Rim to Rim Bass Trails
Grand Canyon: Rim to Rim Bass Trails Trip
Want an alternative Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hiking trip with more adventure? Cross the Colorado River with a raft you carry on your back! As featured in Outside Magazine (May, 2011 page 44), we are now offering a new and exciting way to travel Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon. But we will not be using the typical North Kaibab/Bright Angel route. We will hike the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim via the very remote North and South Bass trails, with a pack raft in tow! 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!
The North and South Bass trails are about 25 miles west of the main trails in a little used section of Grand Canyon National Park. In order to get to the North Bass trail head, we will drive along dirt roads for about two hours. This route features one night of camping on the North Rim before entering the canyon on the second day and one night camping in the Grand Canyon on the beach of the Colorado River after allowing two to three days to get down to the river. With no bridges available for us to cross, we will paddle across the Colorado River on a pack raft each hiker will be carrying across the canyon. This will allow you to have a unique experience few Grand Canyon hikers ever have. Then, over the course of two days, we will exit the canyon on the South Rim via the South Bass trail. Of course, our tour features Grand Canyon's world-renowned views and scenery. Since this is a brand new Grand Canyon guided tour not offered by anyone else, you too will be one of the first and few to ever experience this adventure of a lifetime.
This Just Roughin' It Grand Canyon Rim to Rim trip is for the experienced backpacker as the trails are steep and narrow in some places. But if you are up for the challenge, this will be one of those trips you will be telling your grandchildren about. So, if you are looking for a "bucket list" trip, this is the one!
Note: This trip is only avaible in October of every year due to weather and access to the trail head. If you would like to go on a packrafting trip in the Spring, check out our South Bass packrafting trip.
Number of days: 5-6
Mileage: 22 miles/35.4 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 5,300 ft/1,1615.4 m
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