Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Crossing the Grand Canyon on foot would be very difficult at certain times of the year.  Fortunately, we visited in April and got the weather just right.  Navigation is unbelievably simple, and the trails are in excellent condition throughout.  There is the possible issue of encountering mule trains, but I was the only person in our group of 7 who encountered any mules, and the delay was brief.  In my opinion, the trail to the North Rim (North Kaibab Trail) is the most scenic of the route.  The engineering that must have taken place to build this trail is astounding.  You often are traveling under precipices of rock on a trail that has been carved out beneath overhanging rocks.

Tree near Cedar Ridge

Tree near Cedar Ridge

Here is the first glimpse of the Colorado River on our way down the South Kaibab Trail

Here is the first glimpse of the Colorado River on our way down the South Kaibab Trail

In the foreground is Tim who is a fast runner and friends with Glenn (Glenn is farther along).  This is along the South Kaibab Trail before reaching Skeleton point

In the foreground is Tim who is a fast runner and friends with Glenn (Glenn is farther along). This is along the South Kaibab Trail before reaching Skeleton point

Glenn descending the South Rim

Glenn descending the South Rim

The North Kaibab trail is very dramatic with bridges and extremely steep side walls

The North Kaibab trail is very dramatic with bridges and extremely steep side walls

Here is Glenn and Tim.  Many, many flowers were blooming down at the bottom.  It’s spring time down there in April (though at the top of the North Rim, you will see snow!)

Here is Glenn and Tim. Many, many flowers were blooming down at the bottom. It’s spring time down there in April (though at the top of the North Rim, you will see snow!)

This is my shot of Ribbon Falls; it’s not far off the main route, so it can be worth a visit if you are crossing the canyon.  Since we were running 48 miles, I didn’t have the energy to compose a great shot, but here are some of the pictures that inspired me to make the detour:  http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000iqb9R8G8hTY/s/860/860/MG-0076.jpg http://adamschallau.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Grand-Canyon-Ribbon-Falls-2513.jpg

This is my shot of Ribbon Falls; it’s not far off the main route, so it can be worth a visit if you are crossing the canyon. Since we were running 48 miles, I didn’t have the energy to compose a great shot, but here are some of the pictures that inspired me to make the detour:
http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000iqb9R8G8hTY/s/860/860/MG-0076.jpg
http://adamschallau.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Grand-Canyon-Ribbon-Falls-2513.jpg

Cirque on the North Rim

Cirque on the North Rim

The trail to the North Rim is actually more amazing than either of the South Rim trails in my opinion.

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