We got up at 6:00 a.m. this morning to do the South Kiabab Trail hike as far as Cedar Ridge. This is one of the popular day hikes in the canyon. The trail head is not accessible by car. You have to ride one of the park shuttles to get there. We arrived at the trail head around 7:20. The trail begins with series of switchbacks that descend quickly into the canyon. From there, the trail proceeds to Cedar Ridge after another mile and a half. The total descent is around 1100 feet. The trail offers spectacular views along the way of the inner canyon. At Cedar Ridge, you get a nearly 360 degree view.
The return hike was problematic for me, whereas for Teagan is was a walk in the park. I had to rest several times. After I tired of Teagan’s insults, I instructed her to go ahead of me and meet me at the trailhead.
We rejoined at the top and took the trail shuttle back to a transfer point to take another shuttle to Bright Angel Lodge. We wanted to check to see if there were any single-day mule rides available into the canyon. Because the shuttles were so busy, it took a while to get across the park. It turned out there were rides available on Monday, but we didn’t want to do those.
While at Bright Angel Lodge, we picked up lunch, and walked the rim trail eastward to Yavapai Observation Station. From there, we took the shuttle back to the parking lot where our car was. It turned out that using the shuttle took a lot longer than we could have walked the distance.
We returned to the motel so I could rest and make some reservations for our next stop in Page. I reserved a “personal water craft” for Tuesday on Lake Powell and a trip to Antelope Canyon on Monday.
We returned to the park around 4:30 and took the shuttle out to Pima Point. Our plan was to walk the rim trail back to Hopi Point to watch the sunset. Unfortunately, a lot of the rim trail was not along the rim, but inland. After 3 miles, we came to The Abyss and decided to use the shuttle to get to Hopi Point. Because to the stops the shuttles make, we had to go all the way out to Hermit’s Rest and come back to Hopi Point. Since the bus stops for about 10 minutes at Hermit’s Rest, we got drinks there. While there, Teagan realized she left her camera somewhere, so I told the bus driver about it. With their communication system, he learned that a passenger on the next bus had turned a camera in and it would be at Hermit’s Rest in 10 minutes. So many cameras are left behind in the park, we didn’t know if it was Teagan’s or not, but it turned out that it was.
We finally got the Hopi Point right at sunset and saw a much prettier one than on Wednesday. The wind really kicked up during sunset and continued until the last bus came through to pick up the visitors on the Hermit line. We got to our car and returned to the motel around 9:00 p.m.