Big Canyon

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This is a one of a kind route and arguably one of the best in the state.  Big Canyon is the biggest tributary of the Little Colorado River and winds its way thru the desert as it carves a deep and remote gorge on its way to the neon blue waters of the LCR.  Big Canyon gained its fatal reputation many years ago when a well known Grand Canyon hiker and photographer, George Mancuso, along with Linda Brehmer, were swept away in a massive flash flood.  The final drop in the canyon, a place known as Emerald Pool, is a beautiful but relatively unknown and little visited location.  The route listed here takes you down the heart of Big Canyon over several waterfalls, down the neon water of the Little Colorado River, then back up an old path thru Salt Trail Canyon.  This is best done in two days, though can be accomplished in one long day.  The junction of the LCR and Salt Trail Canyon offer a great campsite which can host multiple groups.  The hike from the river up to the rim is similar to many grand canyon routes and is long, difficult, steep, and has loose footing.  Do not underestimate this climb.  The route down Big Canyon itself is not incredibly challenging from a canyoneering perspective, but does have 5 solid drops down a flowing canyon.  A natural spring begins to flow right below the initial drop in.  This is one of the best canyons around, please respect it.

-> Big Canyon – November 6, 2010 <-

***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***


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