South Rim Trails
2,600 feet (823 m): Colorado River
3,800 feet (1187 m): Escalante Creek ridge
15 miles (24 km): from the Tanner Trail to the New Hance Trail
Washouts and rockslides require some route-finding skill. Hot and dry in summer. Stash water on way in for use on way out. Use instep crampons in winter.
This rugged route presents difficulties not normally encountered along the Tonto Trail. Several sections require exposed hand-and-toe climbing and vertical pack handling. For experienced Grand Canyon hikers only.