Backpacker’s Greatest: The Grand Canyon Escalante Route

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Within the newest situation of Backpacker Journal “The Better of Backpacker,” the editors made wonderful selections when it got here to picking the highest hikes featured within the ‘Greatest Journeys Ever’ article within the present situation. Their alternative for the primary path is The John Muir path which can not shock many individuals since Backpacker named it the “Most Lovely Path in America” again in 2007 and anybody who has hiked even a part of the path will discover it arduous to argue.

The path in second place took me unexpectedly at first, not as a result of this path is undeserving however, as a result of I all the time thought it so below rated that it would not be thought of in anybody’s, other than avid Grand Canyon hikers, high ten. The path is the Escalante Route within the Grand Canyon and it’s undoubtedly my favourite route from the South Rim and top-of-the-line backpacking journeys in all the canyon.

On this trek, you observe the Colorado River for nearly 10 miles, winding out and in of facet canyons to a few campsites alongside the river.┬áThe views are wonderful and individuals are a uncommon discover, however it does take additional effort to get these rewards. The Tanner Path is the popular path all the way down to the Escalante Route and the primary 2 miles are so steep that they’ll make your thighs quiver with fatigue. On the decrease parts of the path, there are sections which can be as slim as one foot broad.

Components of the Escalante Route are equally as tough with essentially the most tough being the sequence of ledges that one should scramble up from the river at Papago Creek and the steep rock strewn slope you will need to descend on the opposite facet. Technically, the Escalante Route ends at Hance Rapids and plenty of hikers take the New Hance path because the exit path again to the South Rim. I am glad that the Backpacker route consists of the hike to the highest of Horseshoe Mesa which is the house of the previous Final Likelihood Copper Mine and Cave of the Domes.

For most individuals, the Rim to Rim hike is a should do Grand Canyon trek however this unbelievable 5 or 6 day backpacking journey must be positioned on a bucket record of mountaineering journeys as nicely. As I’ve said in previous articles, use the knowledge in Backpacker journal as a place to begin after which proceed your analysis by way of mountaineering guides comparable to Falcon Guides, and most significantly the Backcountry Workplace on the Grand Canyon Nationwide Park.

Source by Ray Hendricks

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