We had been wanting to hike this trail since
2009. That year, though, one of us was a bit under the weather during our
time at the Grand Canyon, so the others of us just walked the rim from Hermit's
Rest back to the Bright Angel area.
Last year we didn't do it because the
weather was not good. It had been a cold, snowy winter, and at the
time of our visit, there was still snow at the top end of the trail.
This year, though, we had no excuses.
Everyone was healthy and the weather was fine. so off we went.
The Tanner is described as a more diffiicult trail than any of the
others we had done, with greater steepness and less development.
This turned out to be true. We did not get as far as we
originally thought we might, but we made it to the saddle area, and
with the heat of the day being what it was (it was among the more
warmer of the days we have experienced in our visits to the Canyon
over the years) and the difficulty of the climb back out, discretion
turned out to be the better part of valor, and we headed back.
We got out with no real trouble, but
I know that I'm glad that we didn't attempt anything more than what
we did. We apparently hiked about two miles down and obviously
two miles back for a total of four miles. But it was steep and
rocky each way, and walking up and down rocks is tiring, even if you
don't do it for very long.
We were certainly glad that we were
finally able to make the hike.