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Tonto Trail–Grandview Point to South Kaibab Trailhead Professional Review and Guide
"A rigorous point-to-point backpack of four to five days; recommended for experienced Grand Canyon backpackers only."
--Ben Adkison, Hiking Grand Canyon National Park (Falcon Guides).
Great backpacking trip. took it easy with a 4 day 3 night trip. Went down Grandivew to Cave of Domes then out to west end of Horseshoe and down to the Tonto.and over to Cottonwood. Went over to Boulder Canyon because of a possibility of water. found an intermittant stream. It's called Boulder Canyon for a reason. Stopped at Lonetree Canyon for water. Found it in a tinaja about 100m down drainage. Went to the Lonetree - the spring was less than 1L / min. This was our last chance for water until Yaki Point. Went to Middle Cremation and drycamped for the night. Hiked to The Tipoff, did not take the shortcut up the drainage to the SK. Hiked out SK to Yaki point.(1.4miles to Skeleton Point, then 1.5miles to Cedar Ridge, then 1.5miles to Yaki Point - but who's counting ). Shuttle bus back to the Visitor Center. Retrieved the shuttle trucks then went to Mather Campground for a shower then Tusayan for a pizza.
When you read Remote and some route finding believe what you are erading. If you are looking for scenic beauty and adventure you cannot go wrong on this trail! The trail was everything the literature had billed it as and I would walk it again in a heartbeat, but I wish I had someone along that was familiar with the trail. I actually got lost in Mineral Canyon and could not find my way out going forward and, because of time constraints associated with a flight, had to backtrack to Hance Rapids and up and out on New Hance Trail. It was an awesome weekend that I am hoping to do again in the Spring.
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