This posting has nothing to do with Virginia, and is instead my attempt to document details of a Grand Canyon 5 day backpacking trip I took in May, 2021.
Link to Day 1
Link to Day 2
Day 3 was our longest hike and greatest climb, but we did it as a dayhike because we had permits for two nights at Cottonwood Campground. We left our tents up and our extra food in the bear box, taking only what we would need that day. And there were two water stations along the way, which meant that we did not need to load up on water. They were not ideally located, however: one was about 1.5 miles from the start and the other 1.5 miles from the end of a 7+ mile hike each way.
The map above is not totally accurate - the water at Roaring Springs was shut off. But we knew this before we left and could work around that. The first rest area, Manzanita, came up fast. The climb was pretty negligable and we were fresh that morning. We stopped here to top off the water bottles, "camel up," and use the privy. We passed the side trail to Roaring Springs at about the 2 mile mark.
|You can see the younger hikers well above my location, in an area with many switchbacks|
that I remember from my 1974 hike.
|Here they are at the Supai Tunnel water/privy station. |
I don't remember this spot, though I remember the tunnel.
|Entering the switchbacks.|
|Old Roaring Springs area.|
|Relaxing in the stream.|
Day 4 description: Link.