Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hiking the Grand Canyon with Kids!

Over spring break Helen and I took some friends down to Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Cara Webster is 14 and her brother Jared is 10. They carried their ow backpacks, thus relieving Daddy Don and Mommy Ann from having to carry everything for them. Everyone did great on this hike.




Here's a picture of our group as we started out on the South Kaibab Trail. It was a little cold to start out but we walked into increasingly warmer temperatures.




Windy Ridge on the trail. The day before, the wind was howling about 50 mph across this ridge. We were lucky to have missed that!









The upper strata of the South Rim. From top to bottom it is the Kaibab Limestone, Toroweap Fm., Coconino Sandstone, Hermit Fm., and Supai Group.








These are red and white switchbacks through the Redwall LImestone, about halfway down to the river.





Our group hiking with Zoroaster Temple looming ahead across the Colorado River.









This was our view as we approached Panorama Point, about 5 miles down the trial. You can see the ribbon green of Bright Angel Creek and our camp was on the left hand side of it.






Ahh, the Colorado River. What a gem. Look at the sedimentary rocks in the upper part of the photo. They belong to the Grand Canyon Supergroup rocks.





A bighorn sheep ewe was just sitting on the trail as we approached the Phantom Ranch area.

1 comment:

Alley Kaye said...

Wow, great pictures and glad to hear that everyone fared well on the hike. Thanks for sharing your work.