Side Hikes in the Grand Canyon

Side hikes in the canyon are one of the highlights of any trip. Check out this gallery of some of the favorites from the expedition.

The leap from the cave at Elve’s Chasm. The water is surprisingly refreshing and clear, a fantastic break from the desert heat and muddy water of the Colorado River. Credit: James Q Martin The leap from the cave at Elve’s Chasm. The water is surprisingly refreshing and clear, a fantastic break from the desert heat and muddy water of the Colorado River. Credit: James Q Martin

 

Skyler stashed his boat for a swim in the frothy water just below the first falls on Havasu Creek. Credit: James Q Martin Skyler stashed his boat for a swim in the frothy water just below the first falls on Havasu Creek. Credit: James Q Martin

 

The team spent several hours climbing to higher and higher pools, until eventually being cliffed out. You can get higher but the going is pretty treacherous! Credit: Skyler Williams The team spent several hours climbing to higher and higher pools, until eventually being cliffed out. You can get higher but the going is pretty treacherous! Credit: Skyler Williams

 

[caption id="attachment_2417" align="alignnone" width="576"]The kayak team approaches the confluence of Havasu Creek. As the creek pours over Travertine formations in the canyon above the water becomes opaque blue colored by calcium carbonate.Credit: James Q Martin The kayak team approaches the confluence of Havasu Creek. As the creek pours over Travertine formations in the canyon above the water becomes opaque blue colored by calcium carbonate.
Credit: James Q Martin 

Matkatimiba Canyon carved deep by the creek that has trickled through for eons. It is amazing to feel how the force of water over time can cut straight through solid rock. Credit: James Q Martin

Matkatimiba Canyon carved deep by the creek that has trickled through for eons. It is amazing to feel how the force of water over time can cut straight through solid rock. Credit: James Q Martin[/caption]