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 and the effects this will …

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 is becoming easier, but 8 …

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 – a 45 mile trip …

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 the Little Colorado River and …

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 Information Center will provide the …

Trail Conditions – date posted Apr 8, 2010

New Hance Trail (Apr-8-10): The snow on New Hance Trail is melting off fast. The top 1 1/2 miles are practically snow free and crampons are not necessary. A recent rock fall on top of the Redwall can be negotiated safely. Grandview Trail (Apr-1-10): The north facing aspect means melting is slow and the narrow, exposed nature make crampons and …

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor – date posted Apr 6, 2010

Purified drinking water is available at Bright Angel Campground and Indian Garden Campground. As always, the South Kaibab Trail is dry – no water of any kind. The list below reflects seasonal changes and will be updated when water is turned on or off. North Kaibab Trailhead: water turned OFF Supai Tunnel: water turned OFF Roaring Springs Day Use Area: …

Hiking Podcast Updated – date posted Apr 6, 2010

The Backcountry Information Center has updated the Hiking Podcast with an April 2010 update. Visit the Grand Canyon Podcast Directory (www.nps.gov/grca/photosmultimedia/podcasts.htm) for more information or to subscribe. Additionally the update can be heard on the Backcountry Audiocast page (www.nps.gov/grca/photosmultimedia/bc_audiocasts.htm). A transcript of the update is posted on the Backcountry Audiocast page.