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South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Tonto Trail winds for over 70 miles along the Tonto Plateau through the eastern Grand Canyon. This hike covers the remote western half of this scenic trail. Starting from the South Bass Trail, the hike passes near the Grand Scenic Divide, where Grand Canyon geology changes dramatically. West of the Grand Scenic Divide, a red sandstone plateau called the Esplanade forms a major terrace about 1700 feet below the canyon rim.
The Esplanade abruptly ends at the Grand Scenic Divide, and the Tonto Plateau takes over as the Grand Canyon’s major mid-canyon terrace. This bench is about 3500 feet below the rim and reflects the gray-green color of its underlying shale rocks. Several side canyons allow side trips to the Colorado River and some of its major rapids, as well as exploration upstream."
--Bruce Grubbs, Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing) (Wilderness Press).
Did this trip April 2006 with 4 friends over 7 days. This section of the Canyon is remote, rugged and not often visited. We saw 7 people in the first six days, 28 on our way out on the last say. Water is key element. Trip only possible in spring, winter or during the late summer early fall monsoon season. Milage for our trip was closer to 50 miles than the reported 43-44. Trails not marked. Could be done in as little as 4-5 days, but why hurry!!!
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