I did my first, albeit brief, hike in the Grand Canyon in 1977.  I was hooked and managed to not only get in some backpacking trips while I was in graduate school, but also was able to do a lot over the five times I worked on either of the canyon's two rims.  Since 1990 I have lived in nearby Flagstaff and continue to pursue my passion of hiking in the canyon.  As of April 2016 I have recorded over 340 separate trips covering over 750 days, from day hikes to backpacking journeys lasting more than a week.  I started to wonder how many separate days of the year I had hiked.  It turns out that I have done a hike in the canyon on at least 272 calendar days (including leap day).  That leaves 94 days.  I say "at least" because I have 42 hikes recorded for specific months but without specific dates - half from my first two years of hiking the canyon, 1979 and 1980.  Well, nothing is perfect, although I will continue to look over my materials to see if I can't pinpoint dates for those hikes.  Still, I thought it would be interesting to post up one photo from each hike I have done for each day of the year, as best I can.  So, I will start this page by adding in photos more or less on their appropriate date.  Yes, that means this will take a year!  I'll note the non-hiking days here in case I am able to add to this over time.  At the bottom of this page are links to monthly archives as they get done.


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February 22


1981 - Comanche Pt. ... beside itself.

2004 - John at Pipe Creek Rapids.

   In 1981 I did a hike down the Tanner Trail, camping for two nights at the river.  This was my first day down.  By accident my film jammed, yet I got this cool picture that is double exposure of Comanche Pt.
   In 2004 John Eastwood and I did a day hike down the Bright Angel Trail - here is John at the river.  It was a cool day, lots of clouds and with some occasional light rain.  We were in search of the lower portion of a route that would lead up to the Tonto west of Pipe Creek.  On an earlier hike we had come down that route but got cliffed out a hundred feet above the BA Trail.  We came up empty on this trip, but on the way back we did hike the original Devil's Corkscrew as we ascended back to Indian Garden.  [A few months later I was able to do this interesting route - see here.]

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2013 - Chris Atwood climbing down from Tse-An-Kaetan.

   In 2013 Chris Atwood and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail.  We were headed into Cremation Canyon and decided to try for Tse-an-Kaetan, a cave where some ancient split-twig figurines had been found.  We located the cave and I was sure I'd never get into it.  But, after climbing up to it, Chris tied in a long piece of webbing to an anchor spot and came back down (as shown in the photo) to borrow my pen so he could sign into the register.  With the webbing as security I made the climb too and got the chance to poke around in this fantastic cave.
   In 1991 I did a three day trek down the Grandview Trail.  I camped for two nights at the little spring in the side canyon to Cottonwood.  This was my last day and I hiked back up the Grandview Trail. [No photos.]

February 16


1991 - At the foot of Sockdolager Rapids.

   In 1991 I did a three day trek down the Grandview Trail.  I camped for two nights at the little spring in the side canyon to Cottonwood.  This was my second day and I did a day hike down to the foot of Sockdolager Rapids, shown here with my fanny pack sitting on a rock.  There is an old trail that goes beneath the Tapeats and a steep rock-filled ravine that leads to this spot north of Horseshoe Mesa.

February 15


1991 - Camp at Cottonwood Spring.

   In 1991 I did a three day trek down the Grandview Trail.  I camped for two nights at the little spring in the side canyon to Cottonwood, as seen in the photo.  I used to camp at this spot quite often - it is all by itself, next to water (at least, back then) and away from the trail.  As you can see, this is my roomy 3-man tent; quite the luxury for a solo hike!

February 14


1998 - John Eastwood on route to Cardenas Creek.

   In 1998 John Eastwood and I did a day hike down the Tanner Trail.  The rim was snowpacked and it took us quite a bit of time to locate the trailhead!  While above the Redwall we left the trail and hiked up to the Escalante-Cardenas saddle and then headed north to an easy route down through the Redwall.  From here we had to find a narrow break in the Tapeats - the photo shows John after we got through that spot.  We got to the river and ate a late lunch as the weather took a turn.  From here we bushwhacked our way over to the lower stretches of the Tanner Trail and hiked up in the rain which soon turned to snow, reaching the rim late at night.  We were in the midst of a big storm and the drive back to Flagstaff took many hours.
   In 1984 I hiked down the Grandview Trail with Karen Herrera and we camped for two nights on Horseshoe Mesa.  This was our last day and we hiked back up to the rim.  I recall that it had snowed overnight, but I have no photos for this day.

February 13


1984 - Karen Herrera with coffee pot on the Old Grandview Trail.

   In 1984 I hiked down the Grandview Trail with Karen Herrera and we camped for two nights on Horseshoe Mesa.  This was our second day and we did a day hike down to Cottonwood Creek and then out on the Tonto and down the Old Grandview Trail to the river.  In the old, but well-constructed, section through the Tapeats we came across this old coffee pot.  Below this, the "trail" became a barely discernible route and for years I wasn't sure we had actually followed the right route to the river.  I don't know how we did this trek to the river and back in a day, in the middle of winter, but, alas, I did not keep any journal notes to remind me!

February 12

   In 1984 I hiked down the Grandview Trail with Karen Herrera.  We spent two nights camped on Horseshoe Mesa.  This was our first day and we hiked down to a camp site.  [For some reason I have no photos for this day nor do I have any journal notes.]

