June 19, 2010
When Jed Dryer and I climbed Coronado Butte this morning and surveyed the regional landmarks, we fell into some discussion about the prominent Coconino ridge that extends out from the Grandview Trail.
I’d seen a video on YouTube of some guys traversing the apex of the ridgeline all the way out to its northernmost point. I’d later go on to meet and hike with some of the guys in that group, but on this day they were still unidentified strangers to me.
Tagging the summit of Coronado took us about 5 hours on this morning. We each had the full day off of work at the South Rim, so with plenty of summer daylight still ahead of us, we opted to go check out the Grandview Ridge. Fortunately we brought sufficient snacks and water to facilitate the impromptu choice.
Rather than sticking to the ridgeline, which looked rather sketchy to my eyes in the video, we worked a contour on the left side of the ridge. From the trail it’s a matter of going out the ridge a short distance until you come to a big gap, which is actually the head of a fault that leads all the way down into an east arm of Grapevine Creek.
We went partway down this chute, and then contoured north for some distance to a place where we could easily scramble back up to the ridgeline, near its north end.
There at the summit we were surprised to find a register book. It was stated that the book was placed by a renowned Grand Canyon climber who proposed to his wife at that very spot. In the log they wistfully dubbed this unnamed summit 6633 as Proposal Peak, so that’s what I’ve called it ever since.
a near perspective looking down on Horseshoe Mesa