Un 18 juin, en 2007, nous nous sommes levés avant 5h pour descendre dans le grand Canyon du Colorado....
Petit dej froid, ( beurk!) et départ dans la nuit
Fifille, malade, ne descendra pas avec nous...
North Kaibab Trail: Starting elevation 8250'.
The trail begins by winding down a steep trail through a high alpine forest of Aspen, Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine. Hiking the trail after the mule rides quit for the season is ideal. Services at the North Rim shut down from mid-October to mid-May. The trail can still be used as long as highway 67 is open.
Coconino Overlook: The Coconino Overlook is only .75 miles and 500' below the rim. This area is a showcase of coconino sandstone where students are taken to see the fault and the many layers of rock that are visible here. The red rocks seen are the Supai formation. The Coconino Overlook gives a nice view of Roaring Springs Canyon.
Supai Tunnel: Switchbacks twist and turn to Roaring Springs Canyon. A good day hike would end at the Supai Tunnel. At this point you have traveled 1.8 miles. The elevation is 6800'. At Supai Tunnel there is an unreliable fresh water source and restrooms. The Supai formation is the red rocks visible here and from the trail above.
Roaring Springs: After passing through the small man-made Supai Tunnel, imposing cliffs come into view. Pinyon's and junipers become dominant. The Red Wall Bridge is a popular resting spot before heading down the cliff hugging trail ahead. The formations now are the Redwall Limestone, Muav Limestone, Bright Angel Shale and Tapeats Sandstone. Almost five miles down the trail is Roaring Springs. (4.7 miles) At this point you will have descended 3041'. The offshoot trail to Roaring Springs is .25 miles. There is fresh water and restrooms there. The elevation is 5200' at Roaring Springs.
North Kaibab Trail
Distance and hiking times vary. This is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Even a short hike to Coconino Overlook (1.5 miles / 2.4 km round-trip) or Supai Tunnel (4 miles / 6.5 km round-trip) can give you an appreciation for the canyon's rich natural beauty and immense size. A hike to Roaring Springs and back is extremely strenuous and takes a full day (7-8 hours) - begin your hike before 7 a.m. Roaring Springs lies 3,050 feet / 930 m below the canyon rim and is 9.4 miles / 15 km round-trip. A day hike beyond Roaring Springs is not recommended
on démarre vers 6h10
les photos de la descente ne sont pas super, trop de différence entre ombre et lumière pour l'appareil de cette époque