We spent a few days camping near Kanab,Utah. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is nearby and we did some hiking there. The North Rim is about 1000ft higher than the South Rim and from trails along it one can overlook the South Rim.
The Widforss point trail leads 5 miles out to a North Rim overlook. An interesting flat tableland can be seen below. Across the Canyon is the lower South Rim and the San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff,AZ can be seen in the distance.
Jet contrails above Widforss Point
San Francisco peaks
Closeup view of the San Francisco peaks from Widforss point
Wesley takes in the view from Widforss Point
it was a sunny,warm Oct day and we had our lunch there
Wesley at Widforss Point
Kanab was our base of operations while visiting the North Rim
Moonset over US 89
Early morning drive into Kanab from our campsite in the national forest outside of town. The moon was just setting. We were headed to the Mcdonalds for breakfast.
another day on the North rim. We drove the winding road up to Point Imperial and hiked part of the Ken Patrick trail. Wonderful views such as this one of the spire of Mt Hayden. One can see out over the South Rim all the way back to the mountains near Flagstaff.
The Park Service was conducting a controlled burn in the forest along the North Rim. It can be seen here as we hiked the Ken Patrick trail.
Overlooking the South Rim
the faint line of a road can be seen in center of photo.
North Rim hiker
Wesley on the Ken Patrick trail with Mt Hayden in the distance.
Hiking at Cape Final
after our 6 mile hike (3 miles out and back)along the Ken Patrick trail,we continued along the road and hiked a few miles out to Cape final for more North Rim views.
Flat topped mesa
this interesting mesa could be seen from Cape Final
Thirsty hiker at Cape Final
Cape Final promontory
Setting sun along the Cape Final trail
hiking the few miles back to the trailhead late in the afternoon
continuing our explorations in the Kanab area,we drove the Tuweep road the next day. This is a 61 mile long gravel road that leads to a point on the North Rim with a 3000 ft sheer drop down to the Colorado River. The point is called Tuweep and there is a campground there. The last 3 miles of the road down into the campground are brutal with large rocks and nasty gullies. This fence about 5 miles from the Tuweep point marks the boundary of Grand Canyon National Park.
rustic wooden flagpole at the Tuweep ranger station.
Wesley at Tuweep
Wes gazes 3000 ft down to the Colorado River!
On the edge!
We stayed overnite at the Tuweep campground and hiked the Tuckup trail which follows along the rim 3 miles out from the campground. You can walk over to the edge for dramatic views. Sometimes looking down can give a sense of vertigo!
view down from the Tuckup trail. Rugged terrain along the Colorado River.
standing on a small ledge for this cliffside view!
Moonrise over the Tuweep campground
lying flat on my stomach and peering out over the edge. It does make you a tad dizzy!
vertical rock face at the Tuweep overlook.
South Rim from Tuweep
the convoluted landscape of the lower South Rim can be seen here.
Wes relaxes at Tuweep
Rafts and Kayaks
hiking again out along the Tuckup trail I glimpsed these river runners
Wesley on the Tuckup trail
Wes is a cautious hiker and will go only so close to the edge and no further!
Rapids and beaches
view down from the Tuckup----rapids in the Colorado and small beaches. River runners often camp on these little beaches,a trip I`d love to do someday!