(Tom777 @ Dec. 04 2012, 9:20 pm)
i am planning a solo trip to grand canyon in late april, got a provisional permit with lots of scary language from the park service. it's a 4 day trip; hermits trailhead to hermit rapids; then to monument creek; then to indian garden, then back to the rim. longest days are 10-11 miles (days 1 and 3). I just did a 75 miler this summer in the tetons, and given the projected weather and what i can tell from the trails, this can be reasonably accomplished. Any tips or concerns regarding the route during the April time frame?
It's standard practice for the BCO to send out the (what we call) "you're going to die" letter when any leg of the itinerary is over 10 miles. For the GC, the Hermit-BA loop is an "advanced beginner" route; with 4 days, you should be fine.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast. April weather can vary along the Tonto. I've experienced snow the last week of April. Last April, it was 90+ degrees by 10AM on the Tonto in mid-April. If you hit one of those heatwaves, the Monument to IG day will be hot and long; no dependable water enroute either.
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