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2008 - O'Neill Butte along the South Kaibab Trail.

   In 2008 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail to the river.  I literally only crossed the Black Bridge and after a short rest turned around and came back up to the rim.  I was on the trail at 7:30 am, reached the other side of the bridge at 10:15, took a fifteen minute break and was back on the rim at 2 p.m.  Six and a half hours for this round trip to the river - not bad!
   In 1981 I hiked down to the Bright Angel Campground where I spent a couple of nights.  This was my last day and I hiked back up to the rim. [No photos.]

February 8

   In 1981 I had hiked down to the Bright Angel Campground where I would spend a couple of nights. This was my second day and I hiked up to Utah Flats and over into Phantom Creek.  From there I continued north until I could follow a talus slope down to the creek and cross over to the North Kaibab Trail and return to my camp. [No photos.]

February 7

   In 1981 I hiked down to the Bright Angel Campground where I would spend a couple of nights. [No photos.]

February 6


2009 - Bill Ferris on the South Kaibab.

2013 - Sketchy slopes in 6 Mile Draw.

2013 - Downriver from Cathedral.

   In 2009 Bill Ferris and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to the Colorado River and back the same way.  We stopped at the picnic table near Bright Angel Creek for our turnaround point, not going all the way to the ranch.  It was really dark in the early morning as you can tell from this photo of Bill snapping some pictures from Ooh Aah Pt.
   In 2013 I was trying to do some loop segments in Marble Canyon.  This day I started down the so-called 6 Mile Draw which comes out to a sheer cliff over the river.  I started following a steep route on the upriver side, heading for a slope that would take me to the river.  But, I soon gave up over this precarious slope; the photo is looking back to the draw, to which I returned.  A fuller account is written up here.
   In 2013 I was trying to do some loop segments in Marble Canyon.  In the morning I was stymied in 6 Mile Draw,  so in the afternoon I drove up the road and hiked down Cathedral Wash.  I followed down alongside the river to find a spot referred to as a "wall."  This photo shows my furthest progress.  I did not get past the knob that sticks out into the river and I think the wall is just beyond this.  A fuller account is written up here.

February 5

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2006 - Toroweap towers on Pt. Huitzil route.

   In 2006 I went up the to South Bass area with John & Kathy Eastwood, Mark Pebler and one of Kathy's astronomy students, Keith.  John, Mark and I got dropped off at the abandoned Pasture Wash Ranger Station to do a looping hike to the South Bass trailhead via the Pt. Huitzil route, spending most of our time trekking along the Esplanade.  Great fun.  One of the landmarks for navigating this route are these two squat towers in the Toroweap layer.  It was an all day affair and the three of us had on our headlamps for the final push up the South Bass.  There we found that Mark's vehicle had gotten a flat and no amount of effort could free one of the lug nuts.  So, the five of us returned to Flagstaff in my Toyota Xtra Cab - talk about being packed in like sardines!  The next day - Super Bowl Sunday - I drove Mark back up to get his truck (he had to use a patch kit as a temporary fix).  I got back home just in time to see only the very last play of the big game :-(, between the Steelers and the Seahawks.  I wrote up a fuller account of this hike here.

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2009 - In the narrows of Cathedral Wash.

   In 2009 I decided to scoot up to Marble Canyon and do a hike I had only read about down Cathedral Wash to the river.  Not a soul around and the fact that you start on the plateau and wend your way into this narrow canyon rather quickly is very cool.  On this day it was actually cold!  And, I made it back home in plenty of time to watch the Super Bowl.  [The one the Cardinals lost :-( unfortunately.]  I wrote up a fuller account of this hike here.

January 31


2013 - Hiking along the Colorado River.

   In 2013 I did a loop hike from Lee's Ferry to Cathedral Wash, hiking down along the river, shown in the photo, and back across the plateau.  I had this notion that I could hike through Marble Canyon on a series of (mostly) day hikes.  That turned out much harder than I thought and this is the only segment I actually did.  I wrote up a fuller account of this hike here.

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January 27

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my ninth, and final, day and I hiked from my camp at the Bright Angel Campground back to the South Rim. [No photos.]

January 26

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my eighth day and I hiked from my camp out in Clear Creek to Phantom Ranch.  While there I did a hike up to Utah Flats and down Phantom Creek back to camp.  [No photos.]

January 25


2003 - Looking back south from Plateau Pt.

2004 - At Hermit Rapids.

   In 2003 I did a quick day hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Pt. and back.  All of my photos turned out fuzzy, and this the best of the lot with some stylization courtesy of Photoshop.  This is also the very last roll of film I have used!
   In 2004 Erik Drake and I went down the Hermit Trail to the river and back on a day hike.  Here is a photo Eric took of me at the rapids.  [If you look back to my photo for Jan. 14 you'll see the same rock but with the river running much lower.]
   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my seventh day and I hiked from my camp out in front of The Howlands Butte and into Clear Creek.  While there I actually had time to do a quick hike up the creek to some ruins, although I took no photos this day.

