I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hike to Cottonwood

01 Mike & Gaelyn at North Kaibab trailhead NR GRCA NP AZ (1022x1024)

In order to get to the Colorado River rafting trip I had to hike 14 miles down the North Kaibab trail. Mike joined me for the first 7 miles to Cottonwood campground. Nice to have company and break up the long hike.

02 Sunrise over Walhalla Plateau from North Kaibab trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x875)

During the heat of August isn’t my preferred time to hike into Grand Canyon so we left shortly after sunrise.

03 Mike with NR above North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

Although I’d hiked this section of the rim-to-rim corridor trail before, Mike had only hiked to the Redwall bridge, 2.6 miles down.

04 Looking down North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (573x1024)

It’s a long and winding trail into Roaring Springs Canyon…

05 Roaring Springs from North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

…and 4.7 miles to Roaring Springs where a huge waterfall pours out of the canyon walls.

06 Bright Angel Creek at Roaring Springs Ranger Residence North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Then only a mile further a welcome rest stop at the Roaring Springs Ranger residence sitting along Bright Angel Creek.

07 Mike crossing Bright Angel Creek along North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

After a cool down and water refill we crossed the creek.

08 Tapeats sandstone along North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (1024x767)

Walked through the ancient Tapeats sandstone deposited about 525 million years ago near a receding western shoreline.

09 Bright Angel Creek Cottonwood campground along North Kaibab trail GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

And enjoyed dipping our toes into Bright Angel Creek most of the hot afternoon at Cottonwood campground.


trav4adventures said...

How beautiful! You'll have to hike for me...I couldn't do that!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice post and your photos, too.


Diane said...

That looks like very hard work to me, you must be very fit :-) All the photos are excellent but I love that one of the sky. Diane

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great hike. I love all the water. I bet you did also.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Sigh. I would have a hard time leaving that beautiful water. SO beautiful, Gaelyn.

Firefly the Travel Guy said...

The scenery going down is breathtaking, specially seeing all the streams and waterfalls.

Fotokarusellen said...

This is really a great blog. Wonderful work.

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