Me and my 3 hiking buddies are dead-set on a Spring hike (2012) in the Grand Canyon. I've been there just the once (I live/hike in the Northeast) and it was with my old Mom, so I just did a solo day-hike down the Kaibab trail on that occasion.
In the past, we've done week-long stretches on strenuous sections of the AT, but none of us have rappelling skills, or anything of that nature, so the ideal route would be trail only (scree fields, and steep, rocky decents/accents are fine). We're naturally concerned about hitting good water spots. Again, the we'd be ideally looking for marked, or semi-marked trails.
We've already looked at the Escalante route, and while it looks exciting, we were hoping to do something longer. Perhaps there's an extension of this possible?
Any and all suggestions are welcome. There're probably a gajillion posts about this here already, so I don't mind simple links to previous discussions of this matter.
Thank you in advance!