Grand Canyon Springtime Backpack
March 29 -
April 6, 2017
CMC Members: $859
Join fellow club members on a special springtime backpack to one of the great natural wonders of the world. Grand Canyon National Park is a prime destination for the adventurous backpacker and the spring season showcases the canyon at its finest beauty. Along with the dramatic geological landscape, wildflowers and blooming cactus add a welcome color, and seasonal creeks are running.
The group will leave from Golden in a rental van and make the scenic all-day drive to the park. The first two nights will be spent at a motel in Grand Canyon Village, just a short walk from the south rim. Participants will have one day to explore the village area or hike along the canyon rim to various viewpoints. We then backpack for 6 days/5 nights, experiencing up close the fascinating geology and desert flora that this park is renowned for. After hiking out we begin the drive back home, staying at a hotel in Grand Junction, CO on the final night.
The Park Service has approved the hiking route, which starts and ends at the south rim. We’ll descend the Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa. Once on the Tonto Platform, head west on the Tonto Trail and spend three nights at different side canyons before arriving at Bright Angel Campground near historic Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River. We then begin the hike out, spending one night at Indian Garden Campground with optional sunset hike to Plateau Point. Exit the canyon on the popular Bright Angel Trail. Backcountry camps will use designated sites near creeks. Daily distances between campsites range from 7 to 10 miles with significant elevation changes on some days. Upon reaching each day’s camp, participants may rest or explore the area. All hiking between camps is on-trail, but optional exploratory hikes may be off-trail. The final day’s climb out of the canyon has an ascent of 3,100 feet.
Participants must be experienced backpackers and able to maintain a moderate pace. Trip cost covers all expenses except food. Participants are responsible for preparing their own meals during the backpack. Hotel lodging arrangements are two to a room. Required pretrip meeting two weeks before departure. Limited to 8 participants. Register with leader. Full payment due upon registration ($75 is nonrefundable). Trip leader has extensive backpacking experience in the Grand Canyon.
Trip Leader: Tim Musil
Growing up and attending college in Texas did not afford many outdoor pursuits, so coming to Colorado in 1978 presented many new opportunities. I joined CMC in 1991 to meet new hiking companions and to learn more about traveling in the backcountry. After taking several of the club’s schools I became a trip leader in 1995. Since then, I have led many dayhikes, but mostly I enjoy leading backpacks and other hiking trips for the Adventure Travel section. These trips have primarily been to the national parks across the United States including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, and Yosemite. Having completed over 20 adventure travel trips so far, I hope to lead many more in the future.
I’m also a field instructor for the Wilderness Trekking School, which allows me to make new acquaintances while teaching new club members about hiking in our beautiful state.
I work as an auditor for the U.S. Department of Interior, but try to get outdoors to enjoy hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing as time allows. When in the city, I play tennis and enjoy going to the movies.