Driving approximately 150 miles one way to Tonto Rim Trailhead, with stop; about 4 hours; rough, bumpy road in sections. Hiking approximately 5 miles total for the day: about 3 miles roundtrip on Tonto Rim; approximately 2.5 hours, roughly 500-foot ascent; approximately 1 mile to Colorado River on Diamond Creek Road; less than 1 hour, uneven footing and varied terrain, walking in water typically about ankle deep on trail; old sneakers or river sandals recommended.
At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring both hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll load the vans and transfer to Grand Canyon Caverns Inn where we will have a short restroom break and drop off our luggage trailer for the day. We’ll then continue our transfer to the trailhead at Peach Springs Canyon in the western Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Nation lands. The first of our two hikes for the day will be on an open plateau on the Tonto Rim, which offers spectacular canyon views. This wilderness location has all of the iconic inner Grand Canyon scenery that one could ask for, but without the crowded masses of visitors that more popular locations experience. Due to very little shade being present on the Tonto Rim, if extreme high temperatures are in the forecast then the Group Leader may alter the hike destination along the Diamond Creek Road.
Along the trail, we’ll stop at a pleasant spot to enjoy our sack lunches containing a pre-made sandwich, fruit, chips, and cookie. Cold drinks available upon return to vans after hike.
Once back at the vans we will set out on a walk along Diamond Creek Road, which follows the year-round flow of Diamond Creek proper, to the Colorado River. Please bring a pair of old sneakers or sturdy river sandals with good soles that you can change into and get wet for the 1-mile walk to the Colorado River. Diamond Creek is typically ankle deep. Ultimately we will gather at the Colorado River for photos and discussions on river history and ecology. We’ll then return to the vans and transfer back to the inn for a late afternoon check-in.
At the inn restaurant, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Gathering in the inn’s meeting room with our Group Leader, we’ll engage in a preparatory session focused on hiking down to the village of Supai in the morning. A complete review of packing strategies, hiking tips, distances, clothing and personal gear needed will be discussed. Be sure to consolidate personal items into larger duffle bags to be carried to the Havasupai Lodge by horses. We will only be at the Havasupai Lodge for two nights so we will plan on minimizing what we pack down. Bring a small nylon stuff sack or trash bag to put your personal gear in; no hard sided luggage for the horse packs. For the hike down we will use our day packs to carry our lunch, water, personal gear and wet weather outer wear. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.