January 24


1981 - An unusual view of Vishnu Temple.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my sixth day and time to start my return.  I packed up and hiked back to camp on the Tonto out in front of The Howlands Butte.  Along the way I took this photo looking up at Vishnu, seemingly from my route across Vishnu Canyon.  On this hike I only took 16 pictures and this was the last one!  Back then paying for film, carrying film, and paying to develop film, seemed prudent.  Today (2017) that seems rather appalling.

January 23


1981 - Mine/tunnel in Asbestos.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the fifth day and I got to do some more day hiking in the Asbestos area.  I followed the wide bench to the west and got this photo looking back east with a bit of Hance Rapids showing on the river and, barely visible, the Watchtower at Desert View on the rim.  Circled on the image is the outlet of a mine from the other side of this point that is really a tunnel that ends on this cliff face.

January 22


1981 - Remains of Hance's camp in Asbestos.

2000 - John Eastwood in Crazy Jug.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the fourth day and I got to do some day hiking in the Asbestos area.  Here is a photo of the camp remains here, which were mostly gone when I returned to this area in 1993.  Note the alarm clock (facing away) sitting on the cast iron stove, along with a big pot.  At the 2016 Grand Canyon Historical Society Symposium presenter Shane Murphy argued that most of the mining in the canyon that we associate with Hance was, in fact, being directed and done by William Ashurst, who was a partner with Hance.
   In 2000 John Eastwood and I (and our dogs - Annie, Peppyr and Rocket) went up to spend the day on the Big Saddle Trail in Crazy Jug Canyon.  Here is John down near the spring with Peppyr beside him and Annie out in front.

January 21


1981 - Newberry Butte.

2006 - In South Canyon.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the third day when I hiked from the Tonto near Hall Butte to Asbestos via the saddle at Newberry Butte, shown here in the photo, as viewed from the saddle.  Note my pack laying on the ground about thirty feet away.  I had followed a route through Vishnu Canyon that another hiker (Doug Romer; another Fred Harvey employee) told me about that came across the bed below the fall.  That required a very sketchy few steps across a spot about fifteen feet above the bed that nearly made be turn back.  After about an hour of contemplation I made the crossing.  But, as I climbed up the other side, to the Newberry saddle, I saw that it would have been much easier to cross further up the bed, above the fall, and that is the way I returned a few days later.
   In 2006 Erik Drake and I went up to Marble Canyon to do a day hike down South Canyon.  We checked into the Cliff Dwellers Lodge on the way in so we wouldn't have to drive all the way back to Flagstaff after what we expected to be a long day.  Great weather, although cold.  Frozen water pockets and dripping icicles in the bed of South.  We got as far as the overlook of the river atop the Redwall before we had to turn back.  Here is Erik on the long bypass of a cliff near the Bedrock Canyon junction.  We had to ascend from the bed in the dark.  Thankfully the numerous cairns showed up well in our headlamps and kept us on the right route to the rim.  We were both anxious to get to the lodge and enjoy some hot chocolate!  I wrote up a fuller account here.

January 20


1981 - Angel's Gate (aka Snoopy Rock).

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the second day (and the first picture!!), of Angel's Gate as I was contouring without a trail along the Tonto Plateau.

January 19


2008 - The South Rim from Plateau Point.

   In 2008 I went up to the South Rim to do a quick day hike to Plateau Point.  Not many on the trail and absolutely deserted out at the point.  Here's the view looking back to the rim.  If you look closely, you'll see the old headframe from the Orphan Mine.
   In 1981 I started a nine day trek to Asbestos Canyon.  This first day I hiked down the South Kaibab and then on toward Clear Creek.  Did I make it all the way there?  I don't know as I didn't keep a record.  Also, no photos for this first day.

January 18


2003 - Vicki Wallis on Telephone Trail.

   In 2003 Vicki Wallis and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab, across the Tonto and up the BA.  I wanted to use this opportunity to check out the route that the telephone line takes from "The Tipoff" on the South Kaibab Trail at the Tonto level.  We followed the line to the edge of the Tapeats and there was a rough trail through the cliff that led down to a ridge that the regular trail passes by.  Here she is at one of the better spots on this route next to one of the telephone poles.

January 17


2004 - On Horseshoe Mesa.

   In 2004 with John Eastwood and one of my MBA students, Peter, I did a day hike down the Grandview to Horseshoe Mesa, then down to Cottonwood Creek and around to the trail that leads up the west prong of the horseshoe, with a side trip to the Cave of the Domes.  Here is a photo of me on the mesa - I think that the cairn marks the route to the cave.
   In 1999, John Eastwood and I "day-hiked" down the Boucher Trail (from the Silver Bell trailhead) to the river and back.  It had been a very mild winter and lent itself to this kind of hike.  We reached the river very late in the afternoon (on the 16th) and had to hike up mostly in the dark, not reaching the rim until after sunrise on this day.  [No photos.]

January 16


1999 - With John Eastwood at Boucher Rapids.

   In 1999, John Eastwood and I "day-hiked" down the Boucher Trail (from the Silver Bell trailhead) to the river and back.  It had been a very mild winter and lent itself to this kind of hike.  Still, we reached the creek in the mid afternoon and despite our better judgment (OK, despite John's better judgment!) we put in the time to get to the river, where this photo was taken.  It turned out to be a grueling hike back up as we didn't reach the trailhead until after sunrise the next morning.  Occasional napping along the way during a bitterly cold night was less than pleasant.  John has since become skeptical when I suggest a "day hike," wondering if that means 24 hours!

