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Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch

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Offline dkerr24

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2010, 02:23:26 PM »
Even permits to just zone camp are hard to get in Grand Canyon.  My 4 night Tanner/Beamer trail backpacking trip was my 3rd alternate on my faxed itinerary request!  I faxed it 4 months prior, which is the earliest they will take permit requests.

Sure is nice just to walk up to the Panther Junction ranger station and ask for pretty much whatever I want. :)

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2010, 09:51:58 PM »
bjbriggs, we are thinking of doing North to South, at least a few nights to explore the side canyons, I saw lots of neat things to explore when I rafted through (with a commercial outfit) a few years ago.  There is a pricey shuttle (around $100) that will take you back around to the other rim, but we may impose on family to play shuttle driver.  We also considered spending a night on the South Rim and then head back to the North Rim, although more uphill going that way.... any one done any exploring at the bottom to give some recs on stuff to see?

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2010, 09:07:37 AM »
CactusFlower:  There are a number of side hikes you can do around the Phantom Ranch area.  One of my favorites is the hike up Clear Creek trail as far as the overlook.  You get a nice view of Phantom Ranch which is several hundred feet below the overlook.  The Clear Creek trail branches off the North Kaibab trail about 1/2 mile north of Phantom Ranch.  

There is also a nice waterfall about halfway up the North Kaibab trail.  I haven't personally been to the falls, but the pictures of it look very picturesque.

Another nice loop hike is to hike from Phantom Ranch, across the Silver Bridge, then along the River Trail heading east, then back across the Black Bridge and return to Phantom Ranch.

Another more challenging hike is to hike out the rough 'trail' at the north end of the Bright Angel campground and up to 'piano alley'.  It is named that for the numerous grand piano sized rocks along this area.  I haven't done this one, as there are a couple of exposed areas which I don't care to try climbing.  Someone with a lessened fear of heights might not have any trouble with this climb.
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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2010, 11:26:42 AM »
Youtube Video of our Hike to Phantom Ranch


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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2010, 11:53:12 AM »


I noticed the river is running silty in your pics... I sure hope the river clears up by the end of April, which is when my wife and I will be hiking down the Tanner trail to spend 4 nights along the Beamer trail. Less silt will make for easier water filtering. :)

Except upriver near the Glen Canyon dam, the river is always silty--that's why the Spaniards named it the Colorado.  While I am not absolutely positive, I believe you can get water at Phantom Ranch or maybe even at the campground.   Even if you can't, or if you're not camping near the ranch, take one or more collapsible buckets with you.  Fill them up with river water and let them sit for awhile, preferably overnight or during the day.  After several hours, the silt will have settled out and you can filter with no problem.  Trying to filter directly from the river will almost surely clog your filter.  I'm not familiar with the Tanner/Biemer trails--there may be side drainages on them which have much less silt than the river itself.

Even permits to just zone camp are hard to get in Grand Canyon.  My 4 night Tanner/Beamer trail backpacking trip was my 3rd alternate on my faxed itinerary request!  I faxed it 4 months prior, which is the earliest they will take permit requests.

Sure is nice just to walk up to the Panther Junction ranger station and ask for pretty much whatever I want. :)
Especially if your group is small, you can usually get a permit the morning of your hike, due to no-shows from people who do have reservations or people who leave earlier than originally planned.  I think they also set aside a small number just for walkins.  Just be sure to be at the permit desk first thing when they open.  Of course, this does not give you the security of having them in-hand, before you go and you might have to wait an extra day.


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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2010, 01:06:49 PM »

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Especially if your group is small, you can usually get a permit the morning of your hike, due to no-shows from people who do have reservations or people who leave earlier than originally planned.  I think they also set aside a small number just for walkins.  Just be sure to be at the permit desk first thing when they open.  Of course, this does not give you the security of having them in-hand, before you go and you might have to wait an extra day.


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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2010, 05:08:27 PM »
Dkerr: thanks for the suggestions, sounds like there is much to do!  The piano rocks sound neat but I share your fear of heights, I think.  :-)

That is good to know about the backup plan if the permits don't get approved.  I just sent in a request for backpacking Yellowstone next September, hope it gets approved.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2010, 12:08:09 AM »
BJ.....just got home from the airport after doing this hike in the opposite direction.  My knee is swollen and stiff and I have countless other bodyaches but what an incredible introduction to the Grand Canyon this was.  I didn't see the accumulations of snow that you did, but my trip down SK and night at Bright Angel featured powerful winds with gusts exceeding 50 mph and then a hail storm the next night at Indian Gardens.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2010, 12:14:04 AM »
BJ.....just got home from the airport after doing this hike in the opposite direction.  My knee is swollen and stiff and I have countless other bodyaches but what an incredible introduction to the Grand Canyon this was.  I didn't see the accumulations of snow that you did, but my trip down SK and night at Bright Angel featured powerful winds with gusts exceeding 50 mph and then a hail storm the next night at Indian Gardens.

Ray, wow! 

Al

PS Pictures?

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Ray52

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2010, 12:24:48 AM »
Yes Al there will be pictures.....and a trip report of my own. Soon. But the anticipation for the trip and the excitement of the actual event haven't allowed much sleep for the past week and a half and I'm going to address that situation now :icon_smile:

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2010, 08:39:21 AM »
BJ.....just got home from the airport after doing this hike in the opposite direction.  My knee is swollen and stiff and I have countless other bodyaches but what an incredible introduction to the Grand Canyon this was.  I didn't see the accumulations of snow that you did, but my trip down SK and night at Bright Angel featured powerful winds with gusts exceeding 50 mph and then a hail storm the next night at Indian Gardens.

Glad you made the trip ok.  It took me over a week to get over the soreness. Were there any of the wild flower still blooming? :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

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Ray52

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2010, 12:52:20 PM »
The wildflowers and cactus blooms were gorgeous BJ.  I'll have some photos and a report up soon.

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Re: Grand Canyon Hike to Phantom Ranch
« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2010, 11:37:14 PM »
I'll fire up the grill and put some cervezas to chill, while you recup back to the keyboard, Ray.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

 


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