One of the hardest things about hiking the South Bass Trail is reaching the
trailhead. Be sure you have
directions for getting to the trailhead
before starting out. Forest Road # 328 is fairly easy driving until you
reach the Havasupai Tribal check station. After that the condition of the
road deteriorates rapidly and is extremely rough and rutted. This section
of the road may be impassable if it is wet or snowy.
The trail begins a gradual
descent to the east for a half-mile or so before turning back to the north.
There are some Indian ruins off to the east of the trail at this point. At
about the 1.5 mile point, the trail levels off and reaches a cairn and the Royal
Arch Trail junction. The South Bass continues straight ahead across the
Esplanade and is almost flat for another mile. Then the trail makes a
right turn back to the south and continues its gradual descent for another
half-mile. At this point, the trail turns left back to the north and
continues its descent almost straight ahead until reaching the Tonto Trail
junction at the five-mile point where there are some nice campsites. Turn
left or right here for the Tonto or continue straight ahead for almost another
three miles to reach Bass Rapids.
The South Bass Trail is one
of the easiest non-Corridor trails into the Canyon that I have done with
moderate descents and only five miles to the Tonto Trail junction.
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