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Cottonwood Creek

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1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 13' 4 m
Descent: -1,224' -373 m
High: 4,893' 1,491 m
Low: 3,682' 1,122 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

A route from Horseshoe Mesa to East Tonto Trail can be extended with canyoneering to the Colorado R.

Megan W

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Description

This infrequently utilized trail is another way to connect the Horseshoe Mesa Area to the East Tonto trail. From the approximate mid-point of the Grandview Trail, near the Horseshoe Mesa campsites, head west and downhill through several switchbacks. This descent off the mesa has two very steep sections before reaching Cottonwood Creek itself. Here there is more vegetation and some shade. After crossing the wash, the trail stays on the western bank of the creek on a more gentle gradient until intersecting with the East Tonto where Tonto crosses Cottonwood Creek.

There are reports of hikers continuing the rest of the way down to the Colorado River following the Cottonwood Creek drainage, but this is ONLY for people with canyoneering skills and equipment. There are 3 dropoffs that must be bypassed involving steep scrambles on loose rock above exposed cliffsides.

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Apr 11, 2019
Chris McCloud
Done as part of Bright Angel-Tonto-Grandview backpacking route.
Apr 10, 2019
Chris McCloud
Done as part of three day trip from Bright Angel to Grandview Point on the BA, Tonto, Cottonwood Creek, and Grandview Trails
Apr 8, 2019
Lindsey S

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#25

in South Rim

#31405

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#1,058

in Arizona

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Looking towards Cottonwood Creek (photo by Erik Cleves Kristensen)
Jul 8, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
View from Cottonwood Creek (photo by Erik Cleves Kristensen)
Jul 8, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
Ruins
Oct 17, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ
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Oct 17, 2015 near Grand C…, AZ

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