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Grand Canyon Virtual Hikes and Trails Guide

Stromatolite Fossils in the Hakatai Shale - A Day Hike from Phantom Ranch
Stromatolite Fossil A rewarding day hike and scramble suitable for experienced canyoneers with an interest in fossils following a steep route from Bright Angel Campground near Phantom Ranch at the Canyon's bottom through the Vishnu Group and several Grand Canyon Supergroup formations in the 'Utah Flats' vicinity atop an adjacent mesa bordering Bight Angel Canyon and the Inner Gorge of the Colorado River. As this route ascends more than a quarter of the Canyon's depth vertically it traverses exposures of the Proterozoic Bass Limestone, Hakatai Shale and Shinumo Quartzite, the three lowest members of the Unkar Group and the oldest formations of sedimentary rocks in Grand Canyon. Among the attractions to be enjoyed atop the mesa are remarkably preserved outcrops of billion year old stromatolite fossils in the Hakatai Shale, dramatic 360° scenery, and the solitude and enveloping peace of Grand Canyon backcountry wilderness.

Comanche Point Vicinity - An Overnight Hike from Desert View
Stone Cabin Ruins An easy to moderate 24 mile round trip overnight hike from Desert View partly following a section of a closed jeep trail enroute to the Palisade cliffs north of Comanche Point, with the best vantage points in the park of the "Big Bend" region in eastern Grand Canyon and the spectacular Precambrian Supergroup formations in Unkar and Chuar Valleys. This hike also provides scenic vistas and photo opportunities encompassing Gold Hill, the lower gorge of the Little Colorado River cutting through the Coconino Plateau and the Painted Desert beyond. Due to its elevation and partial cover by pinyon-juniper woodlands, this plateau and rim hike can be enjoyed during warmer weather when the inner canyon trails are hot and appreciated by novice and experienced canyoneers alike.

Cape Solitude - A 3-4 Day Hike from Desert View
The LCR Confluence A moderate 35+ mile round trip, multi-day hike from Desert View following a closed jeep trail enroute to Cape Solitude, with spectacular river views and vantage points over the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers, the lower gorge of the Little Colorado River and the Precambrian Supergroup formations in Chuar Valley. This hike also provides scenic vistas and photo opportunities encompassing Gold Hill, the gorge of the Little Colorado River cutting through the Coconino Plateau and the Painted Desert beyond. Due to its remoteness and dry conditions this hike is recommended during cool weather only for experienced canyoneers.

Havasu Canyon - A 3-Day Hike from Hualapai Hilltop to Beaver Falls
Havasu Falls An easy to moderate 25 mile round trip, multi-day hike in Hualapai and Havasu Canyons on a pack horse trail in the Havasupai Indian Reservation through the remote Indian village of Supai and beyond to several of the most spectacular waterfalls and some of the most beautiful riparian scenery in Grand Canyon. Type sections for the four Supai Group Formations are located near Supai, and the type section for Mooney Falls Member of the Redwall Formation is at Mooney Falls. Historic circa late 1800s prospecting and mining in the Havasu Canyon Mining District left enduring marks and relics, and the mineral laden water of Havasu Creek has deposited immense curtains and formations of travertine in Havasu Canyon. Especially suitable as an introduction to Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking.

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