Grandview Trail @ the Grand Canyon incl. Horseshoe Mesa and exploring the Cave

~14 mi RT Grandview Trail, Grand Canyon. Are you ready for a difficult trail at the GC?  (Potential New Hance, Tonto, Grandview loop - 18 mi, or the New Hance Trail)

Date: Tentatively Oct 22, 6.15 am (trailhead)

Join me in hiking the New Hance Trail in a day. Are you bored of the Rim to Rim, or the main South Rim trails?  Or do you just want a different challenge? This trail is a great, scenic, and fun! Not so well known, not so travelled, but very rewarding! This will be a very long, fun filled day, and and you will get some exercise also :) ONLY EXPERIENCED HIKERS, PLEASE!!! You must have done the Grand Canyon in 1 day recently to be able to come with me, please contact me with any questions (meetup e-mail, or text / call[masked]).   Please only RSVP if you are 100% sure of your attendance, otherwise just e-mail me.

We'll start the trail at sunrise, ~6.15 am due to the strenuous hiking condition. We will hike down / up the same trail, the New Hance Trail, ~8 miles long each way (avg hiking: 5-6 hrs each way). Since sunset is before 6 pm by then, we don't have time to waste. This is said to be the most difficult trail at the Grand Canyon, and it definitely is one of the best climbs. Expect plenty of scrambling, steep climbs, and the best leg workout you can't get in the gym!

Please note that the top 2-3 miles is VERY steep, and requires trail finding. If we get a small, experienced group of hikers, I will be flexible to come up via a Grand View Trail, which is a very scenic loop, but also adds a few extra miles.

Where to meet: Please note in your RSVP which option you prefer, my preference is carpooling, and I am flexible on either option below:
Option 1: leave at 2.15 am from Phoenix, ensure starting time by 6.15 am. This will make for a VERY long, but do-able day. Get home around 11 pm.
Option 2: Drive up Friday night, camp / grab a hotel, and start the trail at 6.15 am.

What to bring: min 5-6 liter water (or 3 liters if you have a water pump), sunscreen, hat, a rain poncho (always a chance of rain), layers of clothes, windbreaker, good shoes, change of socks, food for the day, salty and sweet snacks, and a flashlight. Please don't forget the flashlight in case we go slower, and have to scramble up in the dark.

My hope is to be at the top by 6.30 pm the latest (still enough to see), grab dinner, and be back in Phoenix by 11 pm!

http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/New_Hance_Trail.pdf

http://www.toddshikingguide.com/Hikes/Arizona/GrandCanyon/Canyon14.htm

http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_tr_rc.htm
http://home.znet.com/schester/grand_canyon/trails/hance.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA5W5jVbo30

 

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  • Tom

    Outstanding hike, what a bonus the Cave, neat to experience that portion of the Tonto Trail too.

    October 23, 2011

  • Paul

    sounds like a great workout but i have to work

    October 13, 2011

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