January 15

   In 1981 I did three day trip with my sister, Sue Foster, who, like me (and my other sister, Gayle) was working on the South Rim at this time (all for Fred Harvey).  We hiked down the Hermit Trail and camped at the creek for two nights.  This was our last day and we hiked back up to the rim on the Hermit Trail.  [No photos.]

January 14


1981 - Sue Foster at Hermit Rapids.

   In 1981 I did a three day trip with my sister, Sue Foster, who, like me (and my other sister, Gayle) was working on the South Rim at this time (all for Fred Harvey).  We hiked down the Hermit Trail and camped at the creek for two nights.  This was our second day and we did a day hike down to the river.  Here is Sue at Hermit Rapids on a cool, but nice and sunny day.

January 13


1981 - Sue Foster at Santa Maria Spring Rest House.

   In 1981 I did a three day trip with my sister, Sue Foster, who, like me (and my other sister, Gayle) was working on the South Rim at this time (all for Fred Harvey).  We hiked down the Hermit Trail and camped at the creek for two nights.  This was our first day and I took this picture of Sue at the rest house be Santa Maria Spring.  If memory serves, I don't think we saw anyone else during this trip.

January 12


2015 - Misty conditions on the South Kaibab.

   In 2015 I did an overnight hike to Phantom with a former student of mine, Ty Ewing.  He had graduated the previous month and was still in town before leaving for his new job.  This was our second, and final, day and we hiked up the South Kaibab after having the early breakfast at the Phantom Canteen.  The clouds were low lying in the morning and I got this shot of a misty O'Neil Butte from the so-called "Mormon Flats" section.  Not surprisingly, Ty got to the rim about an hour ahead of me.

January 11


2003 - Snowpacked Grandview Trail.

2015 - With Ty Ewing at Indian Garden.

   In 2003 I did one of my favorite looping day hikes - down the Grandview to Horseshoe Mesa, off to the east to the Tonto, and follow it around to an overview of the river above Sockdolager Rapids, then back up to the mesa from the trail on the west prong and back to the rim.  This hike was made even more interesting by the snowpacked conditions on the upper portion of the trail as seen in the photo.
   In 2015 I did an overnight hike to Phantom with a former student of mine, Ty Ewing.  He had graduated the previous month and was still in town before leaving for his new job.  Here we are at Indian Garden on our way down.

January 10


1981 - Ruins near the top of the South Bass Trail..

1984 - Desert View Watchtower from the Tanner Trail.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the fifth, and final, day and I hiked back up to the rim from my camp on the Tonto.  Up above the Coconino I spotted these ruins (which I think pretty much everyone sees, but I missed them on the way down).
   In 1984 I did a hike with Karen Herrera down the Tanner Trail for a few days.  This was our last day as we hiked back up to the rim from out camp higher up the trail from the river.  In the morning the Desert View Watchtower was barely visible on the rim.

January 9


1981 - View of Mt. Huethawali up Copper Canyon.

1984 - "Eat at Mom's" on Tanner beach.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the fourth day and I moved my camp from below Garnet to the Tonto above Bass Canyon.  On the way I got this view of Mt. Huethawali in the afternoon while looking up Copper Canyon.
   In 1984 I did a hike with Karen Herrera down the Tanner Trail for a few days.  This was our second day and we spent the morning enjoying the beach environment.  With some driftwood we made this sign that I though passing river runners would notice - Eat At Mom's.

January 8


1981 - Elves Chasm.

1984 - Karen on the Tanner Trail.

2006 - Middle cliff in Indian Hollow.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the third day and I was able to get to a beach a bit downstream from Garnet where I set up camp.  Then it was time for a day hike to Elves Chasm, shown in the photo.
   In 1984 I did a hike with Karen Herrera down the Tanner Trail for a few days.  Here she is at the Redwall Overlook on our way down on this first day.
   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa but instead spent three nights in Indian Hollow.  This was my last day and I packed up and returned to the rim directly up Indian Hollow.  There are three places that require some consideration and I recall taking off my pack at all three.  At this spot - the middle cliff - I hoisted up my pack and shoved it onto the high ledge and then climbed up over it.

January 7


1981 - Packed up from my camp at Bass Rapids.

1996 - Roundabout route at Pt. Huitzil.

2001 - With Liz Scott on the New Hance Trail.

2006 - Racetrack Knoll in Kanab Canyon.

2012 - With John Eastwood & Duncan Orr in Hance Canyon.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the second day and I got this photo of the beach where I had been camped the night before, all packed up and ready to head for the Tonto level, where I camped short of Garnet Canyon this night.
   In 1996 with John Eastwood, we were able to finally crack the secret of the Pt. Huitzil route.  I was able to work my way along this crack, suspended above the ground a bit, to a corner where I could get to the "ladder" that leads up to the hole in the Coconino.
   In 2001 I did a couple of short hikes with Liz Scott - down the South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge and, as shown here, down the New Hance to the lower part of the Coconino (with Coronado Butte in the background).
   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa but instead spent three nights in Indian Hollow.  This was my fourth day and I day hiked over to a good flowing creek in the next canyon to the north (Kwagunt Hollow) and then I had hopes of hiking out to, and up to the top of Racetrack Knoll.  I ran out of time for that but did get this nice shot of the knoll.
   In 2012 I was joined by John Eastwood and Duncan Orr for a day hike down into Hance Creek.  We had thought to be able to get all the way to the river, but there just wasn't enough time - we made it to the first of three major bypasses.  But, we also got to use a definite trail down into Hance from the Tonto on the west side of the creek that was a cool score for us.  Here is John and Duncan at one of the many idyllic pools in Hance.

