General Trail Descriptions:
For trip descriptions and logs, click on Trip Name where a link is indicated. I am gradually adding more logs, so if you have an interest in one, email me and I'll move it up in the queue.
For travel logs between Southern California to the Grand Canyon, see the table at the bottom.
For the measured accuracy of my pedometer vs. the highly-accurate mileages of the Bright Angel Trail, see Pedometer Accuracy.
For the interesting story of D.W. Mooney, aka James Mooney, his death at Mooney Falls, and the question of whether the current-day tunnels through Mooney Falls are natural or man-made, see The Tunnels In Mooney Falls, Havasu Canyon.
|#||Date||Rim||Trip Name||Death March #||Miles||Total miles||River miles||New River miles||Total Unique River miles|
|1||Aug. 1970||S||Bright Angel||19||19||87.5 - 90.0||2.5||2.5|
|2||Aug. 28, 1982||S||S. Kaibab - Bright Angel||-2||16||35||85.5 - 90.0||2.0||4.5|
|3||Aug. 27-28, 1983||S||Hermit - Tonto - Bright Angel||-1||28||63||87.5 - 95.0||5.0||9.5|
|4||Aug. 1984||N||N. Kaibab||0||28||91||86.5 - 88.0||--||9.5|
|5||June 29-30, 1985||S||Grandview - New Hance||1||21||112||76.5 - 80.5||4.0||13.5|
|6||Apr. 26-28, 1986||S||Hualapai Hilltop to Supai, Navajo Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, First Creek Crossing||35||147||154 - 159||5.0||18.5|
|7||May 23-26, 1986||S||Tanner - Escalante - New Hance||2||42||189||68.5 - 76.5||8.0||26.5|
|8||Sep. 3-6, 1987||N||Thunder River||3||46||235||134-136||2.0||28.5|
|9||May 2-4, 1988||S||Bright Angel - Clear Creek - S. Kaibab||47||282||84 - 90||1.5||30.0|
|10||Apr. 2-4, 1989||S||Hualapai Hilltop to Supai, Navajo Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls, Beaver Canyon||35||317||154 - 159||--||30.0|
|11||Aug. 15, 1989||N||Widforss||12||329||TBS||--||30.0|
|12||Sep. 20-23, 1989||S||Boucher - Tonto - Hermit||4||43||372||94.4 - 96.5||1.5||31.5|
|13||May 1-3, 1991||S||S. Kaibab - Tonto East - Boulder Creek - Bright Angel||46||418||TBS||TBS||TBS|
|14||Aug. 14, 1995||S||S. Kaibab - Bright Angel||16||434||85.5 - 90.0||--||TBS|
|15||June 1, 1996||S||Grandview - Tonto West - Grapevine - Grandview||17||451||TBS||TBS||TBS|
|16||Sep. 3-6, 1996||N||Thunder River||5||31||489||134-136.5||0.5||TBS|
|S||Hermit's Rest to Dripping Springs
Bright Angel: Rim to River
Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa
|S||Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point|
New Hance Dayhike: Rim to Redwall Descent
Click on the date to get the individual logs.
|Date||Origin||Destination||Mileage||Total time||Ave. mph|
|05/31/96||Ontario Airport||Bright Angel Lodge||464||09:41||48|
|06/02/96||Tusayan||Hualapai Hilltop, Ontario Airport||473||11:27||41|
A Death March is a strenuous trip that has the qualities of, say, a death march due to its length, ambitiousness, or any trip that requires a heavy backpack for several long days of hiking. There are two main characteristics of a Death March:
The Death Marches are numbered oddly because Craig and I didn't realize previous trips were death marches until a bunch of IPAC people came with us on the 1985 hike, and forcefully let us know that these trips were indeed death marches!
For extremely complete and accurate information about the Grand Canyon, including a list of all hikes, detailed hike descriptions for many of the trails, a beautiful index and glossary of Grand Canyon subjects and words, and links to quite probably every page that exists on the web relating to the Grand Canyon, go to Bob Ribokas' GRAND CANYON National Park Home Page. In my judgment, this is one of the very best pages on the web and the single best page by an individual.
Update Log for this site. (what's new)
Copyright © 1996-1999 by Tom Chester.
Permission is freely granted to reproduce any or all of this page as long as credit is given to me at this source:
Comments and feedback: Tom Chester
Last update: 14 October 1999