Grand Canyon: Skeleton Point to the Tipoff

View below Skeleton Point

View below Skeleton Point

December 10th, 2020

Yesterday we continued on the South Kaibab Trail to this precipice below Skeleton Point. I love this view not only because of its dramatic location but because it’s another moment where the length of the day’s route comes back into focus. A dozen switchbacks etch the slope below. They only take you as far as the next turn around the bend but right there you’ll find a stunning view of Zoroaster Temple (the pointiest peak to the north).

South Kaibab Trail

South Kaibab Trail

View to Zoroaster Temple

View to Zoroaster Temple

Heading to the Tipoff

Heading to the Tipoff

Continuing north, the trail widens and turns sandy brown leading through a stretch of desert brush. We’re on top of the next plateau before we drop down yet another level, closer to the river.

The Tipoff

The Tipoff

We stop at the Tipoff for some water, fruit, shade and a quick stretch. Normally this rest stop would be far busier with hikers coming and going on the trail but, in the time of Covid, it’s a ghost town. Even the hitching post is deserted.

My favorite loop on the trail

My favorite loop on the trail

Just past the Tipoff, we come to my favorite part of the trail. It arcs out to the right and cuts across the slope on the other side, giving a final panoramic tour of this valley view before we hit the last stretch to the river below.

A little closer to the Colorado River

A little closer to the Colorado River

There’s the water… once again, so close yet still so far away.

Tomorrow we’ll descend to the bottom of the canyon, cross the bridge over the river and stop at the beach to soak our feet. So. Much. Fun!

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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