Four Grand Day Hikes at the South Rim

Dates: May 12-15, 2020 (4 days/3 nights)

Trip Leaders: Helen Ranney and Lisa Kearsley

Cost: $1325 members/$1425 non-members ($300 for single supplement)
Cost Includes: Transportation, lunches, 3 nights lodging, guides and permits

Difficulty: Strenuous: all trip participants must be able to hike on dirt trails that are often steep and rocky. Hiking poles are strongly encouraged.

*The physical demands of hiking Grand Canyon are in stark contrast to those found in mountain climbing or hiking on relatively flat terrain. Elevation loss and gain on some of the hikes into the canyon is 2,000 feet.

Details & Itinerary:

Travel with MNA Ventures to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Grand Canyon with seasoned professional guides/educators Helen Ranney and Lisa Kearsley.  Each day we will hike a different trail (6 miles round trip or less) returning to a comfortable hotel in the evening.

Description of Hikes:

West Rim Hike: Walk along the rim trail west of the South Rim Village to see some the South Rim’s the best views of the canyon, including good views of the river and major rapids. You can enjoy the views without the crowds normally seen along the more traveled rim trails. This is an excellent way to get acclimated to the environment and to gear up for our hikes into the Canyon.

South Kaibab Trail hike: Often referred to as a “Corridor Trail” this popular hike follows a ridge thus affording spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. From starting in a side canyon, the trail opens up at “Ooh-Ah-Point” and continues to Skeleton Point. A total of 6 miles round trip with a 2000 foot descent, this hike has a variety of wide open canyon views.

Hermit Trail hike: This steep, rocky, west-facing trail built in 1911 abounds in prehistoric, pioneer, and entrepreneurial history. As it enters the Coconino Sandstone layer, many brick-shaped rock slabs from the trail’s construction are still intact and fossilized lizard tracks are visible. The trail descends into Waldron Basin and then continues to Santa Maria Spring. The round trip hike is 4.5 miles with a 1600 foot descent.

Palisades of the Desert hike: Beginning near the Desert View Watchtower on a seldom used dirt road, the first 2 miles are filled with expansive views of the Painted Desert, the Desert Watchtower and eastern portions of the Grand Canyon. Continuing cross country to Palisades of the Desert we will have lunch and take in the beauty of the North Rim’s Walhalla Plateau and several miles of the Colorado River. This 6 mile roundtrip hike is in a remote area where few to no other hikers will be seen, thus providing a more tranquil, solitary canyon experience.

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