Tonto Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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The Tonto Trail is a hiking trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona.AccessThe Tonto Trail does not terminate at either rim of the Grand Canyon, but begins along the south bank of the Colorado River at Garnet Canyon (western end) and ends at Red Canyon (eastern end), also at the Colorado River. Through most of its 70-mile length, the trail runs along the Tonto Platform, the bench in the Grand Canyon that separates the inner gorge from the upper canyon.DescriptionTonto crosses the South Bass Trail, Boucher Trail, Hermit Trail, Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and the New Hance Trail. The Grandview Trail is also accessible via its eastern and western spurs. All of the connecting trails provide access to and from the Grand Canyon south rim, while the Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail both provide access to the Colorado River, and the north rim via the North Kaibab Trail.At Garnet Canyon, the Tonto Trail officially ends, but a trail continues along the Colorado River to Elves Chasm. There is also a junction with the Royal Arch Route, which requires a rappel from to access the river trail. At Red Canyon, the eastern end of the Tonto Trail, the Escalante Route continues eastward, connecting to the Tanner Trail and Beamer Trail at Unkar Creek.
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  • Lovers of tours on a day, this loop trip seemed to suit us. On 26 June 2018 afternoon, the day before the hike we went to the visitor center to have some information. The Ranger to whom we explained our project, a Lady of fifty years certainly quite experienced, looking at us seemed a little puzzled. In fact, I guess if she had known exactly what our age was, I think she would have advised us not to undertake this hike. But we told him, and it was true, that we used to go hiking in the summer in the Alpes Maritimes and that two months before we had climbed and descended more than 800 m the same day, a little less than the elevation of the Bright Angel trail (930 m) , but it was by a temperature of 25 ° Celsius... She recommended we leave very early in the morning to avoid the very high heat and to take with us enough water, i.e. one litre per person and per hour of hike to the water point of Indian garden camp ground. To prepare this hike I had read some stories of people who had made this hike, which finally did not seem too difficult... but it was usually not in the summer. In fact having seen some photos, my main concern was to meet snakes. The Ranger was very reassuring about that. The next day, 27 June, we took the shuttle from 5 am and began to descend by the South Kaibab trail a little before 6 pm. A beautiful ride with the rising sun. We arrived at the intersection with the Tonto trail at about 8:30 am and after a snack break we took the Tonto trail around 9 am. we had to walk about a little less than 7 km and just about at the same altitude , it should not be too difficult. Big mistake! First the Tonto trail is not flat: we keep going down 30 m and then go up 25, which is quite normal in the mountains, but particularly tiring under a high heat. Actually the real heatwave. On the first part of the path she began to get hard felt. Halfway to the end of the pipe spring Canyon that we had to bypass we were able to pause in the shade of small trees. But after these are only rocks and small bushes. At this time the Sun is already high in the sky and the shade rather rare. We were walking for 10 minutes, looking for a small square metre of shadow behind a rock to rest for 5 minutes and especially for drinking. And so on... What was the temperature? According to the statement consulted later on Google with 104 ° Fahr...
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  • We covered the piece of the Tonto trail that connects South Kaibab to Bright Angel. Although not as spectacular as the other two remains a very nice trail (we are still in the Grand Canyon!), easy, flat and lonely. We did not encounter absolutely none when we travelled (unlike in the South Kaibab and Bright Angel which are consistently crowded).
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