[quote="Gigaflare"]Hi, new to this forum but have spent a lot of time reading a lot of your posts and am glad to find so many good and knowledgeable people!
I'm hoping to get some ideas about some trails or locations to hike to at either of these two places. I'm hoping to do a 2 night trip with 2 or three other friends in May or June but I have been doing a lot of research to try to find some LESSER traveled, moderate to strenuous trails. I'm hoping to do some hiking where we can avoid accidentally stepping on horse poop or hiking alongside other people....
Hello There !
I was hot, pardon the pun, to visit and hike in the Grand Canyon, too.
Then, I read a book of case studies on all the people (known) to have died in the G.C. which was
written by a Government US Forrest Service Ranger who worked the area. To my surprise, the G.C.
is literally deadly. More people get into trouble there than I ever knew. Many people who got into
trouble have never been found. Others are found years and years later. Some are found but not
identified. The desert heat and terrain (cliffs) and snow and flash floods and the river itself KILL people there.
Before you plan any further, I suggest you learn from this book like I did. Learn from the mistakes of others.
By the time you finish reading it, you will be well informed as to what NOT to do while there. By reading how
other people died, you will bypass much of the opinions that you might otherwise get and see actual
risks that killed hikers and boaters.
"Over the Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon."
by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers.
They also have a companion book of the same exact content but on Yosemite Park titled, yes, "Death in Yosemite."
That books details all the (known) deaths in the park from suicides, falls, drownings, murders, etc.
By the way, I'm interested in exploring Joshua Tree National Park this spring. If you're interested in a hiking partner,
let me know. We have common goals. I don't know that new members can contact one another without first establishing a lot of posts... but try to find a way through the board host, etc.