A hike down the South Kaibab Trail, across on the
Tonto Trail, and back out on the Bright Angel Trail, a total distance of about
13 miles, has become the standard hike for first-time visitors in our groups as
long as they're up to it physically.
This time, all 13 students began at
the top of the South Kaibab Trail, but several decided to turn
around at the point where the trail intersects the Tonto Trail and
come back out the same way. The others continued on, finally
making their way out around darkness. It was a warm day down
in the Canyon, and that, coupled with their stop-to-see-the-views
pace, led to the long day.