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Cape Solitude Hike
A Multi-Day Hike from Desert View and Back - Grand Canyon National Park

Location: North of Desert View / Grand Canyon National Park - Use Area SA9, Navajo Reservation
Geological Formations: Kaibab, Toroweap Formations
Other Attractions: Dramatic overviews of the Colorado River and the Chuar Valley region in Eastern Grand Canyon from the Palisades, the lower gorge of the Little Colorado River and beyond into the Painted Desert. Several archeological and historic sites including still well preserved ruins of a stone cabin, an agave roasting pit and a Navajo hogan.
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate hiking from Desert View and back along a closed jeep trail across the scrubby, gully carved erosion surface of the Kaibab Formation atop the Coconino Plateau to reach Cape Solitude above the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers. This area is dry and remote but suitable for 2-4 day hikes by intermediate to advanced Canyoneers during cool weather.
Access: Hike southwest on the highway from Desert View to about 1/8 mile past the entrance to Desert View Campground, then head southeast at the turn off to the district ranger station, just before you reach the east entry station to the park. Follow the dirt road past the ranger station and sewage disposal ponds until you reach the fork about 2 3/4 miles from the highway, and take the northbound (left) branch, which is closed to all but hikers. Take the southbound (right) branch to go to Cedar Mountain instead of Cape Solitude.
USGS 7.5 Minute Arizona Topo Maps: Desert View, Cape Solitude, Salt Canyon, Blue Spring

Head of Straight Canyon Elk passing by Navajo hogan

Navajo Hogan Interior Jasc Outside Hogan



Agave Roasting Pit Jasc on the Old Jeep Trail

View from Nearby Campsite 1 Overlooking Gold Hill

Canyon Side Hike on the Reservation

Benches of Kaibab Limestone Vugs in the Kaibab

Greeted by Bighorn Sheep at the Palisades View Down the Colorado River towards Big Bend

Temple Butte Temple Butte Formation Type Section below the Redwall at Temple Butte

Colorado River Gorge From Cape Solitude Towards Nankoweap Mesa Little Colorado River Gorge From Cape Solitude Towards Salt Trail Canyon

Little Colorado River Just Upstream from Cape Solitude Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers



Kaibab, Torwoweap, and Coconino Formations Over the Supai Group in the LCR Gorge Supai Group Over the Redwall Limestone in the LCR Gorge

Tonto Group Beneath the Redwall Limestone in the LCR Gorge



Prickly Pear

Redbed in the Kaibab Formation Along the Palisades Just South of Cape Solitude Shaley Structure Detail of the Kaibab Redbed

Cherty Concretions in Kaibab



Colorado River from the Palisades South of Cape Solitude View Over Chuar Valley Towards the South Rim



Galeros Formation in Chuar Valley Behind Temple Butte



Deer Jaw Elk Antler

Temple Butte in Morning Light Morning View from Cape Solitude of the Colorado River Upstream from the LCR Confluence

Cape Solitude 'End' of the Old Jeep Trail

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