The drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon was a little less than 2 hours. We didn’t realize soon enough that the roller skate would play music directly from my phone, so when radio frequencies went out we got to enjoy some silence and really take in the surroundings. Once we arrived, we stopped at the little quick-serve restaurant at the welcome center to refuel and then headed toward Mather Point to catch our first grand view of the Grand Canyon. Once we were there, we saw a whole lotta nothing.
As we approached, we felt the moist air passing by us and it became very clear that in these cloudy conditions and at this elevation we weren’t going to see a darn thing. Determined to make the best of it, we took the shuttle over to Kaibab Trail and began our descent into the Grand Canyon.
As we carefully made our way down the totally muddy, slippery, and narrow winding trail we met a couple other trailblazers who were also hoping that there was a sight to be seen under the clouds. The mud definitely proved difficult to navigate and the great abyss over the the ledge didn’t offer us any additional confidence. But you better believe I was loving every minute of it. Straight cheesin’:
And it wasn’t long after this picture that we reached an elevation just below the clouds and got our first peak at this incredible world wonder.
And not too long after that, the trail started getting a little more manageable and voices below became more audible. As we strolled down to Cedar Ridge, we were in awe and knew we had made it. Well, at least we made it as far as we planned to go on this trip. There will most definitely be another trip where we make the full 6 mile overnight trip down to the Colorado River (and back up, eek). On this day, I couldn’t have been happier to just be here, below the clouds, taking in all of this. I celebrated with a series of jumps with my hair in my face.
The climb back up wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. It was a 1.6 mile hike up, but as the sky began to clear the mud started to harden making the path much more manageable. At the top, we jumped back aboard the shuttle to head to the next lookout. Here I found my place on a ledge, breathing in all this amazing!
Before we made our way out of the park and back to Sedona, we came across this one last lookout point and I was so glad we did. The colors. The sky. The everything. Ahhhhhmazing.
If you’re hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and have a few more days, you should venture over to Sedona and hike the Little Horse Trail. It’s a great recovery hike from the Grand canyon, and it was one of my favorites in Sedona.