Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grand Canyon rim-to-rim backpacking trip ~ Day 1, Cottonwood Campground, Grand Canyon, Arizona

We arrived at Cottonwood Campground at 1:48pm, after leaving the North Rim at 7:10, spending an hour at the Pumphouse Residence and a few other stops (chat with other hikers, get drinking water, stop to use restrooms – or wherever else we found a spot, etc..) ~ it was a total of 6.8 miles and 4161’ elevation change. We were both pretty hot – maybe a bit too hot, and spent the afternoon lying on the picnic table which we drug into a shady spot under a tree until the sun went down. It was at this point that we walked around and noticed a nice place to relax and cool-off in the water - bummer! It would have been nice if there was a campground map, showing where things (i.e. bathroom, campsites, river) were, but there was none. In fact, as we were hiking along, we just happened to notice a pole with a “1” painted on it, then another pole with a “2” painted on it, and we realized those were the campsites. There was no ranger staying at the ranger station, and it didn’t appear as if one had been by in a couple weeks, since the weather update was from mid-May.

We hung out for the rest of the day/early evening, chatted with some friends from Massachusetts we made while meandering the north rim the evening before, and turned in for the night pretty early – we were planning an early start the next day.

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