Onto Horshoe Mesa

May 19th 2008 — Grand Canyon,National Parks — 10:30 am

I was wrong about how far we got the first day, we actually stayed that night in Arizona. We made it to the Grand Canyon around noon or so and went to the Backcountry Office to try to get a permit. The woman there was quite helpful and we got a permit for 2 nights.

The plan was to to hike down to Horseshoe Mesa via the Grandview Trail once we packed our bags. (I’d been to Horseshoe Mesa over spring break). The next day involved hiking down the east side of the Mesa (all new territory for me now), onto the Kaibab Plateau, upriver and down the canyon ending near the Hance Rapids on the Colorado River. The third day was planned as hiking from the river to the rim via the New Hance Trail.

Spring Break the Grandview Trail was covered in snow and ice and made for a hella scary hike. This time everything was totally dry and that made the goings quite nice. It was a mild hike to the mesa and we had time to explore some. We went into the Cave of the domes but didn’t make it to the signatures as Ghostbag hindered our progress.

Signs Davy Hiking Grand Canyon Flowers Davy Hiking 2 Onto Horshoe Mesa Davy

4 Comments »

  1. Dude, sweet pictures. The Red Flowers are called Indian Paint brush!

    Comment by Luke Shorty — May 19, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
  2. I’m with Luke – the pictures are really fabulous (the colors are super brilliant). Also, Grandview trail looks like a WAY more rational decision in May than in March!

    Comment by Kez — May 19, 2008 @ 7:26 pm
  3. Thanks for the compliments, your payoff money is in the mail.

    Comment by michael — May 20, 2008 @ 11:25 pm
  4. I love Indian Paint Brush! And I love your canyon pictures!

    Comment by mom — May 27, 2008 @ 11:34 am

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