Notes and photos from places around the world that have villages, ruins, and good food. And $35 hotels... Also, wilderness 4x4 camping and backpacking.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Grand Canyon March 2004

Bob and Andy and Andy's friend Zarko backpacked in the Grand Canyon for five nights:

1. Indian Garden, halfway down

2. Clear Creek, a good day's hike

3. Day hiking and another night at Clear Creak

4. Bright Angel, near Phantom Ranch

5. Day hiking and another night at Bright Angel

Then the 5000 foot vertical climb out, completed by 3 pm

Why stop at Indian Garden on the way in? Because you are not allowed in camp in any one place more than two nights. We had to avoid a third night in Bright Angel. Ergo...

This is a highly recommended itinerary for a first trip in the Grand Canyon. The only challenging day is Indian Garden to Clear Creek. We met a pair who left Grand Canyon Village in the morning and reached Clear Creek at noon, but they were really pushing it!

Plateau Point Posted by Hello

The Colorado from Plateau Point Posted by Hello

The silvery Colorado near Phantom Ranch Posted by Hello

On the Clear Creek trail Posted by Hello

Keep your distance... Posted by Hello

Moonrise at Clear Creek Posted by Hello

On the plateau approaching Clear Creek Posted by Hello

Spires above Clear Creek Posted by Hello

Clear Creek Posted by Hello

Down Clear Creek from the camp Posted by Hello

Cottonwood Creek Posted by Hello

Picking our way through cactus Posted by Hello

Leaving Clear Creek Posted by Hello

Spring leaves at the bottom of the canyon Posted by Hello

Ribbon Falls Posted by Hello