January 6


1981 - Wheeler Fold in Bass Canyon.

2006 - Looking along Fishtail from atop the mesa.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  I left the trailhead at 11 am and reached the river by 5 pm.  I missed seeing a lot of the historical stuff in the area but not something as awesome as the Wheeler Fold, shown in the photo.
   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa but instead spent three nights in Indian Hollow.  This was my third day and I day hiked up to the top of Fishtail Mesa and got a chance to look around a bit, but not enough time to go all the way to the end.  Still, I did find a register in a cairn along the west rim.

January 5


2006 - Camp above Fishtail Spring.

   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa.  This was the second day and I decided to change my itinerary due to the rather dry conditions, so I packed up my camp above Fishtail Spring (shown in the photo) and hiked up and over the saddle into Indian Hollow where I set up camp for the next few days.
   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our fifth, and final, day as we packed up our camp in along the Tonto and headed back to Phantom and out the South Kaibab. [No photos.]

January 4


1992 - Snow on the Tonto coming out of Clear Creek.

2003 - At the end of the Redwall below Lipan Pt.

2006 - Looking west from the Thunder River Trail.

   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our fourth day and we packed up our camp in Clear Creek and headed back towards Phantom Ranch.  This night we camped along the Tonto, which was still plenty snowy, as you can tell by this morning photo of Neil on the trail.
   In 2003 I did a quick day hike on the Tanner Trail.  I had been looking at a long formation in the Redwall that defines the east side of 75 Mile Canyon for some time and this day was the day to see if I could hike out to the end.  I could, and did the timed shot shown.  This feature is quite visible from Lipan Pt. although the photo below shows what it looks like from the trail before reaching the saddle with 75 Mile.  The arrow on the left shows the point I reached (and in the photo above) while the arrow in the center shows a bit of snow in the shadow of the little unnamed butte.  [Click to see a larger image.]

   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa.  This was the first day and I hiked down the trail, with its sweeping views of the canyon, as shown in the photo (including Fishtail Mesa in the center and Mt. Sinyala to the left).  That night I camped near to Fishtail Spring down low in the Supai layer.

January 3


1992 - Snow in Clear Creek!

1999 - John and I at the Ross Wheeler.

   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our third day and we did a day hike down the creek with the intent of reaching the river.  But, the weather turned on us and we probably only got about half way.  It snowed quite heavily in the afternoon and when we returned to our camp, the tent was covered in snow.  Not a very usual sight this deep in the canyon!
   In 1999 John Eastwood and I did a day hike down the South Bass to the river and back.  It had been a very mild winter and we were able to get to the trailhead on roads that would otherwise be impassible.  Here's a timed photo of me and John (I didn't quite make it to my spot!) at the abandoned Ross Wheeler just above Bass Rapids.
   In 1981 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back up the Bright Angel Trail.  [No photos.]

January 2


1989 - Santa Maria Rest House.

1992 - Camp at Clear Creek.

   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my seventh, and final, day as I hiked back up to the rim on the Hermit Trail.  Along the way I took this photo of the rest house at Santa Maria Spring.
   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our second day and pretty much all we did was hike from our camp on the Tonto the rest of the way to Clear Creek where we set up our camp for the next two nights.  I brought along the vestibule add-on which served us well when the weather turned.  But I think my main reason was that the zippered door on that side of the tent was busted.

January 1


1989 - Empty Hermit Creek Campground.

1992 - Clouds wrap around Zoroaster and Brahma.

   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my sixth day and I hiked from my camp in Boucher to the Hermit Creek Campground, which, not surprisingly, was absolutely empty.  A solo hiker did arrive after me, just before I did an afternoon hike down to Hermit Rapids.
   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our first day.  We went down on the South Kaibab, passed through Phantom Ranch and then up the Clear Creek Trail to camp on the Tonto level for the night.  Very cold day but the early morning clouds were quite spectacular as they surrounded high peaks on the north side of the river.

December 31


1989 - Looking at an alternate route down into Slate from the Tonto.

2011 - Annotated panorama of the ruins in Bright Angel Wash.

   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my fifth day and I packed up and moved my camp from Slate back to Boucher.  Along the way I looked for an alternate descent down to the bed of Slate (on the east side) that Harvey Butchart wrote about and which I spied out the previous day.  No problem.  I was able to easily get down right where there was a big cairn in the bed and I took this picture looking up at this route.
   In 2011 I did a day hike down the Bright Angel to do a more thorough visit of the ruins that lie above the original trail, which went up onto the Tonto after coming through Indian Garden and then down a ravine that leads to Pipe Creek.  The old trail follows some old telephone lines which are readily visible and the trail is in remarkably good shape and easy to follow.  But, before the trail crosses this ravine a fainter trail continues to these ruins at the base of the Tapeats.  It passes two major groups of ruins before going around a corner and meeting up with the (new) Bright Angel Trail.  I took this panorama after climbing back up out of this ravine on an easy slope to the east.  A fuller account of this hike (with photos) is here.

