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had a great day on the l9wer salt got to take a really cool photo of a Cooper hawk

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Challenging trail with the steepness and loose gravel. Footing can be a dodgy so the descent requires some extra time planning and strategizing for safety. The descent is a bit quad-jellying and some scrambling is required. Trekking poles were helpful for balance. Trail can be difficult to follow, but pretty well marked with cairns if you pay close attention. Switchbacks are narrow. The ascent was actually easier than the way down (not as much issue with loose gravel/rocks and not as technical) and took the same amount of time for us (over 2 days). Some additional squat/lunge training probably would have made my hike more enjoyable/ recovery easier but as a first time Canyon hiker and backpacker, I'd say the trail was difficult and physically challenging, but doable. Definitely not as bad as my google searching led me to believe prior to the trip- hence this review!

hiking
19 days ago

I must say, comparing this trail to all other trails I have done, in GC it is the most difficult. I slid on the loose dirt/scree 8 times in the descent, which is unheard of since my shoes are made for trails and have great traction AND I was using poles. There was alot of boulder climbing, and a few areas with obscure perception re: how to stay on the trail. The climb is a 5180 foot elevation ascent, which I would not consider "moderate". There was ample shade on descent and ascent, gorgeous reward at the river, and beautiful and different views of the canyon. I would do it again but would advise other's to consider it a most difficult trail. For more details on this trail check out: http:home.znet.com/schester/grand_canyon/trails/
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hiking
19 days ago

This trail shouldn't be rated as Moderate, it's the most difficult trail in terms of steepness and loose rocks/scree I've been on yet in the GC. For a comparison, hiked Grandview 3 weeks earlier out and back. This hike is listed as steep and more difficult. In my opinion it's accurate, but not as difficult as New Hance. DO NOT underestimate this rating! We did this hike to the CO River and back the same day 4/29/17 in 11 total hours counting the time spent at the CO River. Four hours down, one hour at the river and six back up the ascent. It's worth every bit of sweat as the views are spectacular. The stillness and solitude are breathtaking, gives you the concept how very small we truly are compared to the natural surroundings. Preparation, fitness and hiking experience can't be stressed enough to truly enjoy this beautiful hike......

I agree it went away from river. We also came across a rattlesnake. Trail is not wide enough and had overgrown grass very close to the trail. After seeing the snake come out of the grass we decided to turn around.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Do hike the mountains 3/4 into to the left of the trail, they offer great views of lake Powell, the tower, and the spectacular scenery

The trail is not very well marked. Not near the river at all, in fact it leads away from the river. Some forks seemed confusing. We ran into a grumpy rattle snake who was ready for a fight. You can however access the river from the parking lot, which was a nice view. And we did see three wild horses walking by the river.

Walked this trail yesterday. Beautiful, green, easy loop. But beware, we encountered 2 rattlesnakes on the trail. One was really grumpy; coiled up and ready to strike.

Meandering perimeter Bartlett Lake trail. Spring (March) wildflowers extraordinaire! Be sure to go N (left) upon parking at Rattlesnake Cove picnic/beach area for true full Palo Verde trail (512?) hike: 4+mile out (8+ RT if you go to the end). Another hiking website directions say to go Right (S) from parking lot but that's Trail 511 leading towards marina (1 mile). Sparsely trafficked & spectacular!