Days 7 & 8

October 21 and 22, 2016

Grapevine to Rim Via Grandview Trail


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Day 7 route stats (to Horseshoe Mesa):

    Distance:  6.7 miles

    Elevation Gain:  1350 feet

    Elevation Loss:  0 feet

Day 8 route stats (to Rim):

    Distance:  2.9 miles

    Elevation Gain:  2500 feet

    Elevation Loss:  0 feet

Our destination for today was Horseshoe Mesa.  We follow the Tonto Trail to Cottonwood Creek, where there should be water.  It is about 5 mostly level miles to Cottonwood.  From there it is about 1.5 miles and 1300 feet climb to Horseshoe Mesa, which is dry.  We could carry water up to the mesa from Cottonwood, or get water by hiking down the other side of the mesa to Page Spring (aka Miners Spring).  It is about 550 feet down to the spring.  Ben volunteered to hike down to the spring.  So he took off ahead of me, figuring he could almost get to the mesa and fetch water by the time I got to the top. 

I only needed to wait for about 15 minutes before Ben showed up with about 6 quarts of water.  There are only designated campsites on the mesa, but we found a nice one.  Several groups of hikers showed up after we got there, so it seemed pretty crowded. 

Cottonwood Canyon and Horseshoe Mesa.


Early the next morning we began the long slog up to the rim.  We reached the top around noon.  We drove back to the New Hance trailhead to retrieve my tent, then drove to Kanab where we checked into a motel.  We now had two days to recover and prepare for our next trip.

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