150 Mile Canyon Loops

Fredonia, Arizona

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This eTrail is a detailed description of an adventurous loop through the Grand Canyon backcountry. Here is an excerpt from this eTrail's route description. This is a difficult 2.5 miles, with four or five chockstones blocking the way. Getting through the gorge will take most of the day if the party is large and the water high. I say “four or five” chockstones because, although there are usually only four, once there were five. A small party with climbing skills, traveling light and fast and starting early, could probably get from rim to river in one day. I generally choose to camp on the Redwall bench where the gorge begins. There is shelter under overhangs for at least eight, and there is often flowing water. Even if there is no water either flowing or in potholes, there has always been a big plunge pool below the chockstone at the top of the gorge. To exploit it, you can either use the pot-on-a-string trick or place a fixed rope and climb down a crack on the north side to the floor just below the lower end of the pool. It will help to have 75 feet of webbing to set up as a handline."

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"This eTrail is a detailed description of an adventurous loop through the Grand Canyon backcountry. Here is an excerpt from this eTrail's route description. This is a difficult 2.5 miles, with four or five chockstones blocking the way. Getting through the gorge will take most of the day if the party is large and the water high. I say “four or five” chockstones because, although there are usually only four, once there were five.

A small party with climbing skills, traveling light and fast and starting early, could probably get from rim to river in one day. I generally choose to camp on the Redwall bench where the gorge begins. There is shelter under overhangs for at least eight, and there is often flowing water. Even if there is no water either flowing or in potholes, there has always been a big plunge pool below the chockstone at the top of the gorge. To exploit it, you can either use the pot-on-a-string trick or place a fixed rope and climb down a crack on the north side to the floor just below the lower end of the pool. It will help to have 75 feet of webbing to set up as a handline.""

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Fredonia
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 8 days, plus layover days, if any
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Grand Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Hancock Knolls, Heaton Knolls, Robinson Canyon, Surprise Ridge, Havasu Falls, Hitson Tank, S B Point
Driving Directions: Directions to 150 Mile Canyon Loops

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May 2018