Grand Canyon: Skeleton Point to the Tipoff
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).
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.