Are you looking for something fun to do? If so, then backpacking the grand canyon is what you should do. Here are the best places to do it.
1. The Horseshoe Mesa Circuit- If you plan on spending only a few days in the area, then make sure to backpack the Horseshoe Mesa Circuit, which connects the Grandview Trail with Hance Creek and Cottonwood. It’s 16-miles and will easily take you a few nights to complete. Best of all, you will be treated to some of the most fantastic views of the area.
On the first day, you can hike for nearly six miles between Grandview and Hance Creek. From there, you can make your way to Cottonwood Creek via Tonto, which will is around five miles. You can finish the hike by going out to Grandview Trailhead, once you have gone back to Horseshoe Mesa.
2. The Escalante Route- This trek is 33 miles in total, and you’ll want to set aside at least five days to complete it. It starts from the Tanner Trail, and it will take you all the way to the Grandview Trail. This is a challenging hike, and you will complete 15 miles of it looking 1,000 feet below, where you’ll see the river, and you’ll come across steep slopes, and you’ll climb up a wall that is over 30-feet high.
Hiking this route may be tough, but camping is comfortable. A friend of mine who owns a Chico roofing company said it’s difficult but definitely worth it for the views and the experience overall. He said it’s one of the best backpacking trips he’s ever been on. You can expect to spend most nights by the river and sleeping among the soft sand. There’s also plenty of water in the area, and you will find it easy to get to sleep.
3. The Grandview/Tonto/Bright Angel Hike- This is a route that is 35-miles in total, and you will spend a bulk of the time on the Tonto Trail, which you will take to Grapevine Creek. Before you do that, you’ll start off at Grandview Point and head towards Cottonwood Creek. You’ll stay on the Tonto Trail until you reach the Bright Angel Trail, which is where you’ll spend the night at the gorgeous Indian Garden.
The above three hikes are the best to do if you want to go backpacking in the Grand Canyon. There are a lot of other great hikes you can do. However, those are the ones you should do first, but make sure you are prepared and have everything you need to complete the hike you choose to go on.