Grand Canyon:Rim/River/Rim Hiking Tour
* 5/18-24, 2014 (Sun-Sat)
Assembly Point: Flagstaff
|Tour Cost: $2,195
(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles from Flagstaff to North Rim prior to tour and return to Flagstaff, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Every now and then, a hiking trip comes together that really spikes our pulse. Rim-to-River-to-Rim, since its inception nine seasons ago, has always been that kind of experience. We truly believe that, if you're a hiker to the core, at some time in your life you need to hike the Grand Canyon from rim-to-river-to-rim.
Rim-to-River-to-Rim will assemble in Flagstaff early morning of Day 1 and we'll shuttle to the North Rim, arriving early enough for a leisurely walk along the Rim. We'll overnight and then begin our descent into the canyon the next morning, following Bright Angel Creek as it tumbles toward the Colorado. Along the way, we'll pass Roaring Springs, the primary water source for both the North and South Rim villages. A short spur trail offers the irresistible opportunity to visit Ribbon Falls. By the time we reach Phantom Ranch, our destination for the evening, we will have descended almost 6,300 feet over 14 miles through five distinct life zones to the canyon floor.
Breakfast precedes daybreak a Phantom Ranch tradition and we'll be crossing over the Colorado as the sun begins to rise above the canyon walls. We'll follow the Bright Angel Trail as it climbs from the river beyond the Inner Canyon to Indian Gardens, onward and upward to the South Rim (10 miles). We'll spend the evening at a lodge on the South Rim and celebrate over dinner at magnificent El Tovar.
We'll leave the South Rim early morning of Day 4 (but, we promise, not as early as our departure from Phantom Ranch the previous morning) and head to the Hualapai Hilltop, trailhead for our hike to Supai. An 8-mile trek into Havasu leads to Supai Village, tribal center of the Havasupai Nation, and we'll spend our first of two nights at the Havasupai Lodge.
The magnificent waterfalls of Havasu provide the adventure for Day 5. We’ll hike from the lodge along Havasu Creek, with an opportunity to visit Havasu’s two newest falls, created by the 2008 flood. We’ll continue to Havasu and Mooney, with their spectacular drops of 100' and 196' respectively, as the creek plunges toward the Colorado (6 miles). Following a final evening at the Havasupai Lodge, we’ll hike from the canyon and return to Flagstaff where our Grand Canyon Rim River Rim Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Group assembles mid-afternoon, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park (van shuttle from Flagstaff to North Rim); orientation dinner; overnight lodging at Grand Front Lodge|
|Day 2||Hike to Phantom Ranch (base of the Grand Canyon) - North Kaibab Trail: 14 miles, 6300-foot descent; overnight lodging at Phantom Ranch||14 miles|
|Day 3||Hike to the South Rim - Bright Angel Trail: (10 miles); overnight lodging at Maswik Lodge||10 miles|
|Day 4||Van Shuttle to Hualapai Hilltop / Havasupai Trailhead: hike into Havasu Canyon / Supai Village (8 miles, 1700-foot descent); overnight lodging at Havasupai Lodge||8 miles|
|Day 5||Hike to the falls of Havasu Canyon (Navajo, Havasu, Mooney Falls) (6 miles round trip); overnight lodging at Havasupai Lodge||6 miles|
|Day 6||Hike out of Havasu Canyon to Hualapai Hilltop; (8 miles); van shuttle return to Flagstaff; program concludes late afternoon||8 miles|
Total Hiking Mileage - 46 miles