The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Miles 109 to 115


109 Mile Rapid follows closely after Shinumo Rapid. Evidence of more faulting and Supergroup rocks are seen there on river right.

The riverside cliffs are the Bass Limestone, overlain by the Shinumo Quartzite. The low brown hill above is the Tapeats Sandstone, lying unconformably atop the Shinumo.

109 Mile rapid. The dark brown riverside cliffs are the Bass Limestone, overlain by the pink Shinumo Quartzite. The low brown hill above is the Tapeats Sandstone, lying unconformably atop the Shinumo. The North Rim is seen to the right.

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The river straightens out at Mile 110, downstream view

At the end of this straight stretch is Hakatai Canyon, on river right at Mile 110.9.

At Hakatai Canyon

At Hakatai Canyon

The mouth of Hakatai Canyon and the rapid

The mouth of Hakatai Canyon and the rapid

Black schist and quartz, in the rocks at the mouth of Hakatai Canyon

Black schist and quartz, in the rocks at the mouth of Hakatai Canyon

A large swell at the top of Hakatai Rapid

A large swell at the top of Hakatai Rapid

112.5 Mile Rapid

112.5 Mile Rapid

Mile 112, view downstream

Mile 112, view downstream

The Tapeats Sandstone is seen here to be lowering toward the river, indicating the coming end of the Upper Granite Gorge. Waltenberg Rapid is up next!

Cliff of mica schist seamed with granite, river right just upstream of Waltenberg Rapid

Cliff of mica schist seamed with granite, river right just upstream of Waltenberg Rapid

Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Neil, going down the right side of Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Neil, going down the right side of Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Neil, going down the right side of Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Neil, going down the right side of Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Neil, going down the right side of Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Neil, going down the right side of Waltenberg Rapid, Mile 112.1

Black schist and red granite, along the Waltenberg scout

Black schist and red granite, along the Waltenberg scout

Black schist and red granite, along the Waltenberg scout

Black schist and red granite, along the Waltenberg scout

Rancid Tuna Rapid, aka 113 Mile Rock, which is actually an island

Rancid Tuna Rapid, aka 113 Mile Rock, which is actually an island

The river runs straight from about Mile 113.4 through to Mile 115. This is an upstream view from approx. Mile 113.7

The river runs straight from about Mile 113.4 through to Mile 115. This is an upstream view from approx. Mile 113.7. Seen in upper left is Wheeler Point, on the North Rim

Upper Garnet Camp is found at Mile 114.3, river right.

The pillar opposite Upper Garnet Camp, Mile 114.3

The pillar opposite Upper Garnet Camp, Mile 114.3

Upper Garnet Camp, river right at Mile 114.3, with the same pillar as seen in the prior photo

Upper Garnet Camp, river right at Mile 114.3, with the same pillar as seen in the prior photo

Maria is very happy with our breakfast of bratwurst, pretzels and Hefeweisen beer

Maria is very happy with our breakfast of bratwurst, pretzels and Hefeweisen beer

The kitchen at Upper Garnet Camp is squeezed in by the side of the large Tapeats boulder

The kitchen at Upper Garnet Camp is squeezed in by the side of the large Tapeats boulder

Uphill from the kitchen at Upper Garnet are many luxurious sleeping spots

Uphill from the kitchen at Upper Garnet are many luxurious sleeping spots

Sculpted schist at Upper Garnet

Sculpted schist at Upper Garnet

Opposite Upper Garnet is this wall schist and pink granite

Opposite Upper Garnet is this pot-holed wall of schist and pink granite

Not far downstream is Lower Garnet Camp, at Mile 114.5, river right.

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Lower Garnet Camp

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Sculpted schist at Lower Garnet Camp

The mouth of Garnet Canyon, river left at Mile 115.1

The mouth of Garnet Canyon, river left at Mile 115.1. The Tonto Platform ends here.

Mile 114, upstream view

Mile 114, upstream view

The Monument Fold, a fault, river right at Mile 115.9

The Monument Fold, a fault, river right at Mile 115.9. With the Tapeats Sandstone here lowered to river level, the Upper Granite Gorge comes officially to an end.

Elves Chasm is next!!

Note: This and prior posts on the subject are excerpted from my iBook: “The Grand, the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide, 2nd. edition”. The book costs $5.99 and is available from the iTunes Store, using this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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