October 3, 2014-Side Hikes in the Grand Canyon

Side hikes in the canyon are one of the highlights of any trip. Check out this gallery of some of the favorites from the expedition.

Matkatimiba Canyon carved deep by the creek that has trickled through for eons. It is amazing to feel how the force of water over time can cut straight through solid rock. Credit: James Q Martin

Matkatimiba Canyon carved deep by the creek that has trickled through for eons. It is amazing to feel how the force of water over time can cut straight through solid rock. Credit: James Q Martin

 

 

 

 

The leap from the cave at Elve’s Chasm. The water is surprisingly refreshing and clear, a fantastic break from the desert heat and muddy water of the Colorado River. Credit: James Q Martin

Skyler stashed his boat for a swim in the frothy water just below the first falls on Havasu Creek. Credit: James Q Martin

Skyler stashed his boat for a swim in the frothy water just below the first falls on Havasu Creek. Credit: James Q Martin

The team spent several hours climbing to higher and higher pools, until eventually being cliffed out. You can get higher but the going is pretty treacherous!  Credit: Skyler Williams

The team spent several hours climbing to higher and higher pools, until eventually being cliffed out. You can get higher but the going is pretty treacherous! Credit: Skyler Williams

The kayak team approaches the confluence of Havasu Creek. As the creek pours over Travertine formations in the canyon above the water becomes opaque blue colored by calcium carbonate. Credit: James Q Martin

The kayak team approaches the confluence of Havasu Creek. As the creek pours over Travertine formations in the canyon above the water becomes opaque blue colored by calcium carbonate.
Credit: James Q Martin