Sunday, June 20, 2010

Shuttle for our Grand Canyon rim-to-rim backpacking trip, Grand Canyon, Arizona


After getting our backcountry permits and knowing when and where we were going under the rim, we had to decide whether we wanted to drive to the north rim, start our hike, and get transportation back to our car at the end, or drive a bit further (we’re in Portland, Oregon), get transportation to the north rim before we hiked, and have the car waiting for us upon our return. We chose the latter, since we wanted to have a bit more flexibility on when we left to drive home, and have a car available since we assumed out legs would be tired after nearly 24 mile! Also, in hindsight, the north rim did not have the cool “I hiked rim-to-rim” shirts we purchased after the hike! :-)

Shuttle service is provided by TransCanyon Shuttle at a cost of $80 per hiker. They provide daily shuttle service, leaving the north rim at 7am daily, arriving at the south rim 11:30am, then leaving the south rim at 1:30, arriving at the north rim at 6pm. They use large vans, which can comfortably sit 8 people, a bit less comfortably 12 people. However, they do not seem to cram you into the van, as 3 vans went in our group, all with 8 hikers each. Here’s a tip – sit in the front, or as far front as you can. We were in the back seat & got tossed around a lot! And here’s an important fact that everyone asked (and they should state on their website), yes, they do stop for potty breaks – twice.

So we spent the night on the north rim (actually in a terrible hotel room) and hiked into the canyon the next day…..

2 comments:

Jerry and Suzy said...

Always thought that rim-to-rim hike would be a great one to take, but never had the strength, training or stamina to even attempt it. Glad you did it!

Jerry said...

We stayed at Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort (http://www.loonlakerv.com), one of the more scenic Oregon coast RV parks that offers camping, boating and fishing near the coast. It's an excellent Oregon campground that makes a good basecamp for deer and elk hunting! The lodge also offers cabin and yurt rentals. The Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort is located about 45 minutes from Reedsport. It offers year-round resort Oregon coast lodging in cabins, yurts and motel rooms, or waterfront camping in scenic tent or RV park sites with full-hookups, satellite TV and Wi-Fi - all on one mile of lake frontage on the scenic Loon Lake. The marina offers jet ski rentals, boat rentals and pontoon boats.

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