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Trip Report - December, 1990 - South Kaibab, North Kaibab, Clear Creek and Bright Angel Trails

This trip did not go off exactly as planned and ended up not being a backpacking trip at all, but it was still quite a bit of fun.

As originally planned we were supposed to go down the Red Canyon (New Hance) Trail to Hance Rapids for one night. From there we were supposed to take the Tonto Trail east to Horseshoe Mesa and stay there for the second night. The final day would be a climb back out to the rim on the Grandview Trail.

When we arrived at the Canyon it was snowing and I was not very optimistic about doing anything at all, let alone the trip as planned. When the snow finally stopped we headed out to the Red Canyon Trail trailhead to check things out. We found the markers for the trailhead off of the East Rim Drive but could tell where the trail was or where it went over the rim so it was a no-brainer to cancel the trip. We really were not prepared for a hike in snow and ice on an unmaintained trail.

When we got back to the village I checked to see if there was anything available at Phantom Ranch, just for chuckles. I was grasping at straws to try and pull something off and I really didnít expect to get anything. I was really surprised to find that there was a cabin available and I snatched it up for 3 nights. OK, so it wasnít going to be a backpacking trip but it was going to be fun and a heck of a lot easier, especially for Robin. We would not have to carry any gear on this trip and all we would need to bring with us would be some clothes and some food.

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Day 1 - South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch
Day 2 - Ribbon Falls day hike
Day 3 - Day hike on the Clear Creek Trail
Day 4 - Hiking out on the Bright Angel Trail

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