December 30


1987 - Snowy Indian Garden.

1989 - Looking down Slate at Crystal Rapids.

2007 - Early morning moon at Hermit Campground.

2008 - Kanab Canyon.

   In 1987 I traveled to AZ during my winter break and thought to do an ambitious hike - across to the North Rim, over to Pt. Sublime, down to the Tonto, back to Phantom and out to the South Rim.  Too ambitious as it turned out.  This was my fifth, and final, day as I hiked back up to the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail from the Bright Angel Campground.  Cold and still lots of snow down relatively low in the canyon as this view of Indian Garden attests.
   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my fourth day and I had the opportunity to do some day-hiking from my campsite on the Tonto in Slate Canyon.  I backtracked down the trail to a spot where I could descend to the bed of Slate and easily follow it to the river.  Here is Crystal Rapids, one of the biggest in the canyon, and the approach to it down the narrow bed was quite awesome.
   In 2007 Cara Lynn and I did a quick overnight trip to Hermit Creek.  This was our second day and time to return to the rim back up the Hermit Trail.  I remember that it was a very cold and very long night in the tent.  Still I got this nice shot in the early morning of the tent with the moon up above it.
   In 2008 Bill Ferris and I did a multi-day hike in the Kanab Creek area.  On our fourth and final day we hiked from our camp in Jumpup Canyon down to Kanab Canyon, where we practically bumped into three bighorns.  Then up the canyon, with its many ice-covered pools to Hack Canyon and back to the trailhead.  Here is a view looking up a little stretch of Kanab where the walking was pretty easy.

December 29


1987 - The Phantom in Bright Angel Canyon.

1989 - On the Tonto between Boucher and Slate.

2007 - Atop the Cathedral Stairs on the Hermit Trail.

2008 - Ladder in Jumpup Canyon.

   In 1987 I traveled to AZ during my winter break and thought to do an ambitious hike - across to the North Rim, over to Pt. Sublime, down to the Tonto, back to Phantom and out to the South Rim.  Too ambitious as it turned out.  This was my fourth day and I hiked back to the Bright Angel Campground from my camp at Cottonwood campground.  Along the way I got a picture of the so-called "Phantom" namesake of the ranch (with "brush stroke" stylization).
   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my third day and I hiked from my campsite at Boucher Creek to Slate Canyon.  While contouring along the Tonto I had many great views of the river.
   In 2007 Cara Lynn and I did a quick overnight trip to Hermit Creek.  This was our first day and this photo is taken from the top of the descent through the Redwall, referred to as the "Cathedral Stairs."
   In 2008 Bill Ferris and I did a multi-day hike in the Kanab Creek area.  On our third day we hiked from our camp on the Esplanade above Jumpup Canyon down into Jumpup and camped below where Indian Hollow comes in.  To get down into Jumpup one must trust this crude ladder atop a rock pile!

December 28


1987 - The Redwall Bridge on the North Kaibab Trail.

1989 - Camp in Boucher Canyon.

1999 - Annotated Big Saddle Trail.

2008 - The Esplanade, Racetrack Knoll & Fishtail Mesa.

   In 1987 I traveled to AZ during my winter break and thought to do an ambitious hike - across to the North Rim, over to Pt. Sublime, down to the Tonto, back to Phantom and out to the South Rim.  Too ambitious as it turned out.  This was my third day and I day-hiked from my camp at Cottonwood campground up the North Kaibab Trail to about where I took this picture of the snow-covered Redwall Bridge.  It was so cold that I brought along my stove so that I could fix a hot lunch before returning to my camp.
   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my second day and I hiked from a campsite by White Butte to Boucher Creek where I set up this camp.  Back in those days I would often carry my roomy three-man tent on my solo hikes.
   In 1999 I drove up to the North Rim to do some car camping by the Big Saddle Trail near Crazy Jug Point.  This was my last day and mostly we just packed up and headed home.  But, I drove to Crazy Jug Point to take some photos that show the general route of the Big Saddle Trail.  In this photo I've indicated where the trail is located.  On the right hand side is the main, Crazy Jug, spring.  But you can find another piece of trail from a nearby saddle that goes to the left and then descends below the upper Supai to another spring.
   In 2008 Bill Ferris and I did a multi-day hike in the Kanab Creek area.  On our second day we hiked from our camp at the Hack-Kanab junction up to the Esplanade on the east side of Kanab and then hiked along it until we camped up above Jumpup Canyon.  Along the way I got this nice view of the Esplanade (and we did get water from pockets like those in the photo) with the very red Racetrack Knoll and snowy Fishtail Mesa in the background.

December 27


1987 - Snowy Cottonwood campground.

1989 - View of Dripping Spring Canyon from Hermit Trail.

1999 - With Peppyr & Rocket at Lower Crazy Jug Spring.

2001 - With Erik Drake on the black bridge.

2008 - With Bill Ferris at Hack Canyon Trailhead.

