Dates: 9/24 - 30
Assembly Point: Flagstaff, AZ
(airline service to Flagstaff, AZ; Timberline van shuttle between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon prior to and following tour)
Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am Drop off time: 5 pm
Tour Cost: $2,894
(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, rafting program, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $404
The Grand Canyon is such an unbelievable place and geological phenomena, imagine seeing it with a dusting of snow on top. We'll meet in Flagstaff and van shuttle to the North Rim early morning of Day 1. We'll stop and look for California Condors on the way and have a picnic lunch with a stop at Jacobs Lake for the best cookies on the planet. We'll continue to the North Rim for a little exploring and dinner. Following an overnight on the rim, we'll descend into the canyon along the Bright Angel Trail descending to the Canyon bottom and we'll spend the night at Phantom Ranch. The Next day is a day of freedom, a layover day, a chance to enjoy Phantom Ranch, hike, relax and read, your choice. On Day 4, we'll climb from the canyon along the Bright Angel Trial. We'll celebrate dinner at El Tovar that evening, (a Timberline Adventures tradition), spend a night at South Rim and then head to Sedona on Day 5.
En route to Sedona, we'll pause in Oak Creek Canyon and hike along the West Fork of Oak Creek, renowned for its diverse biological community and the rugged beauty of its soaring sandstone walls rising from the canyon floor. We'll spend two nights in Sedona, which will give us the chance to explore this quaint winter retreat, exploring the local coffee shops, and galleries.
Day 6, we'll hike Munds Wagon Trail from the Schnebly Hill Trailhead above Sedona through Bear Wallow Canyon toward Munds Mountain on the high country plateau of the Mogollon Rim,. This trail showcases several of Sedona's most spectacular red rock formations. We'll hike to the Merry-Go-Round and explore a portion of the Cowpies Trail on our return. We'll head to the village of Oak Creek on our final day to hike one of the area's classics - the loop encircling massive Bell Rock and the Courthouse Formation. We'll have lunch in Oak Creek and return to Flagstaff mid-afternoon, concluding our tour.
|Day 1||Group assembles afternoon, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park (van shuttle from Flagstaff to North Rim); orientation dinner; overnight lodging|
|Day 2||Hike to the Colorado River (base of the Grand Canyon) - Bright Angel Trail: (6400-foot descent); overnight lodging at Phantom Ranch||14 miles|
|Day 3||Layover Day at Phantom Ranch, (join us for 1 or both, half day hikes), relax and enjoy the Colorado River||3 - 6 miles|
|Day 4||Hike to the South Rim - Bright Angel Trail; overnight lodging on South Rim||8 miles|
|Day 5||Van Shuttle to Sedona: hike Oak Creek Canyon||6 miles|
|Day 6||Hike Munds Wagon Trail from the Schnebly Hill Trailhead above Sedona through Bear Wallow Canyon towards Munds Mountain on the high country plateau of the Mogollon Rim. This trail showcases several of Sedona's most spectacular red rock formations.||8 miles|
|Day 7||From village of Oak Creek, hike (an area classic), the loop encircling massive Bell Rock and the Courthouse formation.||5 miles|
Total hiking mileage: 41 - 44
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.