Day 6 Thursday On to Indian Gardens
|I wake at 5:00. I watch day begin while listening to music of the canyon. We
have our first breakfast at the ranch. Scrambled eggs, bacon, peaches, pancakes, orange juice and
coffee. Most are heading up on the mules today. There are a few dorm and cabin hikers. Wes
decides to head out at 8:40. He will find us a campsite at Indian Gardens.
||Doug and I had decided to explore Phantom Creek. One of
our tablemates of last night had hiked this section several years ago. 30 minutes up the North
Kaibab we hop rocks to cross the Bright Angel and then head up Phantom Canyon. A waterfall
blocks our path but a well hiked scramble section leads us onward. We find the downed trees
from beavers several years ago who tried to establish a home. They did not make it. We turn a 35
minutes. Back on the North Kaibab trail, I decide to run back. Doug accomplished his first run
this spring (on the Tonto trail between the Tip-off and Cremation Canyon), so I felt I had to catch
up. Not a long run, but definitely exhilarating.
|We have a couple of beers then head down to the River where we have
lunch. Then its time to head out. We have 7.0 miles and 2080 feet to gain.