Nothing’s easy on the Bright Angel. Weary pilgrims re-routed this passage across Garden Creek but you can’t actually avoid the rocks on this trail. They served to remind me of my rickety ankles and shin splints courtesy of The Kaibab. This truly is, no country for old men.
We were hustling with determination up to Indian Garden. Our mission was to make the South Rim that night, no matter what. What we didn’t know at the time — at least I didn’t know — an ice storm was barreling down out of the Rockies taking dead aim. Our adventures at Indian Garden would throw everything out of kilter for the rest of the hike. But you’ll have to read about that, in the book.
Rock biosphere on the Bright Angel Trail… Garden Creek winds it way through it heading for the Colorado far below.
Garden Creek Falls on the Bright Angel Trail below Indian Garden