Highs and Lows

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Grand Canyon 3

Yesterday, Friday, we again walked over to Market Square and caught the Blue Route bus.  Our plan, however, was different.  We'd talked with some folks from Olympia, Washington, who tipped us off to the beauty of Yaki Point.  This point is at the extreme eastern end of the Park.  We were looking to ride the Orange Route bus to access it. The Blue Bus got us to the transfer point.

Once again, we hiked a bit and rode a bit.  We stopped, by bus, at the South Kaibab Trailhead and took a hike down.  This is the Mule Train access point and one of the few places one can hike down the six-thousand or so feet of altitude into the Canyon.  The presence of mules was clearly evident by their "trademark" on the trail itself.  We hiked down only from 7,300' to about 7, 000 feet, a distance I'd estimate at about a half mile, round trip. It's relatively steep at the top, but apparently, according to folks we met, it levels out at about a hiking mile or so down.  There are numerous Rock Squirrels begging for food along the trail.  

The photos of this and the rest of our "adventures" are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/, as usual.  The internet is a bit "iffy" here with the phone, but I did manage to get some photos and a few videos put up last eve.  I also posted a good shot of Lynn on The Rim trail of Facebook, if that's where you hang out.

The hike back from the trail head is a couple of miles or so of paved surface.  Compared to the west end of this part of the Canyon, there were far fewer folks around.  The area, as told to us, is extremely beautiful and obviously a good choice for sunrise and sunset.

It has been warmer at night now, so we can have our water hooked up.  We've had enough sun to get decent photos and only enough wind to clear the air. We can't really ask for much more, if anything.

Lisa and her gang are on the way here as I write this.  I'll report back, with photos, eventually of our trip today and the eight of us having dinner in a two-person house.  It should be a blast!

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ferdie on

Just keeps gettin' better....should be a 'riot' with the whole gang! Enjoy!!

photodon on

I'd passed the sign for Yaki point on my way in the east entrance from Flagstaff. I'm hoping to get there again later this year. Nice pix on Flickr.

Sus on

Hey Ralphie the Kiaibab trail is where I hiked in. Beauty aye!

Chris on

I remember sitting dangling legs north over the rim near sunset with an outcrop jutting into the canyon on my right. The sun dropped below the cloud and for a few minutes backlit the outcrop. The flash of light was stunning.

Mike on

That is a nice hike down. a bit tough though---in my younger days, once when I was 28 and again when 57, I made it all the way to the lookout and the river....the first time it was in the 90s out and that was a bit of a tough one----but a 28 year old is in much better shape....at least the 28 year old me. I have not tried those buses but will nest time Q and I are there.

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