Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip (Part 2)

On day 2 we hiked down the Cottonwood Creek trail to a spring.  The trail descends about 750 feet in a mile and a half.  It was very steep and narrow on the way down.  We found the spring just in time…I only had 16 ozs of water left.  We then picked up the Tonto trail and walked it all the way around the Western arm of the Horseshoe Mesa.  The goal was to complete the loop and walk to Miner’s Spring on the Eastern arm, but in our haste to outrun a small thunderstorm we turned right too soon.  This decision led us up a very steep trail to the top of the Western Arm.

Before Sunset we explored a few mines around the top of the Eastern arm of the Mesa.  Then Day 3 we hiked back up the 3 mile Grandview trail.  I did not remember the trail being quite so difficult on the way down?  This was an amazing hike.

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    • sanderling
    • August 14th, 2011

    Liked your two Grand View videos a lot. I descended the Grand View this past May as the first day of a rim to rim to rim by way of the Grand View, North Kaibab and Hermit, so your shots of heading on down to Cottonwood Creek brought back a lot of memories. Seems you enjoyed it (and maybe cursed it) as much as I did! Thanks!

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