On Thursday I woke up early and hit the trail at 5:40am to catch sunrise and run the following route:
- Started at a parking lot about 1 mile from the South Rim
- Ran down the South Kaibab Trail a little over 7 miles to Phantom Ranch, which is just past the Colorado River at the base of the canyon
- Went about 3.5 or 4 miles past Phantom Ranch on the beginning of the North Kaibab trail that climbs to the North Rim
- Turned around and ran it back!
The route is no joke, and you lose 5,000 of vertical of 7 miles going from the rim down to Phantom Ranch. The climb back up was all sorts of fun. I ran 1:20 down from the rim to Phantom Ranch, 2:10 back up from Phantom Ranch, and 4:50 for the whole ~24 mile route.Jen and I hiked a similar route the next day. We had Jen's awesome camera for the trek, so start getting excited for the next post, which is going to be killer!
In the meantime, here are a few pictures I took on my phone:
This is a creek that feeds the Colorado River. I ran along this after passing Phantom Ranch at the bottom. This picture is really out of order, but the blog was not cooperating, so oh well.
The sun is just started to hit the south rim of the canyon