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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Packrafting

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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Packrafting

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The North and South Bass trails are about 25 miles west of the main trails in a little used section of the park. The Bass trails were the first used in Grand Canyon for tourism and the Bass Rim to Rim route is the original Rim to Rim route in the canyon. In order to get to the trailhead, we will drive along dirt roads for about 2 hours. This route features one night of camping on the North Rim before entering the canyon on the second day and one night of camping on the Colorado River at one of the major rapids in the canyon - another way to become a member of the Just Roughin' It Mile Deep Club. Of course this tour features the amazing views that the canyon is famous for.

As featured in Outside Magazine, Just Roughin’ It’s Grand Canyon Bass Rim to Rim backpacking trip is a new type of Grand Canyon adventure. On this tour, we follow a Rim to Rim route that can only be achieved by paddling across the Colorado River in a pack raft. In addition to the regular backpacking gear, we outfit each member of the group with his or her own inflatable Alpacka raft, paddle and life vest that will be our transport across the Colorado River. The tour features Native American ruins, remains of old tourist camps, one of the cabins once visited by President Theodore Roosevelt and amazing views of the inner canyon in an area that few people reach when they visit the park.

This trip was also recently featured in the Chicago Tribune May 29, 2012.  Check out the article and the video for some great detail and visuals of what you will get to experience with this trip.  They didn't carry packrafts so had to wait for someone to get them across!

*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.

Need more information about the trails? Click the below links for the official North Bass and South Bass Trail descriptions from Grand Canyon National Park.
North Bass Trail

South Bass Trail

Day 1

We will pick you up at your hotel in North Scottsdale, then drive to the National Park along dirt roads until we reach the North Bass Trailhead. Pickup time in Phoenix-Metro is 7:00 AM and in Flagstaff is 9:30 AM. The drive is 7.5 hours from Phoenix-Metro and about 5.5 hours from Flagstaff. Once at the trailhead, we set up camp for the night and explore the area along the North Rim at Swamp Point.

Day 2-4

We start our descent down the North Bass Trail. This is a steep and narrow trail, so the going is slow. We have three days to reach the river so there is no rush. The North Bass Trail is 13.5 miles (21.7km) long from the Rim to the River with a drop in elevation of 5,300 ft (1615.4m). Our journey to the river takes us up past Teddy’s Cabin; along White and Shinumo Creeks, before reaching the beach campsites along the Colorado River downstream from Bass Rapids.

Day 5

If haven't yet, today is the day we cross to the south side of the Colorado River via our inflatable packrafts! And then we start our hike out of the canyon along South Bass Trail to our camp at the Esplanade. The distance from the river to the Esplanade is about 5 miles (8km) with a 3,150 ft (960m) elevation gain. Hiking time is about 4 to 5 hours. Then, we may spend some time hiking off-trail if time allows.

Day 6

On this day, there is a short 2.8 mile (4.5km) hike back to the top with a 1,250 ft. (380m) elevation gain. About half way to the top, we pass by ancient Native American ruins that are tucked away up in the cliffs just yards off the trail. Once at the top, we will drive along a 25 mile dirt road with some 4-wheel drive excitement and head to Grand Canyon Village for souvenir shopping and lunch before heading back to your hotel to complete your journey.


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Did the Rim to Rim Bass Trail Packrafting trip the last week of September 2017. Fantastic trip.

The Park Service gave a permit for the South Rim to North Rim route. We descended to the river the first day and had an extra night there lounging on the side of the Colorado River. Didn't see another soul on the trail.

We inflated the rafts and paddled across in the morning. That was really fun. Quite unique to hike down and paddle your own raft on the river.

The hike up to the north rim was just great. The North Bass is more primitive: there were sections where there was no trail, just stream beds or bushwhacking. Good places to have a great guide. We were able to do the slot canyon option which was spectacular. The last day up to the North Rim was long and hot, but the views were non-stop fantastic.

Highly recommend JRI. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and food was great. Equipment they provided was top notch. This trip is not for civilian hikers, but a must do to see the Grand Canyon south to north, top to bottom (and in the river) without anyone else on the trail.

Paul

Paul Kremer


10/13/17

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This was my first and only adventure into the canyon (so far) and I had the privilege of being on the maiden voyage of this trip. Nothing about this trip was short of amazing! If you're looking for an area of the canyon where you won't run into a ton of people, this is the trip. We saw about 8 people on the trail and one set of rafters over the 6 day trip. And it's always fun to tell people that I carried my own personal raft 20 some miles to cross the Colorado River. Our guide was amazing too! From his knowledge of the canyon to his great personality and cooking skills... he's good at what he does. Trip of a lifetime!

Sara


10/10/14

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This was my first and only adventure into the canyon (so far) and I had the privilege of being on the maiden voyage of this trip. Nothing about this trip was short of amazing! If you're looking for an area of the canyon where you won't run into a ton of people, this is the trip. We saw about 8 people on the trail and one set of rafters over the 6 day trip. And it's always fun to tell people that I carried my own personal raft 20 some miles to cross the Colorado River. Our guide was amazing too! From his knowledge of the canyon to his great personality and cooking skills... he's good at what he does. Trip of a lifetime!

Sara


07/11/13


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5 Day

$1567

Early Booking Price (5+ months booked in advance). Includes all park fees.

$1650

Booked less than 5 months in advance. Includes all park fees.

6 Day

$1757

Early Booking Price (5+ months booked in advance). Includes all park fees.

$1850

Booked less than 5 months in advance. Includes all park fees.

What's included?

  • Round trip transportation from Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area).
  • All permits, fees and taxes.
  • All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
  • Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
  • A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
  • An unforgettable experience!

Our prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).

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Travel Protection

Now’s the time to consider purchasing a travel protection plan to help protect your trip investment. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 03-0152.

Travel Insurance is underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 W20

 


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