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Tanner to Grandview

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Tanner to Grandview

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Just Roughin’ It’s Grand Canyon Tanner to Grandview backpacking trip offers amazing scenery along every mile of the trip, accompanied by riverside camping for 3 consecutive nights. Tanner Trail is a natural rim to river trail that was used by native tribes of the Grand Canyon for several thousand years. This unmaintained trail was known as the infamous Horse Thief Route, as well as one of the most difficult hikes in the park, and is perfect for the experienced hiker or backpacker looking for primitive adventure. 

The Tanner and Grandview trails present the Grand Canyon explorer with a variety of challenges - seclusion, narrower trails, a short 35 ft hand climb, a fun, heart-thumping scree slope to hike down, but lots of fun!.  Unlike the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails, the Tanner and Grandview trails see very little foot traffic, making your Grand Canyon backpacking experience much more private and secluded.  Did I mention that the scenery and views in this part of Grand Canyon are to die for? (OK, maybe not the right choice of words, but you get the idea).



This route was voted one of the best hikes ever by Backpacker Magazine in 2010 (click here for the article), a 5 or 6 day 33 mile hike down the Tanner Trail, along the narrow and faint Escalante Route for some fantastic views and finally hike out the Grandview Trail.  The best part of this route is you could spend 3 nights camping along the beaches of the Colorado River - I already said that but it is pretty darn awesome.  Few routes in Grand Canyon offer this unique opportunity (the ever-popular Rim to Rim and South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop trips do not offer such an opportunity).  This route is one of the more challenging in the canyon, but with some extra training, more sweat spilled and the will to do something way off the beaten path, the rewards are endless! 

*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability. The below itinerary is also available as a 5 day route.

Need more information about the trails? Click the below links for the official Tanner, Escalante Route and Grandview Trail descriptions from Grand Canyon National Park. These descriptions do not fully depict the actual itinerary, but are provided to give you an idea of the overall route and trails. For example, the section between Hance Rapids to Horseshoe Mesa is not depicted in these descriptions but is part of the JRI route.
Tanner Trail
Escalante Route
Grandview Trail

 

Day 1

After the drive north, we start our hike at Lipan Point. Once we get on the trail, we will spend the next 6-7 hours hiking down to the Colorado River. This is one of the steepest trails on the South Rim, so there is potential for unplanned, additional trail time. The views are outstanding along the way. By the time we reach camp at the river, we will have covered 9 miles (14.5 km) and dropped 4,850 ft (1478 m)!

Day 2

After breakfast, we will make our way downstream along the Colorado River on the Escalante Route. The goal is to complete about 7 to 7.5 miles (11.3 to 12.1 km) this day and camp at the Colorado River for the second time by the Escalante Creek for the evening. The trail ascends about 1,000 feet (305 m) before dropping back down to river level at the campsite. 

Day 3

On this day we will complete the last of the Escalante Route. This will include some scrambling in one section, followed by a descent down a steep rocky slope. After about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of hiking, we reach the mouth of Red Canyon at the end of the New Hance Trail. This will be our campsite, right on the beach beside Hance Rapids. There is time in the afternoon to explore Red Canyon or just kick back and relax under the shade of the mesquite trees.

Day 4

Today we take the Tonto Trail westbound, away from the river towards Hance Creek. We will be camping in an intimate side canyon and also begin our climb out of the canyon today. The hike this day is 5.7 miles (9.2 km) with a 1,300 ft (396.4 m) gain in elevation. There is time in the afternoon to take a side hike down the Hance Creek drainage to see some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet- 1.6 billion years old!

Day 5

From Hance Creek, we head up to Horseshoe Mesa, climbing over 1,000 ft (305 m) in the process. Once on the mesa, there will be time to explore the remains of the Last Chance Copper Mine and Cave of the Domes, as well as time to hike to the end of the Mesa for outrageous views of the inner canyon. We will set up camp on Horseshoe Mesa.

Day 6

Take in the “grand views” as we hike out of the canyon along Grandview Trail. The last section of the hike gains 2,600 ft (792.5 m) over 3 miles (4.8 km) and usually takes about 3 hours. Once at the top, we set aside time to get a bite to eat and souvenir shop before heading back to North Scottsdale to complete the journey.


