Cheops Plateau and Cheops Pyramid

Cheops Plateau 5401′ and Cheops Pyramid 5206′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 15:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 25 miles Elevation Gain: 11,100′ Crux: Cheops Plateau- Class IV, Cheops Pyramid- Class III Trailhead: Yaki Point/ South Kaibab Trail. Water, pit toilets, trash, shuttle bus   I had been somewhat disappointed in how little I had made it […]

Kibbey Butte

Kibbey Butte 7801’ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3:00 Round Trip Mileage:  2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1200’ Class III Trailhead and Amenities: Greenland Lake. No amenities. Companions: Holly I’ve learned in my short time in AZ that summits in the Grand Canyon do not come easily. With blocky sandstone cliffs and desert brush, there’s […]

Escalante and Cardenas Buttes

Escalante Butte 6536′, Cardenas Butte 6281′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.2 Total Elevation Gain: 3200′ Crux: Class III Trailhead and amenities: Tanner Trail at Lipon Point: Trash, no toilets or water. Continued… Escalante and Cardenas Butte are a pair of fairly prominent summits off the eastern South Rim […]

The Battleship

The Battleship 5,850’ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: ~5 hours Roundtrip Distance: 9 miles Elevation Gain: 500’ on the way in, 1400’ on the return. Crux: Class III I first noticed “The Battleship” during a backpack in the Grand Canyon November 2013, staring up from Indian Gardens. I had always assumed it was technical, […]