In the fall of 2003 Brian and Doug went to the Grand Canyon and did a cross-canyon backpacking trek. They hiked down the South Bass Trail, from the South Rim to the Colorado River, and camped one night at South Bass Beach. The next morning they 'hitched' a ride across the river on a commercial raft and then spent the next 5 days hiking up the North Bass Trail from the river to Swamp Point on the North Rim.
Special thanks to Wes, who drove us from the Denver area to the Grand Canyon's South Rim, then out to Pasture Wash and the South Bass trailhead. Wes then drove back and all the way around to the North Rim and out to the North Bass trailhead at Swamp Point. After picking us up at the end of our hike, Wes drove us back on the Swamp Point road, which was by then the firewall for a raging forest fire in the area, and then, finally, back home to Colorado.
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South Bass Trail: 7.8 miles from rim to river, dropping just under 4,500', from 6,646' on the South Rim to approximately 2,180 at the Colorado River. They lucked out the next morning and got a ride across the river by mid-morning;
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