GRAND CANYON / NEW HANCE TRAIL BACKPACK; NOV. 22 (evening)-25.
I have a permit for 5 people to backpack, on the New Hance Trail, in the Grand Canyon, on Nov. 23-25, 2012 (two nights below the rim, coming home on Sunday). We’ll go to the Colorado River, spend two nights there, and hike back up the New Hance Trail. This is a remote, seldom-used, and very beautiful Canyon experience.
From my research, this trail is Difficult-Very Difficult. It is about 4,500 feet EC, and 8 miles long (one way). That doesn’t sound too bad, so the terrain must be really rough. I HAVE NOT DONE THIS HIKE. However, we are going down a side canyon, to the river, and back up that same side canyon. I can’t see us getting lost. I do think we will have challenges finding the faint-trail, no-trail, bushwhacking-bouldering-route down and up the canyon
Tough hikers have taken 2 days to come back up it. We may decide to do the same. This is NOT a beginner backpack.
Once down there, we will set up camp. The next day you can explore on your own (or as a group). There is the very scenic Pagago Canyon and Seventy-Five Mile Canyon nearby. They should be easy to find, to explore. There is a trail going to the mouth of each of them. These canyons could be risky in their own right, so be careful. I will be spending the day (on Sat. Nov. 24,) right at, and along, the river. My purpose in going here is to study the river and land adjoining it, near the New Hance Rapid (right by camp).
Day One; Nov. 22, 2012 (Thursday, Thanksgiving); In the afternoon/evening, (stuffed with Turkey) drive up to the Mather Campground or similar (in or near the Grand Canyon) and camp for the night.
Day Two: Nov. 23, 2012; (Friday); Leave camp about 7:00 a.m. and drive to the parking spot, and hike down New Hance Trail (could take all or most of the day). There is no water along the way, until we reach the Colorado river.
Day Three; Nov. 24, 2012; (Saturday); Either:
a. Spend all day exploring, or whatever you want to do; (I will be studying the river), or
b. Spend half a day exploring, etc. and then hike half way back up New Hance Trail and camp for the night. (We can decide that based on our trip down.)
Day Four; Nov. 25, 2012; (Sunday) Hike out, drive home.
NOTE: Cost is $12.00 (permit) and share gas and one night campground expense.
This trip is double-posted with BCH & ABC. Only sign up if you are firmly committed to attending. Then get on the waiting list, so I don’t over-book the permit for 5 people.
Call or email to discuss. David Anderson;[masked]; [masked]