Kris Wagner above Royal Arch Canyon in the Grand Canyon.

Not Quite Impassable: Backpacking the Grand Canyon’s Royal Arch Loop

In Backpacking, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

By Michael Lanza

Hiking just ahead of my three companions in Royal Arch Canyon, a remote chasm off the South Rim the Grand Canyon, I stop before a dead end: a 15-foot pour-off dropping away in front of me and towering cliffs to either side. It looks impassable. After a moment of scanning the walls more closely, though, I notice a stack of narrow ledges—some only as wide as one of my feet—leading across and down the cliff to my left, around the pour-off. The traverse is exposed—a slip could result in a really bad tumble off this cliff.

Read this and every story at The Big Outside! Please subscribe or log in now.

Get My Free Email Newsletter

Enter your email address for updates about new stories, gear reviews, and expert tips!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Like This Story? Get My Free Email Newsletter!

Enter your email for updates about new stories, expert tips, and gear reviews.


Grand Canyon Hiker