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Vista Encantada, Arizona Map
4 months ago

Will be backpacking into Palisades early November.

Tanner has several steep grades interspersed by more moderate sections. The last two miles of the trail descend at a middling decline to the river. Overall, not as steep as South Kaibab but steeper than Bright Angel. The switch to Beamer from Tanner at Tanner Rapids is noticeable in that the trail switches from well-trodden to primitive. If traveling all the way to the LRC, I recommend camping the first night in one of the campsites next to the river on Beamer.

The first few miles of Beamer meander along the side of the river until you reach Palisades creek. From there, you ascend the Tapeats Sandstone and hike along the side of a cliff all the way to the LRC. This part of Beamer is difficult and unforgiving. Don't underestimate how long it will take you to complete. I decided to do this section, there and back, during a single day. I got back after sundown even though I started hiking from roughly a mile up Beamer at 7am.

Consider bringing a friend and pack extra water for the Tapeats section. You can't drink from the LRC, and water from the Colorado is inaccessible while you're on the cliffs. Consider making the hike a 3-night, 4-day trip. I only allocated two nights, and I felt like I was pushing it by doing most of Beamer in one day.