Driving approximately 35 miles one way to Trailhead; about 1 1/4 hours; rough, bumpy road in sections. Diamond Creek Hike; approximately 5 1/2 miles round trip; approx. 4.5 hours. Stream gradient elevation with rocky stream bed substrate and occasion cut bank step-ups and step-downs, sparse vegetation. Tonto Rim Hike; approximately 6 miles total for the day; approximately 4.5 hours, roughly 500-foot ascent; rocky trail, one side drainage section to negotiate with larger step downs and step ups.
Breakfast buffet at the Caverns Restaurant.
Depart after breakfast for an all-day hike in Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Nation lands. Our hike will be located in the western Grand Canyon in the Peach Springs Canyon / Diamond Creek area. NOTE: Due to Hualapai Tribal mandates that requires a tribal liaison to accompany our group - we will not know the actual availability of a tribal liaison until the start of our program. The presence of archaeological and cultural resources that may be encountered on the Tonto Rim is the impetus for the tribal liaison's participation and will determine which of the two hiking locations will be available to our group. We will hike in either the Diamond Creek or the Tonto Rim area. Be prepared for either of the following hikes. The Diamond Creek Hike offers unique riparian habitat and a spectacular "inner canyon" experience. Round trip approximately 5 1/2 miles. Stream gradient elevation. The hike culminates with towering granite and metamorphic rock walls towering a thousand feet over head! Note that you WILL be walking in ankle deep water and we will cross the creek numerous times. Hiking boots are highly recommended due to the rocky nature of the stream bed. In an arid environment boots typically dry completely overnight! Sturdy closed toed athletic shoes such as New Balance, Nike or Keens for example with sturdy soles and a good lace up configuration can be substituted. Hiking poles are highly recommended. Your Group Leader will have a few loaner hiking poles and will advise the group prior to the hike the proper use of hiking equipment and foot ware. The Tonto Rim Hike is largely on an open plateau. Round trip approximately 6 miles. From our starting point we climb on a rocky trail approximately 3/4 mile and a 500 foot elevation gain to the Tonto Rim proper. The Tonto Rim affords spectacular canyon and river views. Extra care will be taken with footing as the group negotiate a side drainage and various cactus varieties along the trail.
Sack lunches along the trail. Sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit and carrots or grapes. Cold drinks available upon return to vans after hike.
Continue hike. Once we return to the vans on the TONTO RIM HIKE we will drive the last 1.5 miles of the Diamond Creek Road to the Colorado River. Once we return to the vans on the DIAMOND CREEK HIKE you will have the opportunity to walk the last 1 mile to the Colorado River (or catch a ride in the vans). Upon arriving at the Diamond Creek beach and the Colorado River enjoy the scene before you and ponder the forces that carved the Grand Canyon. This will be a perfect time for a photo op and to dip your toe in the cold river. Return to Caverns Inn in late afternoon.
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.