Tonto Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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The Tonto Trail is a hiking trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona.AccessThe Tonto Trail does not terminate at either rim of the Grand Canyon, but begins along the south bank of the Colorado River at Garnet Canyon (western end) and ends at Red Canyon (eastern end), also at the Colorado River. Through most of its 70-mile length, the trail runs along the Tonto Platform, the bench in the Grand Canyon that separates the inner gorge from the upper canyon.DescriptionTonto crosses the South Bass Trail, Boucher Trail, Hermit Trail, Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and the New Hance Trail. The Grandview Trail is also accessible via its eastern and western spurs. All of the connecting trails provide access to and from the Grand Canyon south rim, while the Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail both provide access to the Colorado River, and the north rim via the North Kaibab Trail.At Garnet Canyon, the Tonto Trail officially ends, but a trail continues along the Colorado River to Elves Chasm. There is also a junction with the Royal Arch Route, which requires a rappel from to access the river trail. At Red Canyon, the eastern end of the Tonto Trail, the Escalante Route continues eastward, connecting to the Tanner Trail and Beamer Trail at Unkar Creek.
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  • We covered the piece of the Tonto trail that connects South Kaibab to Bright Angel. Although not as spectacular as the other two remains a very nice trail (we are still in the Grand Canyon!), easy, flat and lonely. We did not encounter absolutely none when we travelled (unlike in the South Kaibab and Bright Angel which are consistently crowded).
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  • As a backpacker you get to drive your vehicle along the Hermit Road where there is a backpackers parking lot at Hermits Rest at the end of the road. Off we set down the Hermit Trail. We were informed ...  more »
  • So it was brutal, even though it was late April, early May. We were in the area for a few months and worked up our hiking. We went down S. Kaibab, crossed Tonto and then up Bright Angel. It got much m...  more »
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