Shinumo Creek / Tapeats Creek Loop

Jacob Lake, Arizona

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This is an adventurous loop through the Grand Canyon backcountry. It is difficult to get down with a pack on your back because everything is so slippery. Two other possibilities are to lower the packs or to wear them in front. And I forgot to mention that the slide ends in a frigid chocolate pool of indeterminate depth until the first to descend checks it out. I call this route Dale’s High-Water Low-Level Traverse in honor of its discoverer, who was just an ordinary Joe who didn’t want to get his feet wet. I am amazed at how strong that motivation can sometimes be. This bypass is roughly 2 or 3 feet above the water on stream left and consists mainly of small bumps for your feet and tiny fissures for your fingers on an otherwise fairly steep— but not vertical—smooth limestone wall."

Shinumo Creek / Tapeats Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is an adventurous loop through the Grand Canyon backcountry. It is difficult to get down with a pack on your back because everything is so slippery. Two other possibilities are to lower the packs or to wear them in front. And I forgot to mention that the slide ends in a frigid chocolate pool of indeterminate depth until the first to descend checks it out.

I call this route Dale’s High-Water Low-Level Traverse in honor of its discoverer, who was just an ordinary Joe who didn’t want to get his feet wet. I am amazed at how strong that motivation can sometimes be. This bypass is roughly 2 or 3 feet above the water on stream left and consists mainly of small bumps for your feet and tiny fissures for your fingers on an otherwise fairly steep— but not vertical—smooth limestone wall.""

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Jacob Lake
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 days, plus layover days, if any
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Grand Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Tapeats Amphitheater, Powell Plateau, Fossil Bay, Topocopa Hilltop, Explorers Monument, Havasupai Point, King Arthur Castle
Driving Directions: Directions to Shinumo Creek / Tapeats Creek Loop

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May 2018