Grand Canyon: The Tipoff to the Colorado River

Below the Tipoff

Below the Tipoff

December 11th, 2020

Yesterday we stood near the Tipoff and savored the view of the Colorado River. Let’s get moving on the trail so we can stop for a dip!

The trail continues around a promontory and emerges on the other side with a layered view to the north. Looking down from the trail, the terrain drops off steeply all the way to the river. The Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge pierces both banks like a needle stitching the north and south sides together.

View to the north, across the river

View to the north, across the river

Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge

Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge

A curve in the trail gives us one last view of the northern panorama with ribbons of white against blue. Just after the flat, the trail begins its erratic descent to the water.

Dreamy sky view

Dreamy sky view

Down, down, down to the river

Down, down, down to the river

More switchbacks

More switchbacks

Almost there!

Almost there!

Finally, the bridge feels within reach and one last turn brings us to the entrance of a tunnel. After all the twists and turns tracing the canyon wall, here it seems there was no other option but through the stone itself. We enter the darkness and emerge on the other side.

The tunnel

The tunnel

Successssssss!

Successssssss!

The Kaibab Suspension Bridge welcomes us with sunshine and a pretty river view. Just wide enough for two people, we linger and look from both sides before crossing to the north shore.

View to the Bright Angel Trail Bridge

View to the Bright Angel Trail Bridge

North side of the Colorado River

North side of the Colorado River

From the rock-rimmed trail on the north side, we see a perfect crescent beach along the curved edge of the river. Time to stop for a break, have some lunch and soak our feet.

The Beach

The Beach

View from the beach with feet in the water

View from the beach with feet in the water

The sandy beach frames a perfect view of the bridge over the Colorado River. Water flows gracefully by showing no sign of just how COLD it is. With shoes off, feet in and food unpacked for lunch, enjoy the view before we move on and begin the trek back up the through canyon.

More tomorrow,
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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