December 15, 2010
I had another day off soon after returning to the Canyon in December of 2010.
Once again I ended up hiking down the Bright Angel Trail, but this time I turned across the Tonto and went up the South Kaibab. It was a routine walk of the trails without investigating any special points of interest, as the clouds were threatening to drop some snow.
On previous occasions I’d always hiked this segment of the Tonto in the other direction, so it was good to get a different perspective on it.
The original plan for the day was to repeat the classic day trip I’d done just a few days prior, down to Phantom Ranch and back. The fall colors were so nice that I was happy to do it again and invite a friend.
The friend cancelled after I was already at the employee dining room (near Bright Angel trailhead) that morning. So rather than going to Phantom once again, I opted for this shorter opportunity.
Once again I was using a sub-par pocket camera, but the images came out well. What I remember most about the walk is the gloomy threatening clouds, coupled with the bare, stark fields of muted blackbrush along the Tonto that seemed to stretch into eternity.