On Saturday April 13th we will visit the primary entrance into the eastern section of the Grand Canyon, the Tanner Trail. Once used as a route to mining claims this trails offers a lot of geologic history of the Canyon and some exciting rapids at the the river. Please visit the link below for more information.
This is a very strenuous in/out hike in one day and should only be attempted by advanced and well conditioned Canyon hikers. Depending on the weather (heat) the trailhead start time may be moved to earlier.
Some are planning on driving to the area Friday and staying in a hotel and some are camping. The closest hotel accomodations are the Village and Cameron and the closest camping this time of year is Mather (in the Village). I will be camping myself. Accomodations sharing etc can be arranged after RSVPs are accepted.
I plan on staying at the Canyon Saturday night to hike the Canyon or Williams on Sunday.
Trailhead start: 5:30 am
Distance: 18 miles round-trip
Elevation: 7200 feet, total (descent and gain)
Dog friendly: Dogs are not permitted on trail below the Rim.
Kid friendly: This trail is distinctly not child friendly.
Skills required: There is no water no trail except for the Colorado River. Trail is exposed the entire duration of the hike. Hikers should be highly adept at hiking in desert conditions and with elevation gain at the end of a hike rather than before.
Suggested gear: Hikers will need to be able to carry all necessary fluids and food. Filtering of water is possible at the river but the river could be silty making filtration cumbersome. Sunscreen and sun clothing is highly recommended as well as sturdy shoes. Not much suggestion is being offered as this hike should be attended by very experienced hikers.
If you have any questions or need anything else just let me know.