|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).
|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.|
|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|
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.
|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.|
|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.|