Tuckup Canyon
The Canyon
Rank: #2 Canyon Depth: 3,360 ft.
Rim Elevation: 5,960 ft. Stream Elevation: 2,600 ft.
Vegetation: Semi-arid and desert Frequently Seen Animals: deer, snakes, bighorn sheep.
Hiking Season: Access open year round (NOTE: summer is toughest time to
hike in Park because of extreme heat compounded by lack of water).
The Trail
Name: Schmutz Spring Trail to Tuckup Trail Difficulty: Very Difficult
Length of Hike (r/t): 17.8 miles. Trail Elevation Change: 1,720 ft.
Trail Lowpoint: 4,000 ft.  Trail Highpoint: 5,720 ft.
Water: None  
Tips: No water at Toroweap Ranger Station.
Hiking Permit Needed: None Maximum Group Size: No restrictions for day hikes, but a Grand Canyon Backcountry Permit IS required to camp at the trailhead or in the canyon (in this case, maximum group size is 11)
Dogs Permitted: No Horses Permitted: No
Cross-Country Skiing Permitted: Mountain Bikes Permitted: No
Swimming: None  
Safety Tips: The trailhead is in a very remote and arid location that is difficult to reach. Make sure you have a working spare tire and jack in the car, several gallons of extra water, extra food, and a blanket in case your car breaks down.

For the hike, be prepared for anything and hike in a group. There is a steep scramble at one point on this trail that requires extreme caution. Also, the trail is extremely faint at times, described more as a “route” than a “trail” by some hikers (http://www.grandcanyontreks.org/tuckup.htm). It is essential to bring good USGS topo maps and compass, and know how to use them. Grand Canyon averages 400 search and rescues annually - the Park Service stresses the importance of educating the hiker/visitor before entering canyon.

The Drive
General Location: North Rim Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: In most cases, yes. However, during wet weather,
high-clearance four-wheel drive is best.
Nearest Town: Fredonia  
Directions: Drive South on Mount Trumbull Loop Rd. (off of HWY 389) about 7 miles west of Fredonia, AZ; follow signs to Toroweap Ranger Station; turn left at sign for *Schmutz Spring; trailhead is at end of road.  *NOTE:  As of November 2003, Schmutz Spring sign was missing - for this reason, trailhead is difficult to find.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Fern Glen, SB Point Office of Tourism Region: Grand Canyon Country
County: Coconino Managing Agency: Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Office (928) 638-7875.
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