ElevationAscent: 4,609' 1,405 m
Descent: -3,546' -1,081 m
High: 4,039' 1,231 m
Low: 2,597' 791 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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47.5 mi 76.5 km • Out and Back • 10,919 ft Ascent 3328.07 m Ascent
South Kaibab/Bright Angel Loop
21.6 mi 34.7 km • Loop • 4,968 ft Ascent 1514.22 m Ascent
2.1 mi 3.3 km • Point to Point • 110 ft Ascent 33.45 m Ascent
Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 100 Mile
99.6 mi 160.3 km • Point to Point • 5,801 ft Ascent 1768.26 m Ascent
“This trail gently rolls into and out of seemingly innumerable drainages along its length.”— Nicholas Shannon
Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The Tonto Trail leaves the bed of Cottonwood near the top of the Tapeats Formation, contours around the west arm, and heads west toward Grapevine. Entering Grapevine from the east involves a short section of narrow, eroding trail with significant exposure. The views down into the lower reaches of Grapevine are wonderful, but watch your step. Grapevine is, by far, the largest and most complex side canyon between the New Hance and the South Kaibab Trails.
Looking across the mouth of the drainage from the Tonto Trail the distance seems short, but plan on at least 2-3 hours of steady running to cross. The small unnamed drainages between Grapevine and Boulder, and Boulder and Lone Tree, will slow progress, and a little confusion on the west side of Lone Tree is normal, but generally speaking the route between Grapevine and Cremation is straightforward.
Cremation is deceptive because it traverses the Grandview/Cremation monocline. This faulting creates significantly more elevation change than previously encountered along the route, which can be especially tough because of the total lack of water. There is also no river access at Cremation Canyon.
Continuing beyond Cremation Canyon runners will soon reach South Kaibab Trail and eventually intersect the Bright Angel Trail.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Canyon National Park