
Wow, those photos! 😍 And what a fun crew you had. Thanks for sharing!
Absolutely amazing thank you for sharing such a wickedly bad ass adventure
Sorry you missed the north rim in its entirety, my favorite part of R2R2R! Thanks for giving me a new route to consider.
Fantastic report! I'm so glad you tried a few miles on the Clear Creek trail! It really was a highlight for us -- the east-west perspective is very cool. And it is a perfect alternative to the North Kaibab trail. It sounds like a wonderful time together with trail friends :-)
Well done Sarah!
Thank you for bringing your wonderful adventure and pictures to us.
I've been trying to secure a camp spot at Bright Angel for many years. Camp down by the river and run to the North Rim and back. Only 32 spots so it's a tough lottery.
However, this post is telling me to go anyways, and it doesn't matter if the North Rim is closed.
I think I will :)
Great read! Brought beck great memories from 2 years ago. We are doing R2R again in Oct. Looking forward to it! Happy belated Birthday! I can relate to the Birthday/ Mother's Day combo. My bday is 5/5.
Inspired to at least try the R2R next year.
Thoroughly enjoyable - thank you!
What a great post, Sarah (and yes, I loved the photos). Brought back a lot of memories of the multi-day Spring Trip routes I used to lead kids on back when I was teaching at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. We'd traverse the Tonto Plateau between Hermit, Monument and Hance Creeks (Horseshoe Mesa was always a favorite spot to camp). I think my current knee problems stem back to those times I dropped into the canyon and hiked down to the river when my backpack was at its heaviest. Must have been interesting to see the Colorado River up close just as its water allocations are being negotiated.
What a hike, and those pics! I was out myself last week for a few days hiking in the Golan Heights (either in or next to Israel, depending on who you ask). Nowhere near as intense as what you described, but that magical feeling of spending a day intensely walking in nature is everywhere. I hope to also write a post soon about my experience.
Excellent, thorough recap.