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Granite Narrows Route

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An adventurous route that connects Tapeats and Deer Creeks through the Colorado River's Granite Narrows.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

82%

Runnable

2,620' 799 m

High

1,972' 601 m

Low

812' 247 m

Up

476' 145 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views

Description

The Granite Narrows Route is an unmaintained (but well-traveled and well-marked) path that connects Tapeats and Deer Creek. It allows for a complete loop of the Thunder River-Tapeats Creek-Deer Creek drainages, which makes for an outstanding multi-day adventure. The route is at the bottom of the canyon with southern exposure and can get quite hot; shade is minimal. Views along the trail are outstanding, and the unique perspective on the Colorado River's dramatic Granite Narrows section makes the route well-worth doing.

Granite Narrows can be traveled from either direction and starts from the confluence of Tapeats Creek and the Colorado River on the east and just above the beginning of Deer Creek Narrows on the west. In general, the route-finding is straightforward and marked by cairns. Along the Colorado River, there is some rock-hopping involved, but more often, the route follows well-worn paths above the river. Two areas may cause some difficulty: 1) just east of Bonita Creek there is a section of steep and loose down-climbing (when headed from east to west) that can be challenging with a pack (a 20-foot hand-line would make this stretch easier); 2) a bit west of Bonita Creek the route splits to a high route and a lower route—the latter is shorter and with less vertical gain and loss, but also involves a 15 foot ledge traverse with considerable exposure. This traverse is not technically difficult and has stable hands and feet, but those not comfortable with exposure will want to take the high route.

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Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

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  4.3 from 3 votes

#14

in North Rim

#8491

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#14

in North Rim

#269

in Arizona

#8,491

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Grand Canyon National Park - Deer Creek
May 14, 2015 near Fredonia, AZ
Entering the Granite Narrows
Oct 17, 2017 near Fredonia, AZ
Crossing lower Tapeats Creek
May 10, 2018 near Grand C…, AZ

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