A lone Cottonwood along the Tonto between S. Kaibab and Bright Angel
I tried to recruit a group to join me for a day hike in the canyon. Who
wouldn't want to join me? Practically everyone I asked. Seems like everyone
has something more important going on. What could be more important? Knitting
a sweater? Pulling weeds? Deep-conditioning your hair? At the last minute,
Cliff Anderson decided to come along. You can always count on Cliff to join
you for an adventure.
Cliff Anderson at Cedar Ridge holding his hat so it doesn't blow down
below the Redwall.
This day hike is becoming pretty popular; but not too popular to take all
the enjoyment out of it. It's 13 mi. and it took us 6 hrs., including a
liberal lunch stop at Indian Garden. The highlight had to be the stretch of
Tonto where we encountered very few people. This section offers 360 degree
views from the Tonto Platform, including sightings of Phantom Ranch and the
River. The weather was windy (gusting to 40 mph) and in the 40's when we
started. At Indian Garden, it was only mildly windy and in the 70's. So we
started the hike with gloves and wool hats and finished in shorts and
t-shirts. There was snow on the trail near the top -- from the storm over the
Switchbacks on the S. Kaibab Trail allow easy
passage below the redwall.
(L) From the Tonto just west of the Tipoff, you can see
Phantom Ranch and the North Rim's Grand Canyon Lodge (if you have binoculars).
(R) Zoroaster Temple from a unique perspective along the Tonto (and a few
people that we saw along the way).
Typical Tonto trail meander and traverse.
Garden Creek and Plateau Point / Tonto Trail come into view
as we approach Indian Garden.
Where the Tonto-East and Bright Angel meet, just north of
Another satisfied customer!