I’m back! The hike went as planned as mapped, 24 miles and around 5,000’ of climbing. It was very hot and I’m tired.
Hi folks, going on another GC hike Monday, 5/28. As marked it’s around 24 miles, but I might turn around sooner if the heat (100 – 110F) is affecting me. Click map below to go to my original Google map. Markings are approximate at best; I’ll park at Grandview and will be following the Grandview trail down to Horseshoe Mesa, then heading west on Tonto for a few miles before turning around. I plan to loop the mesa on my way back, then return up the Grandview trail.
My goal is to hike the entire Tonto between Hermit and Grandview (roughly 40 miles). I wanted to do the entire span between South Kaibab and Grandview but I don’t have a shuttle for the 10-15 miles between trailheads on the rim, and I don’t feel like hiking it after a 30-mile day in the canyon…so I’m splitting the Tonto and will do the western part some other day.
I am leaving early and plan to be hiking by 5am; I should be out by noon or shortly after, back in Flagstaff by dark at latest. I’ll update this as soon as I get back. Looks like it’ll be a good day out there!