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Road Conditions for Remote Trailheads – date posted Apr 12, 2010

Thunder River access (Apr-12-10):  Hikers can drive to within about 5 miles of the Bill Hall and Thunder River trailheads. The road is not drivable past the intersection of Forest Roads 425 and 427 (per Fredonia Field Office, North Kaibab District). The big story of the day is the huge snowpack on the North Rim Read the full article…

Early Spring in the Canyon – date posted Apr 12, 2010

The winter of 2010 was remarkable, with more snow than we’ve seen for at least 25 years. But the days are getting longer, a few brave plants are starting to show and, for today anyway, spring seems just around the next bend. Most of the snowpack has melted along the South Rim and backcountry travel Read the full article…

North Rim Closed for the Season – date posted Apr 12, 2010

State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are expected to re-open for the 2010 season on May 15, 2010. The North Rim campground is currently available for winter camping, but is only accessible via inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing Read the full article…

Drinking Water outside the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Apr 12, 2010

The moisture laden winter has produce one very positive effect: the ephemeral, seasonal springs that dot the inner canyon are flowing now and will probably continue to flow for the next few weeks. Water issues in most parts of the canyon have temporarily receded into the background, with one important exception: the side canyons between Read the full article…

South Kaibab Trailhead Access – date posted Apr 12, 2010

Hikers must access the South Kaibab Trailhead by shuttle bus. There are two options. A special early morning “hiker’s express” shuttle leaves the Bright Angel Lodge and then picks up passengers at the Backcountry Information Center before going directly to the South Kaibab Trailhead. Parking is available at the Backcountry Information Center. The Kaibab Trail Read the full article…

Hermit Trailhead Access – date posted Apr 12, 2010

From Mar. 1 to Nov, 30, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. A numerical code is required to open the gate giving access to Hermit Road. Hikers with a valid backcountry permit who are beginning or ending their hike via the Hermit Trail will be permitted to park at the Hermit trailhead. The Backcountry Read the full article…