We took the short portion of the hike to the Suppai Tunnel or 4 miles round trip. As you would expect the views were amazing. Also, Its great to get the see the canyon from a more granular level of being inside it. My review is on the short hike, but if going longer see the map distances and make sure you're geared up and research the adequate amount of water and supplies needed. It took us about 2.5 hour to do the 4 miles.
This is a hike of never ending switch backs. Interesting the first two miles are in the Alpine forest and is very green. This was good as it gave some shade in the 100 degree temps. This is really a strenous trail and is tough on the knees going down. They had water and bathrooms at the Suppai tunnel.
Coming back was the hard part. Im not in bad shape, but do to the steep grade, high temperature and 8K above sea level altitude, this hike was tough. Be careful and don't over estimate your fitness on this hike. This is no cake walk. But glad I did it. Im amazed at the guys that go all the way on this. They're in good shape. Be careful for dusty rocks which I slipped on a couple of times. Also, its better to do early in the morning. The annoying thing is the mule dung and pee on the trail as this is also a mule trail. Not necessarily the cleanest or best smelling trail as a result. But, if you're a hiker you cant walk away from this challenge.
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