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Tonto Trail: S Kaibab - Hermits Rapid

Trip Date: December 28, 2012-January 1, 2013
Miles:  45
Vertical: 7,000'
Start/Finish: South Kaibab Trailhead
Season: Late September-May, the summer months can be extremely hot and are not recommended
Permit: Yes, walk-in permits easily obtained during the winter months.  More info found here.
Why Go?  Winter is a great time to visit the Grand.  Although temperatures on the Rim can be down right frigid, the inner canyon remains comfortable and if lucky highs will flirt with the mid 50's.  

Trails are often snow covered/icy the first mile or two below the rim during the winter months (December-April), traction is recommended 

A fresh dusting of snow blankets the Tonto plateau and the adjacent Vishnu Temple