Grand Canyon: Ooh Aah to O’Neill Butte

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

December 8th, 2020

After yesterday’s jaunt, we’re continuing on the South Kaibab Trail towards O’Neill Butte. A few scrubby trees and bushes cling to the rocky spine we’re navigating. It looks as if the trail ends in the open space above the canyon but it twists to the right and drops down to the next layer where the canyon opens up to the east.

View to the East

View to the East

Ahead to O'Neill Butte

Ahead to O’Neill Butte

Looking back at the trail

Looking back at the trail

Moving on

Moving on

O'Neill Butte

O’Neill Butte

We reach O’Neill Butte, a landmark looming in the distance since we started the hike. Somehow it feels both big and small — towering above us yet a mere bump on the map of the vast Grand Canyon. Moving past it, the next stretch to Skeleton Point appears as a thin red line reaching from left to right along the plateau.

On to Skeleton Point

On to Skeleton Point

Enjoy the gradual downhill. Tomorrow we’ll reach Skeleton Point and the most precarious bit of the South Kaibab Trail.

See you then,
Kelly

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.

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