Labor Day Trip: North Rim, Grand Canyon

  • September 2, 2011 · 7:00 AM

Well, my plans for the White Moutains over Labor Day have been modified to head north to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Trip Dates are Friday September 2nd through Monday September 5th but people can come up or leave anywhere in between.  This is a good trip for those preparing for the Rim-to-Rim in October as you will get a taste of the North Kaibab Trail.

Unlike the South Rim the North Rim is heavily forested being 1000 feet higher in elevation than the South.  The nights are already very cool lending to a nice escape from the Phoenix heat.  The drive to the North Rim (only 350 miles or about 6 hours from Phoenix not including stops) takes you through historic Cameron, the Gap, Lee's Ferry, and past the Vermillion Cliffs.  The North Rim hosts many more vista Points, some with 270 degree panoramas, than the South making it a great place for photo buffs not to mention the wildlife including deer, bison, and the Canyon squirrel.  From the North Rim Lodge patio you can see across Canyon to the Bright Angel Trail switchbacks as hikers make their way to/from the South Rim Lodge.  I plan to park myself here at least one night to watch the sunset over the Canyon with a cool beverage in hand.

I am leaving Thursday night to start the journey north and to secure camping.  Trip itenerary is below.  People can leave to come up at their convenience and we will have signs posted to guide people to camp.  I plan to camp outside the Park in the area around the meadows to take advantage of viewing the deer and bison herds.  Depending on the number of people signed up we can go to DeMotte Campground next to Kaibab Lodge or just camp at-large off a forest road (the only difference is no table or pit toilet for at-large).  Park amenities i.e. showers are close at hand if anyone is interested in them.

Please note on your RSVP when you can leave (day and time) to make the most out of carpool opportunities.  Everyone will be responsible for their own food and everyone should contribute wood to the campfire.  *If anyone is interested in going in on food with me using the dutch oven please contact me directly.  Food is also available at the Kaibab Lodge, North Rim Lodge Dining Room, Bar, and Snack Bar.  There is also a General Store for provisions.

Any questions just let me know, Lisa

PS:  Links to trail descriptions are below the itenerary.

Trip Itenerary (but people can do what every they wish):

Friday: Set up camp and a partial hike of Nankoweap to the tip-off.  If there is time possible the Widforss Trail.  Sunset will be on the North Lodge patio.

Saturday: This day is an open day for everyone as the main hiking event is for Sunday.  I will be exploring the Old Bright Angel Trail to Roaring Springs which I recommend for very experienced Canyon hikers. The Widforss Trail is an option (10 miles R/T with minimal elevation) and the Uncle Jim and Ken Patrick are also in the immediate area.  If there is time I would like to drive to Point Sublim this day for the sunset over Dragon and Scorpion Ridge.

Sunday:  The main hike event is the North Kaibab Trail.  It is about 6 miles to the Pumphouse and about 7.5 to Cottonwood Camp.  Ribbon Falls is about another mile beyond Cottonwood Camp which is my planned destination.  I know people who are only planning on going so far as Roaring Springs or the Pumphouse.  Sunset will be on the North Lodge patio.

Monday:  Pack up and hit Point Imperial, Roosevelt Point, Cape Final, and Cape Royal vistas (all on the same road) for some sight-seeing into side canyons, a natural arch, buttes, a window, and some temples.  We can catch Lee's Ferry on the way home if there is time.

Trail Descriptions:

Widforss  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=421

North Kaibab  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=417

Nankoweap  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=232

Ken Patrick  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=420

Uncle Jim  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=419

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  • Glen Fullmer

    Lou, I thought you might want to see the video I created with you at the beginning and end, and Larry Carlton, Yo-Yo Ma, and James Taylor in the middle for the background music:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    Enjoyed your playing immensely. Thanks.

    1 · September 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lisa for organizing this! Had a fantastic time w/great company:).

    September 6, 2011

  • Darrell Jiles

    Spent the night with Liz in DeMotte Friday night in spot #3. Hiked OBA Saturday with Scott and Kevin, thanks for letting me hike OBA finally got to checkout that trail across from North Kaibab. Mark sorry I did not know you were at DeMotte or I would have looked for you.

