As you probably know, it's the time of year for Grand Canyon National Park permits. I just received two permits for rather ambitious, one-way hikes. I'm permitted for a party size of 4, but so far I'm the only one going. That's where you come in! Below are the itineraries of both hikes. You, a friend of yours, your stuffed turtle; all are welcome! The catch: you or your stuffed turtle must have your own car (you know, for the whole one-way hike thing). I also ask that you remit me the $5/person/night permit fee for yourself and whomever you bring along (turtles hike free with paying adult). Only well-conditioned, experienced desert hikers please – this is a rough itinerary!
Hike 1: South Bass to Bright Angel
Trip 1: South Bass to Bright Angel
4/13: Start from South Bass TH. Hike down to Serpentine Canyon, 8.8 miles.
4/14: Serpentine Canyon to Ruby Canyon, 4.8 miles.
4/15: Ruby Canyon to Turquoise Canyon, 5.8 miles.
4/16: Turquoise Canyon to Slate Canyon, 9.3 miles.
4/17: Slate Canyon to Hermit Creek, 10.8 miles.
4/18: Day of rest at Hermit Creek.
4/19: Hermit Creek to Salt Creek, 7.2 miles.
4/20: Salt Creek to Indian Garden, 7.3 miles.
4/21: Indian Garden to Bright Angel Trailhead, 4.8 miles.
Trip 2: Tanner TH to South Kaibab TH
4/27: Start from Tanner TH, down to Tanner Rapids, 6.5 miles.
4/28: Tanner Rapids to Hance Rapdis, 12 miles. <-- LONG, hard day!
4/29: Hance Rapids to Hance Creek, 6 miles.
4/30: Hance Creek to Cottonwood Creek, 5 miles.
5/1: Day of rest at Cottonwood Creek.
5/2: Cottonwood Creek to Grapevine Canyon, 5.5 miles.
5/3: Grapevine Canyon to Lonetree Canyon, 8.6 miles.
5/4: Lonetree Canyon to South Kaibab TH, 8.5 miles
Please private-message me here or email me at ESmithRN a@t Gmail.com if you're interested.
A little about me: 24 year old male Registered Nurse from Los Angeles area with quite a bit of cross-country hiking/backpacking experience in Death Valley, Anza-Borrego, Sequoia, and Olympic. I pack rather light, and tend to hike fast when I'm alone but I'm more than happy to take it slow. I do insist on starting early (hit the trail before 8 AM) but am fine with splitting up during the day. I carry a PLB and GPSr. I love trees, long walks on the beach, and stuffed turtles.