Part #2 ended with Bedrock Rapid, Mile 131. This 3rd and final part begins with Deubendorff Rapid, Mile 132. The links to Parts #1 and #2 are to be found at the end of this post.
Day 13 (con’t.)
Approaching Deubendorff Rapid, Mile 132. In this view, a diabase dike underlies the Bass Limestone.
At 24 seconds into the following video of Deubendorff Rapid, I remark on a hole created by a big flat rock, which we pass to the left of. It was this hole that knocked CJ out of her boat.
We had lunch at the mouth of Tapeats Creek, Mile 134.
Monkey-flowers, Tapeats Creek, Mile 134
Tapeats Creek and Rapid, Mile 134
Owl Eyes Camp, Mile 135
Our third lay-over camp was at Across from Deer Creek Camp, Mile 135 (nights #13 and #14). This camp provided the opportunity to hike up Deer Creek and over to Thunder Spring, in the Tapeats Creek drainage. James and Lisle made that hike, while others visited the “Throne Room”, where Deer Creek Spring issues from a cave, and the Patio. As they discovered, the spring was not running – another victim of the region-wide drought.
Downstream view to the North Rim from Across from Deer Creek Camp, Mile 135. The odd-looking pinnacles are found along the edge of the Esplanade, in the Supai formation, and are called “The Mormon Wagon Train”.
Downstream view from Across from Deer Creek Camp, Mile 135
Looking across to Deer Creek Falls from camp
Georgia enjoys the spray at Deer Creek Falls
Deer Creek, below the falls
Monkey-flowers grow in the spray from the falls
Rainbow in the spray from Deer Creek Falls
Monkey-flowers again! Where there’s water, there’s monkey-flowers
The Deer Creek Gorge and the trail to the Patio. Photo taken in 1989.
The Patio. Photo taken in 1989.
Deer Creek Spring, in the Throne Room. Photo taken in 2002.
Sculpted Shinumo Quartzite, on the left at Mile 137. This is the only place in the Canyon that I’ve seen it.
Fluted Shinumo Quartzite, Mile 137, river left
Kathy, at Kanab Rapid, Mile 144. At Kanab Rapid we enter the narrow Muav Gorge.
Next up was the scenic highlight of Matkatamiba Canyon.
The entry to “Matkat”, just a few yards from the river
James, Lisle and Georgia
Rocky Mountain Bee plant
Running Bighorn ram
A rare flower – Davidson’s sage
The creek, in the amphitheater
In the Matkat amphitheater. the creek runs over limestone slabs
The creek, with red silt and reflections
In the very narrow gorge below Matkat, Mile 149. The Muav is seen below and the Redwall above.
The same gorge, downstream view
We came to Upset Rapid at Mile 150, and stopped to scout it.
Mark hits the top lateral high and hard, Upset Rapid, Mile 150
The lateral shoved Mark to the right, towards the central hole. But he came out fine.
Kathy passes to the left of the central hole in Upset Rapid, Mile 150
Upstream view at Ledges Camp, Mile 151, in the narrow Muav Gorge
Tie-off at Ledges Camp
Great blue heron
Downstream view of Mt. Sinyella, on the Esplanade, Mile 152
Side canyon spring, Mile 152
Sinyella Rapid – much narrowed by a newly-enlarged delta
Limestone blocks in mid-stream, Mile 155
The wall at Mile 155
Downstream view of spring-fed waterfall, Mile 155
We stopped at Havasu for a short while. It was running brown.
Downstream view at Mile 157
Downstream telephoto view to the North Rim, Mile 159. The red Supai is seen in the center of the photo.
Lunch at Mile 160, upstream view
Overhangs in the Muav, Mile 161
Downstream view at Mile 161
Camp #16 was at Tuckup Canyon, Mile 165
Tuckup Camp, Mile 165
The remote, at Tuckup Camp
Fern Glen, Mile 168, was our first stop on Day 17.
Pool and chockstone in Fern Glen
Pool and reflections
The name-sake Maidenhair fern of Fern Glen
Travertine cone in the amphitheater of Fern Glen
Stairway Tower sits in the mouth of Stairway Canyon, Mile 171. X marks where a fault created the Tower by breaking it off of the canyon wall.