   In 1987 I traveled to AZ during my winter break and thought to do an ambitious hike - across to the North Rim, over to Pt. Sublime, down to the Tonto, back to Phantom and out to the South Rim.  Too ambitious as it turned out.  This was my second day and I hiked from Phantom to Cottonwood campground, where there was plenty of snow on the ground.  I picked a spot that was mostly in the sun.  Note the snowshoes on my pack - I was planning on using them to hike to Pt. Sublime.
   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my first day and I got this nice picture of the Dripping Spring Canyon from the Hermit Trail.
   In 1999 I drove up to the North Rim to do some car camping by the Big Saddle Trail near Crazy Jug Point.  This was my third day and with my two dogs, Peppyr and Rocket, we hiked down to what I call "Lower Crazy Jug Spring," which is below the upper part of the Supai.  Part of the old Big Saddle Trail goes here and you can still see some signs of switchbacks in the Supai and alongside the trail some leftover barbed wire.
   In 2001 Erik Drake and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and then back up the Bright Angel.  We were accompanied by a retired geologist who would tell us the most interesting stories about the rocks all the way down.  Over the last few miles at the top of the BA it was bitterly cold and the hiking was quite a grind.  Here we are on the black bridge at the bottom of the South Kaibab Trail.
   In 2008 Bill Ferris and I did a multi-day hike in the Kanab Creek area.  I had a permit to do a hike around Fishtail Mesa, but there was too much snow on roads for us to get to Indian Hollow.  So, we went down Hack Canyon and did a hike mostly in the wilderness area.  This was our first day and here is Bill getting ready to start our trek down the canyon to camp at the junction with Kanab Canyon.

December 26


1987 - Snow covered Tonto Plateau.

1999 - Peppyr & Rocket near Crazy Jug.

   In 1987 I traveled to AZ during my winter break and thought to do an ambitious hike - across to the North Rim, over to Pt. Sublime, down to the Tonto, back to Phantom and out to the South Rim.  Too ambitious as it turned out.  This was my first day and I hiked down the Bright Angel and stayed in the Phantom Ranch dorm.  Lots of snow in the canyon as this photo looking down on Indian Garden can attest.
   In 1999 I drove up to the North Rim to do some car camping by the Big Saddle Trail near Crazy Jug Point.  This was my second day and it had snowed a bit overnight and so in the morning, with my dogs Peppyr and Rocket, I got a fire started.  In the background is Muav Saddle with Powell Plateau to the right and the North Rim to the left.  We spent most of the day clearing the trail segment that goes into a ravine on the western side of the canyon and into a bed that is dominated by a large breccia pinnacle.

December 25


1999 - Peppyr & Rocket near Crazy Jug.

   In 1999 I drove up to the North Rim to do some car camping by the Big Saddle Trail near Crazy Jug Point.  I got to my favorite camping spot on the rim by noon and then took my dogs, Peppyr and Rocket, down the trail to the spring in the main bed on the Esplanade level, near where this photo was taken.

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December 22


2008 - Cara Lynn on the "Old Miner's Trail."

   In 1999 I did a quick evening hike down the South Kaibab for the solstice super moon.  I drove up late in the afternoon and got started down the trail at about dusk.  There was a guy laying in his sleeping bag at Ooh Ahh Point but three people were just coming up the trail they were going to look after him.  I didn't see anyone else the rest of the evening.  [The guy in the sleeping bag was gone when I returned.]  Hiking in the canyon under a full moon is quite special and to do this on the solstice was even better.  I brought my Pentax K1000 and a tripod, but no additional film and I was only able to take two pictures and neither turned out very well.  This one is looking away from the moon and towards O'Neill Butte and has some light exposure over half the frame.  I did go down as far as Skeleton Point.  Once down on the so-called Mormon Flats I hiked up to the small hill west of the trail and followed it to the end, descending back to the trail near the point.  I had never done that before and yet there are excellent views of Phantom from that hill.  I was back to the rim by 11 p.m. for a late night drive back home.

December 21


2008 - Cara Lynn on the "Old Miner's Trail."

   In 2008 Cara Lynn and I did a hike down to Phantom Ranch for a couple of days of camping at Bright Angel.  This was our last day and we took the "Old Miner's Trail" up to the Tonto Plateau and then met up with the South Kaibab for the rest of the hike.  I took this photo as Cara Lynn was crossing a little saddle on the way to the switchbacks up through the Tapeats.  We put our traction footwear back on at Skeleton Point!
   In 1996 I returned to the Tuckup Trail to look again for Shaman's Gallery.  This was my last day although that hadn't been my intent.  But the previous night I was wracked with stomach cramps that kept me up most of the night.  Instead of staying for another day of local hiking, I packed up and hiked out.  What took me about three hours coming down took about eight going back out and up, as the cramping continued all day and on the long drive back home.  [No photos.]

December 20


1981 - Sunrise from the Bright Angel Campground.

1996 - At Shaman's Gallery.

2008 - Phantom canteen decked out for Christmas.

