Grand Canyon Raft & Hike 2018
April 29 - May 10, 2018
CMC Members: $4877
The Grand Canyon, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1979, is among the Earth’s greatest ongoing geological spectacles. About 65 million years ago in Earth’s shifting, a huge area of land was lifted a mile and a half above sea level, forming what is now the Colorado Plateau. For the last 6 to 10 million years, the Colorado River has been slowly carving its way down through the center, exposing 2 billion years of geological history. There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment.
This unique trip to the Grand Canyon offers participants the opportunity to experience this World Heritage Site on a motorized raft for 188 miles through the best of the canyon, departing from the historic Lee’s Ferry and ending with a helicopter ride from Whitmore Wash and a plane flight back to the start. It is especially ideal for those who would like to hike in areas that can be reached only from the river, and those who have always wanted to experience the canyon but who do not wish to make the 7 mile, 4500’ trek in and out.
Activities / Difficulty
The hikes will vary in difficulty in the range of the CMC levels of B, and C. In general, a couple hiking levels will be available on most days. There is always the option to take the day off and rest in camp or at the river. All of our hiking will take place below the altitude of Denver (the river at Lee’s Ferry is at 3,210 feet). Because this is the desert, one must be able to adapt to the heat and cold. Some of the hikes offered will be full day hikes of significant distance and elevation gain. Many hikes may follow a social trail or are off trail.
Trip Leader: Cindy and David Smith