One Best Hike: Grand Canyon Guide Book

by Elizabeth Wenk (Wilderness Press)
One Best Hike Grand Canyon  by Elizabeth Wenk

120pp/maps/desc/pics
ISBN: 0899974910

One of the world’s most spectacular places, the Grand Canyon annually attracts over 4 million visitors who peer over the edge of the abyss. A smaller number of them trek from the rim to the banks of the Colorado River on one of the nation's best-known hikes. Many of these hikers are inadequately prepared for the rigors of what can be a deadly journey. This indispensable guide describes the most popular route into the canyon — the 16.2 mile round-trip route from the South Rim to the Colorado River. It addresses the many possible hazards (extreme heat, cold, elevation gain/loss of over 9,000 feet), gives advice on physical conditioning, and includes helpful charts, maps, and GPS waypoints for the best rest points. The hike itself is covered mile by mile, with expert coaching and hints along the way. Experienced and novice hikers alike will benefit from its encouraging, can-do approach.

© 2010 Elizabeth Wenk/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 17 of 17.
... Preview: Leaving the resthouse behind you have only 1.5 miles to go. This last stretch of trail is engaging, as you climb past the steep-walled Coconino Sandstone, have a chance to see Indian pictographs just ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: The landscape between the 3-Mile and 1.5-Mile resthouses is gentler, as you climb first through the Supai Formation and then enter the Hermit Formation. The landscape is more vegetated, and the ground ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Beginning at Bright Angel Campground, retrace your route south to the bridge across Bright Angel Creek. Instead of crossing the creek and heading east to the Kaibab (or Black) Bridge, continue west to ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: During most of the year, the spur road to the trailhead and adjacent Yaki Point is closed to private vehicles, and you will take the shuttle to the starting point. At the trailhead make sure you have ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
... Preview: In this part of the Grand Canyon the Hermit and Supai formations generally form a single long slope between the near-vertical Coconino Sandstone and underlying Redwall Formation, broken only by short ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Beyond the Indian Garden rest facilities, you pass the campground and a ranger station. The trail is lined with tall Engelmann prickly pear cacti—a beautiful garden of color in spring when some plants ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: On a hot day, this last stretch of trail is tiring. It is hot—oppressively hot—and you are simply putting one foot in front of the other trying to reach the shade of the campground or Phantom Ranch. O ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: The trail turns left 90 degrees when you reach the mouth of Pipe Creek. A resthouse and newly installed toilet are located here, but there is no water. You now begin the long climb to the South Rim. A ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Below Ooh Aah Point the trail switchbacks down to the bottom of the Coconino Sandstone. Admire the stonework along this section; sections of the South Kaibab Trail have just been rebuilt and great car ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: Beyond Panorama Point, the trail makes a tight turn, and continues for another stretch through the Grand Canyon Supergroup strata. You cross the Hakatai Shale and briefly cross into the roughtextured ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
... Preview: This fairly short side trip from Bright Angel Campground is ideal either for a just-before-sunset view on the day of your descent or as a walk on a layover day. It provides a panoramic view both of th ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: Leaving Pipe Creek behind, note the trail switchbacking persistently ahead of you. This section, known as Devils Corkscrew, takes you to Garden Creek, the drainage you will follow to the rim. The trai ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Take this walk if you are spending a layover day at Indian Garden or arrive to camp at Indian Garden with enough energy to take a 3-mile “sunset stroll.” One advantage of a late afternoon walk is that ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The long dayhike to Ribbon Falls is well worth the effort. You will be rewarded with a relaxing midday rest sitting on shaded platforms while admiring water spilling over a rock lip and down onto a mo ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
North Rim, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
... Preview: You have now descended more than 2000 feet. But from Skeleton Point, where you can first view the river, you realize your destination is still a long way down. Just beyond Skeleton Point you cross fro ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: If the walk to Ribbon Falls is more than you wish to embark on on your layover day, consider a journey to the Box, the narrow stretch of the North Kaibab Trail that begins 0.8 mile north of the Bright ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: The stretch of the South Kaibab Trail from the Tipoff to the Kaibab Suspension Bridge predated the 1925 construction of the trail. Known as the Cable Trail, the old (much steeper) trail descended from ... From the guidebook "One Best Hike: Grand Canyon"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
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