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Hiking Grand Canyon, Part One
May 4, 2015, 16:14
Filed under: Recreation

Click here for Part Two.

After we left the Mojave Desert, we drove east into Arizona to… Grand Canyon, one of the most spectacular, enormous, overused, and clichéd geological features this continent has to offer. We got there Thursday evening (4/16), and started hiking on Friday (4/17).

Friday

Our first hike of the weekend was on the South Kaibab Trail, which, along with its brother the North Kaibab, makes up a sort of corridor between the North and South Rims of the canyon.

We descended from the South Rim (Yaki Point) end of the trail. It was pleasantly cool on the rim, a nice change from the heat of the Mojave Desert.

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The view from the rim with Dad, Winnie and Mom.

We descended past the Kaibab and Toroweap limestone formations, and into the Coconino sandstone formation.

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Snow has fallen between these snow-coloured flowers.

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This plant wants to hurt something. Badly.

We then descended into the red Hermit Shale formation, and stopped at its boundary with the Supai Group formations to eat lunch.

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That red lump is O’Neill Butte. You’ll be seeing more of it soon.

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Now it’s trying to hide behind a pretty shrub.

After that, we continued down the trail to below O’Neill Butte.

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Closer…

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Closer still…

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An interesting bit of trail here.

Below the mesa the trail wound down to the Redwall Limestone, and from there would descend to the canyon floor. We, however, did not go anywhere near that far.

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Flora…

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And fauna.

(In the centre of the above photo is a mule deer. It was considerably more courteous than its namesakes the mules, which left steaming piles of green at many points along the trail; the deer just ran away.)

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Now, don’t you think that’s a little TOO close?

That’s all for now. See you Thursday with Grand Canyon: Part Two!

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How long was your hike? Was it very strenuous?

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