||The shortest of the Marble Canyon
tributaries. This hike involves a short walk with a
little climbing through a nice canyon to the Colorado River.
||From Highway 89A drive to the west side
of the Navajo Bridge. Turn north and head towards Lee's Ferry. After 2 miles
look for the pull out on the left (north) side of the road with a small
interpretive sign for the 'Eroding Cliffs'. If you reach the balanced rocks
on the left side of the road you have gone too far. Park in the pull out
next to the 'Eroding Cliffs' sign.
||Passenger Car - paved all the way
||Hot and windy with blowing sand
||From the car pull out. Walk across the road and down a
short distance to the concrete bridge. Walk down next to the corrugated
drain pipe into the canyon bottom past a sign the reads: "All areas below
the rim are administered by Grand Canyon National Park. Permit required for
overnight use, firearms, ground fires and pets are prohibited." It's easy
walking as to head down canyon. Shortly the canyon begins to deepen and
after about 15 minutes you'll reach a drop off. This can be bypassed by
climbing down on the right with a little exposure. Shortly below the canyon
narrows nicely and you'll reach another drop, which can be easily bypassed
by climbing around on the right. The next drop off is easily negotiated by
following a shelf on the left (and possibly the right as well, though the
left side is easier). Below this short section of narrows the canyon widens
and before long you hear then see the Colorado River. When ready, return the
way you came.
Short and sweet with nice narrows and good opportunities for photos. The
author completed this hike at a brisk pace in 1.25 hours.
||Trails Illustrated -
Grand Canyon National Park
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