Trails Update – date posted Oct 17, 2016

SOUTH RIM:

Bright Angel Trail: Repair and reroute work completed and the trail is now open for ALL traffic (hiker and mule) All users need to remain cautious and observant because there may be some movement of rocks and debris along the trail.

NORTH RIM:

Access to the Nancoweep Trail from House Rock Valley though the National Forest Saddle Mountain Wilderness is closed.

Some areas of the North Rim (i.e. the upper trail access to Nancoweep via the USFS 610 Rd. and Nankoweep Trail #57 on the south boundary of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness) are in newly burned areas due to the Fuller Fire this summer, and hikers should use caution in those areas. There may be unstable standing trees, downed trees, and burned debris along trails within the burned area that could pose safety hazards.

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Check in with the Backcountry Information Center for the latest trail conditions prior to starting your hike. For information about vehicle access to remote trailheads, contact the Backcountry Information Center.

Hiking the Corridor? Be sure to visit the Trail Courtesy Practices That Leave No Trace webpage.

Hikers without a permit can stop by the Backcountry Information Center to request a last minute permit. Last minute permits and waitlist numbers are issued by the Backcountry Information Center, located inside the park. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily, year round, for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open daily from mid-May to October 31 for walk-in visitors from 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm Mountain Standard Time.

Organized Group Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run: Any organized, noncommercial, group conducting rim-to-rim and extended day hiking and running, including rim-to-river-to-rim, and rim-to-rim-to-rim in the inner canyon is required to obtain a Special Use Permit from Grand Canyon National Park. The inner canyon is defined as the area below the Tonto Platform (Tipoff and Indian Garden) from the South Rim and below Manzanita Resthouse (Pumphouse Residence) from the North Rim. Any group, regardless of size, which has advertised to the general public, required individuals to sign up prior to participation, or that has an organizer who has been compensated for their services (including subsidized participation in the activity), is required to operate under a Special Use Permit. For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/sup.htm

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