May 27, 2010
I hiked the Nankoweap Trail for the first time in May of 2010.
The trip was my friend Donnie’s idea, and he invited our friend Timmy as well. We all worked at the El Tovar together, and managed to get 5 days off to make it happen.
I have hundreds of photos from the hike, so I divided it into 6 separate posts.
This 5th entry documents the 4th day of the trip. On the first day we hiked from the upper trailhead to Tilted Mesa. On the second day we went from Titled Mesa down to the River. The third day was a rest day at our camp along the River, where we did an evening hike up to the granaries.
On this 4th day of the trip, we began to retrace our steps up the Nankoweap Trail to spend another night at Tilted Mesa.
Now being more familiar with the trail, we opted to take our time getting started this morning, especially after staying up a little late last night at the granaries.
Since it was after sunset by the time we got up to the site, I opted to get up early this morning to see the granaries one last time. I hoped for better light this morning for photos. The pictures did come out a little clearer today, but unfortunately the windows themselves were still in the shade.
As opposed to the day we came down this section of the trail, I took a little more time to grab some photos along the creek and up through the Redwall.
This little unnamed butte in the Supai caught my eye on the trip, and I wondered how hard it would be to get up to the top of it. It looked like it could be 3rd class. To this day, I still haven’t gone out to give it an honest try.
If you’ve followed this trip so far, you might remember how I mentioned that walking the creek can be a little more tiresome than anticipated because of rocks brought down in the floodplain.
I think my camera settings were still locked into what I’d used for the moonrise yesterday evening, so all of today’s images came out especially bright and poorly exposed (oops).
We spent another pleasant night at Tilted Mesa, watched the big moon rise once again, and admired the distant lights of civilization away to the east.