The Stairway Tower summit blocks
Gaterway Rapid, Mile 171
After running Gateway Rapid, we pulled in to Mohawk Canyon Camp, Mile 171.9, for our camp #17. This was a short day, to allow for exploration of the canyon.
Approaching Lava Falls, Mile 179
Lava Falls, Mile 179, with a commercial boat in the bottom waves
Lava Falls, same photo as above
Kathy, about to drop in!
The V-Wave. Jesse slid the boat over the left-hand part of the wave with hardly a bounce.
The bottom waves
With the Big Kahuna Rock in the foreground, we see Mark heading for the bottom waves
Mark appears from behind the Big Kahuna Rock, to end his run
We had no flips or swims in Lava, but Kathy had herself a big adventure. She got shot into the violent eddy that is found on the upstream side of Big Kahuna Rock, and was stuck there for as long as 5 minutes, high-siding for all she was worth. She was released after one oar departed the boat.
Son of Lava, Mile 180
Lava meets limestone, Mile 183
The Lava Cascade, Mile 185
185 Mile Rapid
Our 18th camp was at Upper 185 Mile Camp
The Lava Cascade, from our camp at Upper 185 Mile Camp
The Whitmore Castle, with the Whitmore lava flow behind, Mile 188
Schist island, Mile 189
Upstream view of Whitmore lava flow and the North Rim, Mile 189
Lava sits on schist, Mile 190
Red schist and Tapeats Sandstone, Mile 190
Rock assortment – schist, Bright Angel Shale, lava and limestone, Mile 190
Lava flow sits on river cobble, having run down the river channel
205 Mile Rapid
Our 19th camp was at Granite Park, Mile 209, as we neared the Lower Granite Gorge
Evening light at Granite Park Camp, Mile 209
209 Mile Rapid
The hole at 209 Mile Rapid
The following 8 photos are of the sculpted and polished diorite, at Mile 212
Joe and Sara
Little Bastard Rapid, Mile 212
Sculpted Tapeats Sandstone, Mile 213
Sculpted Tapeats Sandstone, Mile 213
Pumpkin Springs, Mile 213
Pumpkin Springs, Mile 213
Buttresses, opposite Pumpkin Springs, Mile 213
Tapeats Sandstone pavement, Mile 213
Sculpted limestone boulder, atop the Tapeats, Mile 213
Polished Tapeats pavement, Mile 213
Lunch, at 214 Mile Camp
Lisle goes off the jumping rock at Mile 214
The mouth of Three Springs Canyon, Mile 216
A light-grey grano-diorite appears at riverside, heralding the beginning of the Lower Granite Gorge, Mile 216
Trail Canyon Riffle, Mile 219, with Upper 220 Mile Camp seen downstream
Scouting Granite Springs Rapid, Mile 221. A flood in August increased the difficulty of this rapid considerably.
Britt, scouting Granite Springs Rapid. Remember his clean white shirt, on Day 1? Well … he never took it off the entire trip, and look at it now. He burned it that night.
The raw-looking streambed of Granite Springs Canyon, Mile 221
Diamond Peak is seen straight ahead, Mile 222
Our last camp, #20, was at 222 Mile Canyon.
Mark, at 222 Mile Camp
Sitting around the fire on our last morning in the canyon, at 222 Mile Canyon
Sand verbena, at 222 Mile Camp
Diamond Peak, Mile 224
The orange balls strung on a cable tell you that the end is near!
We pulled in to Diamond Creek at 10 AM, right on time, . The Ceiba crew was waiting there for us, and it didn’t take terribly long to load the trailer. The drive up the newly-bulldozed “road”, which ascends the Diamond Creek streambed, was slow-going. Earlier in the summer, this route had been closed for two weeks, following a massive flood. And so we returned to civilization – what I call the unreal world. Here are the links to Parts #1 and #2.
Part #1: https://believesteve.org/2016/10/20/the-colorado-river-in-the-grand-canyon-fall-2016-1/
Part #2: https://believesteve.org/2016/10/24/the-colorado-river-in-the-grand-canyon-fall-2016-2/