The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – 122 Mile Rapid to Randy’s Rock, Miles 122 – 126


In August of last year (2014), I began a series of posts on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. That series temporarily ended with the area surrounding Blacktail Canyon, Miles 117 – 121: (https://believesteve.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/the-colorado-river-in-the-grand-canyon-blacktail-canyon-mile-117-121/). Now I begin again, continuing downstream.

Conquistador Aisle ends at 122 Mile Rapid, where the Canyon briefly opens up as it runs through the soft Bright Angel Shale. It is followed by Forster Rapid, at Mile 122.7, and some new rapids that are found in the vicinity of Mile 124. It’s back into the Tapeats at Fossil Rapid, Mile 124.9. There is an un-named rapid at Mile 126, on a turn to the right, and this is followed by the camp at Randy’s Rock, at Mile 126.4.

Wall view at Mile 121, river right

Wall view at Mile 121, river right

122 Mile Rapid

122 Mile Rapid

Upper Forster camp, Mile 122.7, river left, upstream view

Upper Forster camp, Mile 122.7, river left, upstream view

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Forster Rapid, at Mile 122.7

Wall view, Mile 123, river right

Wall view, Mile 123, river right

Rapid at Mile 124

Rapid at Mile 124

Fossil Rapid, at Mile 124.9. This rapid next bends to the left and then back to the right, providing a long series of fun waves

Fossil Rapid, at Mile 124.9. This rapid next bends to the left and then back to the right, providing a long series of fun waves

Bright Angel Shale at Mile 125, river right. A rust-red sandstone layer is seen in the Bright Angel Shale

Bright Angel Shale at Mile 125, river right. A rust-red sandstone layer is seen in the Bright Angel Shale

Rapid at Mile126

Rapid at Mile 126

Morning upstream view, at Randy's Rock Camp, Mile 126.4, river riight

Morning upstream view, at Randy’s Rock Camp, Mile 126.4, river riight

Randys Rock, view upstream

Randy’s Rock, view upstream

The Middle Granite Gorge begins not far downstream, at Mile 127

Note: This and prior posts on the subject of running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon 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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