   In 1981 I had finished my year working on the South Rim and preparing to return to Hawaii, where I was in graduate school.  I planned to do one final long hike - across the canyon on the Kaibab Trail, across the North Rim to the Nankoweap Trail and then down into the canyon and back around to Phantom Ranch and out.  Alas it was not to be.  This was my seventh (and final) day.  I hiked back up the Bright Angel to the South Rim.  Before leaving the campground I got my second (and final) picture, of the sunrise from the campground.
   In 1996 I returned to the Tuckup Trail to look again for Shaman's Gallery.  This was my third day and I was able to find this pictograph site in the main bed by a bit past noon.  Across the bed I saw a relatively easy exit back up to the Esplanade which I used to more quickly return to my camp.
   In 2008 Cara Lynn and I did a hike down to Phantom Ranch for a couple of days of camping at Bright Angel.  This was our second day and we took it easy, hanging out at the canteen (all decorated for the holidays) and an afternoon hike up the Clear Creek trail to the stone bench.

December 19


1996 - Old copper mine at Cottonwood Spring.

2008 - Cara Lynn on a snowy Bright Angel Trail.

   In 1996 I returned to the Tuckup Trail to look again for Shaman's Gallery.  This was my second day and I mostly stayed close to my camp at Cottonwood Spring, although I did move to a spot that would get earlier sun in the morning.  On my forays around the area I visited this old copper mining site with the steel skeletal remains of a bucket (I presume that the rest was wooden) and a big chunk of copper.
   In 2008 Cara Lynn and I did a hike down to Phantom Ranch for a couple of days of camping at Bright Angel.  There had been a big snowstorm in the days prior and the mules were kept off the trail for six days (I think).  So, little traffic on the trail, and we wore our traction devices all the way to Indian Garden!  Here is Cara Lynn near the top of the Bright Angel Trail, which was the featured photo that was used in the local paper when they ran my story about this hike a little later.
   In 1981 I had finished my year working on the South Rim and preparing to return to Hawaii, where I was in graduate school.  I planned to do one final long hike - across the canyon on the Kaibab Trail, across the North Rim to the Nankoweap Trail and then down into the canyon and back around to Phantom Ranch and out.  Alas it was not to be.  This was my sixth day and I hiked from the Old BA to the Bright Angel Campground.  I checked in with a ranger there and told him of my aborted hike.  Lots of space in the campground and I camped there.  [No photos.]

December 18


1996 - At the Tuckup Trailhead; Peaks in background.

   In 1996 I returned to the Tuckup Trail to look again for Shaman's Gallery.  This was my first day and I spent most of it driving around to the the North Rim, finally reaching the trailhead at about 3 p.m. only to see the snow-capped San Francisco Peaks on the horizon, from where I had started (shown in the photo).  I got down to the Esplanade before dark and used the light of the moon all the way to my objective of Cottonwood Spring.
   In 1981 I had finished my year working on the South Rim and preparing to return to Hawaii, where I was in graduate school.  I planned to do one final long hike - across the canyon on the Kaibab Trail, across the North Rim to the Nankoweap Trail and then down into the canyon and back around to Phantom Ranch and out.  Alas it was not to be.  This was my fifth day and I was able to retrace my track back to the Old BA and head back into the canyon.  I camped somewhere along the trail.  [No photos.]

December 17

   In 2005 I did a day hike to Plateau Pt. but have no photos of this hike.
   In 1981 I had finished my year working on the South Rim and preparing to return to Hawaii, where I was in graduate school.  I planned to do one final long hike - across the canyon on the Kaibab Trail, across the North Rim to the Nankoweap Trail and then down into the canyon and back around to Phantom Ranch and out.  Alas it was not to be.  This was my fourth day and I slogged across the rim to the Pt. Imperial/Cape Royal Road and then followed it to the Pt. Imperial junction.  I thought it would be easy, but there was wet slushy snow on the road and my boots were soaked.  From here I headed back into the woods thinking I could make a beeline for the Nankoweap trailhead.  It was sometime in the early afternoon that I reassess my plans and decided to turn around.  Not only was I already two days behind schedule, I had never been on the Nankoweap Trail and I wondered if I would be able to even find it!  I returned to the picnic table and camped nearby.  [No photos.]

December 16

   In 1981 I had finished my year working on the South Rim and preparing to return to Hawaii, where I was in graduate school.  I planned to do one final long hike - across the canyon on the Kaibab Trail, across the North Rim to the Nankoweap Trail and then down into the canyon and back around to Phantom Ranch and out.  Alas it was not to be.  This was my third day and from my camp along the Old Kaibab in the Supai I got to the rim and then angled cross-country toward the Pt. Imperial/Cape Royal Road.  There was quite a bit of snow on the rim and it was a slog, not to mention the difficulty of crossing the rim off trail with trees down everywhere.  I camped somewhere short of the road where there is a pull-off and picnic table (Fuller hill?).  It was a very cold night and I remember that the fire I made would shoot embers out and burn small holes in my sleeping bag.  [No photos.]

December 15


1981 - Aiken's residence from across Bright Angel Creek.

   In 1981 I had finished my year working on the South Rim and preparing to return to Hawaii, where I was in graduate school.  I planned to do one final long hike - across the canyon on the Kaibab Trail, across the North Rim to the Nankoweap Trail and then down into the canyon and back around to Phantom Ranch and out.  Alas it was not to be.  This was my second day and I was only able to hike from Cottonwood to somewhere in the Supai along the Old Kaibab Trail.  I had never been on this old trail and have a very vivid memory of crossing the icy creek with the water up to my knees.  Here's the one photo I took this day of the Aiken residence as I passed by on the east side of Bright Angel Creek.

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