The North Rim of The Grand Canyon

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Hanging on for dear life at the end of Bright Angel’ Point Trail

What’s 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and a mile deep?  The Grand Canyon of course. We visited on October 11, 2015.  It was the last week that the lodge, restaurants and shops were open.  You can still go into this area of the park after as long as weather permits.  I wish we had gone later, the crowds were crazy.  We had heard that the north rim is not as busy as the south rim, but that wasn’t our experience at all, at least near the lodge.  Other areas of the park are less congested.

Bright Angel Point Trail

Bright Angel Point Trail – This is a short hike, about 1/2 mile round trip, along a paved trail with many other people.   The view is spectacular, but it was unnerving for me.  At points you have a canyon drop on both sides and people jostling past you in both directions.  Its a steep climb back up, even though a short hike.

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A rare photo when no one was coming or going on the trail

 

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This side of the trail/canyon didn’t have direct sunlight and the photos turned out much better.
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Even by editing this photo the direct glare of the sun prevented a good photo but the depth is apparent.
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I like this close up of the wall across the canyon. I assume this is a drainage path in the rock.
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There are occasional walls of rock on one side of the trail, which is visible on the upper right hand side of the photo.
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Close up of rock wall

 

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A view of the lodge from the trail

After leaving the lodge area we took the road which leads to Angels Window.  This was much less crowded.

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Trail Marker
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One of the best shots we took all day
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Like a castle on a hill
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Raven taking his own hike
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I haven’t identified this plant yet
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Plants grow on the top of this ledge

Views of Angel’s Window

 

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Erosion has left this window
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Closer shot
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In this photo you can see the walk along the top of the cliff. There is a walkway out to the end of the cliff.
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View from the end of the walkway on top of Angel’s Window

Coming down from Angel’s Window we took the road to Pt. Imperial, right before sunset.

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Maker

 

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The depth of the canyon shows here

 

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This lone tower of rock was illuminated by the setting sun
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An old tree,
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The sun was still shining on distant peaks
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Good night Grand Canyon