EAST THROAT of Grand Canyon....
Friday, February 15,[masked]:00 PM
to Sunday, February 17, 2013, 3:00 PM
There is a permit fee for this expedition to the Navajo Nation. The fee is $20 per person for 2 nights camp and Hike into the canyon. Navajo Nation Hike Rules to be obeyed at all times. Permit has been sent in for those on the meetup as of 1/25/13. Anyone new will need to get their permit on their own, here is the link:
Meet up at Cameron Trading Post 5PM (or at EXIT PORTAL, entry to Big Canyon around 6PM or at ENTRY PORTAL; anytime in the evening):
Salt Canyon Trailhead (Friday night car camp):
Salt Canyon Trailmap to LCR:
Big Canyon TrailMap:
Proposed CAMP location; about 7 miles from EXIT Portal:
Road Map to Exit Portal:
This is a dangerous adventure, not advised for beginners. Hikers that sign up should consider themselves in good physical condition. There are numerous areas of this hike that glide along steep cliffs. If you are afraid of heights, also not advised.
This is another BAD ASS Hike for the BAD ASS ADVENTURERS....
Friday night; Car Camp at trailhead.
Saturday morning, depart trail; camp at bottom and explore the area. We will venture along the Little Colorado River (LCR) EAST to the "Big Canyon"....will look for the HOT SPRINGS and go about 5-6 miles up Big Canyon and make camp there.
Sunday morning, hike out.
IT WILL BE VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY COLD. No whiners.
We will have cars at the ENTRY PORTAL (Salt Canyon Trailhead) and at the EXIT PORTAL (Big Canyon Trailhead)
PHOTOS and maps are posted in the H3 files tab.
Here is a historical account of a famous photographer that had died from a flash flood while photographing Big Canyon:
INFO below was taken from a hikearizona.com thread of previous hikes on this route.
This old Hopi route goes 3 miles down Salt Trail Canyon to the Little Colorado River referred to as LCR. The route is slightly rough in the beginning and end. Route finding is necessary to the point where you simply need to pay attention to cairns.
Approach: From Highway 89, it is about 20 Miles from Tuba City.
Hike: From the trailhead it's a 180ft soft drop down a hillside to the edge of the canyon. A large cairn marks the spot. It's an immediate drop off the edge down-climbing boulders. Fear not as this isn't technical nor scary. I believe this is the most physically demanding part of the hike and it's goes by quick. The rocks are firm. Only one or two rocks had enough play to get my attention the entire trip. When I heard Harvey Butchart hiked the route in 1964 with an arm in a cast I knew it couldn't be as difficult as the rumors.
Once you get down to the totem pole it's time to get serious about spotting cairns. If you hike over a few minutes without seeing a cairn stop. Think it over and figure out where the next cairn is located. You may have to backtrack a tad but your life is worth it. From this point on a single trekking pole is the way to. Two becomes cumbersome as you occasionally need to use a hand.
The cairns will lead you down through the layers of the supai group to ledges in the redwall. This is about 1,400ft down from the start. You actually follow the ledges for a short distance. At one point in the middle you'll likely need to crawl a couple feet if you have more than a daypack. After the ledges comes the crossover. Crossing over you pass a staircase waterfall after heavy rains. The remainder of the hike down will now be on the right side of the canyon. If it took you three hours to get to the crossover it'll be about two more hours to the river. It's about a 1,900ft drop to the crossover and another 800ft to the river.
For the next mile you skirt ledges with some sheer drop-offs. It's easy travel until you get near the end. Approaching which you'll have nice views of the soft blue river unless it's rained in recent weeks. The cairns will lead you down at the end. You cross the creek and come up to a bare spot which is the helipad. Take the main trail left off the helipad and through the vegetation to Calcium Carbonate Beach. A little further gets you to Teva Joe Beach just before spring rock.
Water: The beautiful blue water is loaded with calcium carbonate. It's drinkable but you'd likely rather not. I used it in some freeze dried chili and it tasted fine. One of the USFWS biologist mentioned it's loaded with parasites and will likely give you the runs if you drink it in quantity. Take a Platypus collapsible water container and let it sit overnight. It still has the taste but the bite isn't as repulsive. We will have water filters.