8:05 am - Thursday - November 30th - Grand Canyon - 32º F, humidity 58%, wind 1 mph out of the southwest.....partly cloudy with a forecast high of 60º F......another nice day, and another reprieve from winter. In fact, we have three consecutive days with temps still in the 60's!
So, what about Wednesday? Our last exploration was the previous Friday when we hiked, or I should say, I hiked the first 3.2 miles of the Grandview Trail. For this hike I let TLE chose the trail and she settled in pretty quickly on the Rim Trail which runs from Yaki Point to Hermit's Rest.....about 10 miles in all. We decided to hike from Yaki Point along the GC to the fork in the trail which would take us down to the 'Marketplace' store where we would have a lunch and then hike back to Yaki Point.....about 6.9 miles round trip.
You cannot park in the parking lot at Yaki Point......it is reserved for shuttle and tour buses only. You have to park out on SR-64 and walk about 1/2 mile into the trail head. Yaki Point is also the trailhead for the Kaibab Trail which is the shortest route, at just over 7 miles, to the bottom of the GC.
Upon our arrival at Yaki we found a small herd of elk cows......this one was right off the trail by about 5 feet....she just went about her business ignoring us for the most part.....