May 30, 2017
As a North Rim Ranger I usually tell visitors to drive the 23 miles to the end of the Cape Royal Road first then work their way back, stopping at the multiple overlooks on the right side of the road for safety. Good advice, but I planned for sunset at Cape Royal so stopped at several of the viewpoints on the way instead.
Drove past the North Kaibab trail head where because the parking lot would have been full many vehicles park along the road. Lots of rim to rim hikers in the spring and some day hikers go down maybe a mile or two. Actually, only 1% of visitors get over the rim. Yet parking lots are small at the North Rim where only 10% of the six million visit Grand Canyon National Park.
Second stop, Greenland Lake which was surprisingly full of water.
The view at Walhalla overlook was still a bit hazy. But could still see the Colorado River at Unkar rapid and delta. Everybody’s favorite tree to pose by makes me nervous when I see people lean on it or sit on one of the very dead branches.