The trail data reported were obtained via the TOPO! Interactive
Mapping software. Here's how we did it:
First, we used Route Tool to trace the trail or route.
Next, we used TOPO's Profile tool to obtain a profile
view of the trail/route. This profile provides a sense of
a trail's ups and downs.
Length of the traced trail/route
was also obtained from TOPO's profile tool. In many cases, the trail
length obtained via this methodology is very close to trail distances
published in books such as John
Annerino's Hiking the Grand Canyon. In some instances, the mileage's
differ. In any case, treat these numbers as a rough guide for planning
the time required to complete a particular trail/route.
Trail head and trail end elevations
were similarly obtained from the TOPO! interactive mapping software.
Average Grade, a figure computed
by the TOPO! program, provides a sense of the average steepness
of a trail.
Water reliable means that a water
source can be counted on year round. Water
seasonal means the water source is available only at certain
times. For all water sources other than the Colorado River, we strongly
recommend that you check their viability with the rangers at the
Backcountry Reservations office immediately prior to beginning your
trip. Water availability information was obtained from a variety
Camping in the Grand Canyon backcountry
is restricted and requires a backcountry permit. The type of camping
allowed depends on the use zone assigned to a particular area. In
high use areas, camping is restricted to designated campsites. In
low use areas, at large camping is permitted.
USGS 7.5 Minute Quad(s) You'll Need
names the 7.5 minute topographic maps that cover the trail/route.
We strongly recommend use of the 7.5 minute series maps because
of the level of detail they provide.
The popular Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park map is
useful for planning a trip. The scale used on this map limits its
usefulness as an on-trail navigational aid, however.