Carbon-Chuar Loop

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Carbon Canyon - Grand Canyon
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Carbon Canyon - Grand Canyon

Location

How to Get There
This hike is accessed from a river rafting trip on the Colorado River. Carbon canyon is located at river mile 64.5 on river right.
city
Grand Canyon
state
AZ
country
USA
Region
Grand Canyon and Marble Canyon area

Hike details

Distance
3.70 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.7 miles for the shuttle hike
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us about 2.0 hours total.
Elevation Change
700 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
It's about 700 ft of climbing.
Hike Trail Type
One way - Shuttle
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
Worst Season
  • January
  • December
Date Hike completed
October 17, 2014

Solitudue

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Very good. You'll likely have this hike all to yourself.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
This is a moderate difficulty hike due to the route finding and scrambling needed.

Permits

Be Aware of
Minor scrambling, route finding

Unique 'boat shuttle' hike through Carbon canyon and Chuar canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

 

If you plan well, there’s a unique hike you can do that involves a boat shuttle, starting at Carbon canyon (river mile 64.5) and ending at Lava canyon (river mile 65.5). The idea is that the hiking group is dropped off at Carbon Canyon and the boating group floats the boats down to the beach at Lava canyon to pick them up. From the beach at Carbon canyon, start hiking up the canyon. There are some large pour overs to navigate around, so follow the cairns. This is a popular hike, so the trail is decently marked. The first big pour over is ¼ miles in and is bypassed up the rock slide to the left. After you pass the pour over, look straight ahead of you for the cairns that mark the path back down to the canyon floor. This starts a section of really stunning narrows and is really scenic. All too soon, the narrows end and the canyon opens up to a wide valley. Continue walking up the canyon floor and keep an eye out to your left for a cairned trail that heads out of Carbon canyon. This trail also gets a good bit of use, so it is relatively easy to follow, but takes some route finding to stay on track. This trail drops into Lava (sometimes called Chuar) canyon. Turn left here and walk down canyon. To me, this canyon wasn’t nearly as scenic as Carbon, but it did have some interesting minerals that created some pretty colors in the water, very reminiscent of sections of Yellowstone National Park. It’s an easy walk down canyon to the beach at mile 65.5 and to your waiting boats.

 

 

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