SheJumps Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

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SheJumps Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip

Join SheJumps and Four Season Guides for a challenging backpack through some of Grand Canyon’s most outstanding wilderness!

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Grand Canyon - Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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About this event

An all-women’s backpacking adventure through Grand Canyon National Park exploring the wilds of the Hermit Loop. This trip is open to any physically fit enthusiastic backpacker who identifies as female - the hiker who wants a rewarding rim-to-river backpacking experience. This hike has it all...endless vistas, tranquil side canyons, roaring rapids of the Colorado River and outstanding camping.

This rewarding hike is a great first step away from the popular corridor trails and into Grand Canyon’s more rugged backcountry. The route descends from the South Rim on the historic Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens before merging onto the Tonto Trail for a night in the quiet and secluded Horn Creek. Over the next three days, you’ll travel west along the Tonto Trail, traversing in and out of the many side canyons and being treated to some of the most awe-inspiring views Grand Canyon has to offer. Monument Creek is a beautiful watery oasis with great campsites along the babbling stream. A layover here on Day 3 offers the chance to day hike down to the thundering Granite Rapids, as well as some rest and relaxation deep within the canyon. A final night along Hermit Creek offers a second opportunity to visit the Colorado River at the mighty Hermit Rapids. A hearty climb out the Hermit Trail on Day 5 will test your endurance while rewarding with stunning views along this exciting route.

SPIRIT OF THE TRIP

There is a unique spirit of camaraderie with all SheJumps events. Endless high fives, gut busting laughs, and trail dance parties are just the beginning. We consciously foster a positive energy that exudes encouragement in stride with the technical, physical, and emotional challenge at hand. Our guide teams and staff offer support and expertise throughout your preparation and the trip. This is sure to be the experience of a lifetime!

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REGISTRATION AND COST

$1665 plus a 5% National Park Service Commercial Fee. In order to confirm a reservation, Four Season Guides requires an initial deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.

Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well. Call the Four Season Guides office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time.

Contact Four Season Guildes at info@fsguides.com or 1-928-525-1552, https://fsguides.com/

Please note this trip is dependant on permits granted by the National Park Service. In the event that the permit is not obtained dates and route may change.

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TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1:

Depart Flagstaff early for the drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Bright Angel Trailhead. After final preparations, we will begin our trek down into the Canyon, stopping regularly for breaks, snacks and photo opportunities. A stop at famous Indian Gardens for lunch offers a well-earned break from downhill hiking. We then turn west on the quiet Tonto Trail and enjoy more level terrain for the last few miles into camp along

  • Drive Time: 1.5 hours
  • Distance & Elevation: 7.8 miles, 3,000 foot descent
  • Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

After a tasty breakfast, your guide will pack up camp and lead the group along the Tonto Trail to Monument Creek. You’ll pass through Salt Creek Canyon along the way and be treated to epic views of the Colorado River, Granite Rapids and The Abyss. This day features relatively level walking punctuated but short, steep ups and downs as you pass through each tributary canyon. Monument Creek is a welcoming home for your next 2 nights below the rim.

  • Distance & Elevation: 8.2 miles, minor descents and ascents
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Today is a layover day in Monument Creek. We’ll start with a relaxing morning, sipping coffee, watching the daylight spread across the canyon walls, and enjoying a hearty breakfast. Then with just small day packs, we’ll hike down the winding Monument Creek on its 2-mile course to a sandy beach along the Colorado River at the roaring Granite Rapid. Enjoy some time along the river before making our way back to camp. The afternoon offers the chance to relax, explore the upper reaches of Monument Canyon, or play around in the creek where it cuts a beautiful path through polished granite, creating delightful pools and small waterfalls.

  • Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, 1000 foot descent/ascent
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Continuing west along the Tonto Trail, you’ll enjoy another day of beautiful vistas and peace and quiet. The sculpted buttes of the North Rim and the towering canyon walls are highlights of this wonderful stretch of trail. Your camp at Hermit Creek offers a lovely stream flowing through a gorgeous stretch of sandstone narrows. It’s only 3.5 miles from Monument Creek so you’ll have the whole afternoon to explore the lower canyon and perhaps visit the Colorado River at Hermit Rapids. Your guide will prepare a final evening feast before your last night’s rest beneath the starry skies.

  • Distance & Elevation: 3.5 miles backpacking + 3 miles day hiking, minor descent & ascents
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

After packing up camp we begin our final ascent to the South Rim. The Hermit Trail climbs 3800 feet across 7.8 miles and is an exercise in patience and determination. We will get a sunrise start, take our time, and enjoy the stunning views as we climb the Cathedral Stairs, pick our way through a lengthy Supai traverse, and pass through peaceful Waldron Basin before the final climb to Hermits Rest. Expect to arrive back in Flagstaff by 5pm.

  • Drive Time: 1.5 hours
  • Distance & Elevation: 7.8 miles, 3,800 foot ascent
  • Breakfast, Lunch

* Final itinerary may change due to permitting, weather or any unforeseen circumstances.*

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What's Included:

  • All necessary backpacking gear: backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
  • All necessary cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your guide will prepare all meals)
  • All meals from a light breakfast on the first day through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ to Grand Canyon
  • Entrance fees and backcountry permits

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lodging the night before/after the trip
  • Clothing, raingear, and footwear
  • Personal toiletries, sunscreen
  • Water bottles/hydration bladder
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (suggested 15% of trip cost)

Where does the trip begin/end?

This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff.

What kind of shape should I be in?

This is a strenuous backpacking trip. It is intended for very active people who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. You will be carrying a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, all of your personal clothing/toiletries/gear, up to 4 liters of water at a time, and a share of the group food. Each participant is expected to be able to carry 35 pounds on steep canyon trails, descending or ascending 3,000-4,000 feet in a single day, at times in temperatures exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure they possess the level of physical fitness required to complete the hike. Do not take this lightly or fail to properly prepare for the hike.

Where do meet our guides?

We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:00pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation. Most trips will depart between 5am and 7am.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?

We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the Little America Hotel can leave their cars at the hotel. Please check with your hotel about the availability for luggage storage. Most hotels will accommodate this for a nominal fee. Many guests leave extra luggage in their rental cars.

Food Provided by Four Season Guides:

We recognize the need to be well-fed in the backcountry and take great pride in our culinary creations! We provide a variety of meals that are hearty, filling, and abundant, as well as being nutritionally well-balanced. With that in mind, we must also use foods that are lightweight and travel well in the backcountry. We tend to use a combination of rice, pastas, beans, granola, oatmeal, cereals, bagels, pita bread, tortillas and more. Staple ingredients are complimented with fresh vegetables, meats, and tasty sauces. Lunches and dinners typically include appetizers and desserts. In short, you will not be hungry! Your guide will do all the cooking and cleaning, so you will have more time to soak up the beauty.

If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please let us know at the time of booking. We will do everything we can to accommodate your request. We regularly accommodate vegetarians, dairy-free, and wheat/gluten-free guests. We will work closely with you to ensure your dietary needs are met. On occasion, special dietary needs may incur an additional fee.

How do I get on this trip?

In order to confirm a reservation, Four Season Guides requires an initial deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.

Trip Cost: $1665 plus a 5% National Park Service Commercial Fee.

Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well. Call the Four Season Guides office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time.

What is the backpacker to guide ratio?

The trip will be run at a 4:1 ratio.

Please note this trip is dependant on permits granted by the National Park Service. In the event that the permit is not obtained dates and route may change.

View the Cancellation Information from Four Season Guides

More questions?

Contact Four Season Guildes at info@fsguides.com or 1-928-525-1552, https://fsguides.com/

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