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I would have to say that this hiking trip was all that I expected and more. If you want to hike on trails that challenge your physical endurance and test your mental ability to keep pushing yourself, then this is the one to sign up for. (You have to be in shape) I had an outstanding time. The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly my favorite place to visit. Day four was my most challenging with the roughly 3000 feet ascent from the Colorado River to Horseshoe Mesa. Our guide was just what you would expect in a professional guide from JRI. He kept us on time, gave encouragement when needed, and was quite the chef. The meals were well prepared and plentiful. Everyone on the hike were also fun to be with. If you are thinking about hiking the canyon with JRI and are not sure about your physical condition, I would suggest the Hermit Loop for a first timer. I hiked it last year and had an equally great time with a smaller difficulty level. Thanks JRI for another great adventure.

Jim McConnell


10/10/14

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This is the second Just Roughin' It trek that I had the pleasure of completing. The first one, Rim To Rim, was a wonderful experience -- very well organized and led by an expert guide. This trip was even better! The trek, as difficult as it was, went without a problem. Our guide Gavin made sure each one of us had an awesome time. The meals were varied, tasty and nutritious. The equipment was good quality suitable for the trip. It was a very difficult trek but, hey, that's what we came for!

Gene Simring


10/10/14

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This is the second Just Roughin' It trek that I had the pleasure of completing. The first one, Rim To Rim, was a wonderful experience -- very well organized and led by an expert guide. This trip was even better! The trek, as difficult as it was, went without a problem. Our guide Gavin made sure each one of us had an awesome time. The meals were varied, tasty and nutritious. The equipment was good quality suitable

Gene S.


05/28/13

Rating   

I would have to say that this hiking trip was all that I expected and more. If you want to hike on trails that challenge your physical endurance and test your mental ability to keep pushing yourself, then this is the one to sign up for. (You have to be in shape) I had an outstanding time. The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly my favorite place to visit. Day four was my most challenging with the roughly 3000 feet ascent from the Colorado River to Horseshoe Mesa. Our guide was just what you would expect in a professional guide from JRI. He kept us on time, gave encouragement when needed, and was quite the chef. The meals were well prepared and plentiful. Everyone on the hike were also fun to be with. If you are thinking about hiking the canyon with JRI and are not sure about your physical condition, I would suggest the Hermit Loop for a first timer. I hiked it last year and had an equally great time with a smaller difficulty level. Thanks JRI for another great adventure.

Jim M.


05/10/13

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We had an amazing time. Gear was great, food was great, route was great. Our guide, Gavin, was awesome...Couldn't have been better. He really took care of us. He was always friendly, cheerful, and knowledgeable. He really made the trip a wonderful experience.

We had a terrific experience with JRI from my first call with Debbie to the last step on the trail. I will recommend JRI to others.

I've been waiting to hike the Grand Canyon for a very long time. Thanks for making the experience so perfect.

You guys need a trip for Kilamongaro...That's next on my list.

Brian R.


11/21/12


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Trip Cost Per Person

5 Day

$1258

Early Booking Price (5+ months booked in advance)

$1325

Best to book 5+ months in advance.

6 Day

$1448

Early Booking Price (5+ months booked in advance)

$1525

Best to book 5+ months in advance

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 (15% to 20% of the tour price is recommended).

Booking and Cancellation Policies
A deposit of 50% of the total trip price is due upon the booking of a trip. The balance is due no later than 60 days before the date of departure and will be charged to the card on file unless otherwise specified. If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, the following fees apply and are due to Just Roughin' It at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation. 

More than 120 days
25% of trip cost
 
120 to 61 days
50% of trip cost
 
60 days or less
100% of trip cost
 

 

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The below dates are not necessarily set in stone, so if there are dates that work better for you, send us an email and we'll see what we can do about setting up a different trip date for you! Please note that dates listed below that are 4+ months in advance of your trip date are not guaranteed until permits are released by the park service, BLM, etc. It is best to not make additional travel arrangements, i.e. flights, until we have confirmed your dates. Yep, this is for real!

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Not seeing the dates you want? Send us an email and we'll see what we can do. Please note that dates listed above that are 4+ months in advance of your trip date are not guaranteed until permits are released by the park service, BLM, etc. We advise you do not make additional travel arrangements, i.e. flights, until we have confirmed your dates. 


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