Nankoweap Granaries

Nankoweap Granaries

Nankoweap Granaries

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The Nankoweap Trail is considered the hardest of all the named trails in the Grand Canyon, with a vertical drop just shy of 6000′ and an almost year round lack of water it is not to be taken lightly. I’ve hiked this 22 mile trail twice, both times from the trailhead on the north rim. Trail descriptions suggest this is a mostly waterless trail, that was certainly my experience. The trail is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. The majority of hikers take two days to complete the journey, spending the night on the way down at either Marion Point or Tilted Mesa; to do so requires carrying plenty of extra water.

My biggest fear was leaving my car overnight in a remote area, therefore I would hike down and back out in a single day. I took this image in the blue hour. The ruins are reconstructed so I felt it was justifiable to illuminate them with candles.

I was fortunate to capture the last light from a setting sun on a cumulonimbus cloud. My return was made under headlamp in the dark but cooler hours.

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