South Bass Trail Packraftingprint
Beginnning April 1, 2018, Just Roughin' It will no longer offer South Bass Packrafting Trips in Grand Canyon National Park. But do continue to use our information as a source to plan your trip in Grand Canyon.
The North and South Bass trails are about 25 miles west of the main trails in a little used section of the park. Just Roughin’ It has a backpacking trip in Grand Canyon to get you to these remote trails that are typically only assessable to river rafters. In order to get to the trailhead, the group will travel along dirt roads for about 2 hours. This route features one night of camping on the South 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. Of course this tour features the amazing views that the canyon is famous for.
This route is only achieved by paddling across the Colorado River in a pack raft. In addition to the regular backpacking gear, each member of the group is outfitted with his or her own raft, paddle, and life vest. This tour features Native American ruins, remains of old tourist camps and amazing views of the inner canyon in an area that few people reach when they visit the park.
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
After driving 6 hours from North Scottsdale, you and your guide will arrive at the South Bass trailhead. Part of the drive is along 35 miles of dirt road for some 4x4 fun! Once at the trailhead, set up camp for the night and explore the remains of William Wallace Bass's 100-year-old camp on the rim. If time allows, head over to Ruby Point in the afternoon to soak in the view from one of the most scenic points on the rim.
Today we start our descent down the South Bass Trail. This trail is steep in sections but relatively flat for about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) along the Esplanade, which is a high plateau in the canyon. The hike to the Colorado River is 8 miles (12.9 km) long with a drop in elevation of 4,440 ft (1,353 m). On this night the group will camp on the south side beach of the Colorado River along Bass Rapids.
After breakfast, inflate the rafts you carried down to the river to paddle across the river to pick up the North Bass Trail. Once you reach the north side of the river, take a hike along the North Bass trail for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) until reaching Shinumo Creek.
Today you will begin your ascent back up South Bass trail; first by hiking back to the river-1.5 miles (2.4 km) - where you paddle back across the Colorado River and hike to set up camp on the Esplanade. Distance from the river to camp is about 5 miles (8 km) with a 3,150-ft (960 m) elevation gain. Total hiking time is about 6 hours with additional time needed for paddling across the river. Once on the Esplanade, hike off trail for some incredible views of the inner c
On this day, there is a short 2.8-mile (4.5 km) hike back to the rim with a 1,250-ft (380 m) elevation gain. It usually takes about two hours to hike out from here. About half way to the top, you will pass by ancient Native American ruins that are tucked away just yards off of the trail. Once at the top, head to Grand Canyon Village for souvenir shopping and lunch before heading back to the hotel in North Scottsdale.
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Our South Bass Trail Packraft trip was outstanding. Our group (4 people total) had an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable about the land, the rocks, the plants and the "living dirt"! He provided us with daily nourishment for our hiking and refueling. And he provided French-pressed coffee every morning to our delight. The equipment that Just Roughin' It provides is top of the line. No injuries, bruises or blisters from the JRI equipment. This was an experience of a lifetime for me. I had never hiked or camped inside the Canyon before and this was very rewarding for me. I went with my son and we both had a great time and took hundreds of pictures. Would I use JRI again? Absolutely!
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- 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 price does not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).
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