    September 6, 2011

  • Vickie

    Great trip. I really enjoyed our camping spot outside of the park. Plenty of room and no neighbors! The Cello soloist during breakfast Monday morning was a wonderfull unexpected treat - Thanks so much Lou. Checking on travel Cello's - we may need to take up a collection for that concert in the canyon.

    September 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time at the North Rim!

    September 6, 2011

  • Glen Fullmer

    Fantastic hike, people and camping. Thanks Lisa and Kevin for posting this. Your experience, consideration and expertise is well appreciated. Learned a few new tricks on this one. A hot seat comes to mind. Had a great ride up and back with a couple of very lovely people. Thanks all for making this a super good trip.

    September 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    We arrived at DeMotte CG on Th afternoon as discussed w/ Lisa. There were 4 sites available the entire WE (we had one) that would hold~ 15 tents & 12 cars. We paid for our site for 4 nights and talked with the host about the others. No Prob w/ him. Checked message board Th, Fr, Sa & Su - NO MESSAGES, no signs as promised. We hiked Old Bright Angel & Windforss on Fr & Sa & N Kaibab back up Old Bright angel on Su. Received text message sent on Fr about new location- on Su (due to coverage at lodge) - Another member showed up at the CG by herself & she stayed with us one night then went back home, to Phx! Checking the emails sent by Lisa it clearly states primary location is DeMotte - signs and messages will be posted -

    New to this group and was looking forward to meeting new people. Still not clear on why someone couldn't have posted the changed meeting location on the message board at DeMotte - very disappointing - poor communication & follow through for new members Lisa.

    September 5, 2011

  • Patricia

    Great hikes, fun people! Weird howling noise at night which was a little spooky but had a very good time. Thanks for organizing Lisa!

    September 5, 2011

  • Randy

    After living in Arizona the better part of 53 years, I finally got there. Thank you Lisa and Kevin for the hard work putting this together and giving me the impetus to go! It was a great time with fun people.

    September 5, 2011

  • Glen Fullmer

    Just got this text'd from Lisa:

    "...take a right on FR22 just past Demotte n drive 2 miles to a junction, then follow signs. Camp nesstled in aspens."

    and Forest Service Road 22 looks like about 25 miles in from the 89A and AZ 67 junction at Jacob's lake.

    http://g.co/maps/399j­

    September 2, 2011

  • Sharon

    Family issues. Dint think I'll have a chance to make it. I'm still trying though.

    September 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lynn, Shirley and I are going up Friday morning at 8 AM and coming back sometime on Monday. There's room for 1 more. If that works for you drop one of us an email.

    August 31, 2011

  • LaFong

    "We can catch Lee's Ferry on the way home if there is time." If yooz guys have time for L's F, then there is no better way to while away a couple of hours than a hike down Cathedral Wash, http://hikearizona.com/decoder....­ . GREAT FUN, and very easy.

    August 31, 2011

  • kcarve

    I'll leave with Kathy Saturday morning if possible. Sent email to her earlier but hadn't heard back.

    August 31, 2011

  • Sharon

    CONFIIRMING. Yes I am going. I'm leaving Thursday night. I'll help hold spots. No, Im not carpooling. I am driving in from LA right now so Ill reply with more info if you need it tonight. Thx.

    August 31, 2011

  • Lisa

    Carpool is open for Kathy leaving Saturday morning and Vickie leaving Friday afternoon, 1 spot each.

    August 30, 2011

  • Lisa

    I cant count it seems :D Camping is for 3 nights not 4, my bad.

    August 30, 2011

  • Darrell Jiles

    I was thinking this could be a North Rim two day biathalon. Hike OBA one day and bike Point Sublime the next!

    1 · August 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lisa. She will be happy to stay home in the AC. :)

    August 24, 2011

  • Lisa

    Dogs are welcomed but cannot be left unattended in camp and are not allowed on trails per NPS rules.

    August 24, 2011

  • Kevin

    Whatg a fun group friends.

    August 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a dog friendly outing? She'll prolly hang at the camp most fo the time. ??

    August 23, 2011

  • Doug Adamavich

    I'll be up there with my mountain biking crew on Saturday afternoon. We will ride both Sunday and Monday. We already have two camp spots reserved at the campground in case anybody wants to come by and hang-out.

    August 19, 2011

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