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|North Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park
Over its 277 river miles (446km) length, much of the 18 miles
(29km) width of the Grand Canyon is formed by side branches
consisting of hundreds of tributaries.
Many side canyons are of impressive size in
thmeselves, offering many multi-day hiking
routes. Others are more narrow with the typical
slot-canyon features of pools,
chokestones, waterfalls and deep water-carved
channels. These are often close to the Colorado
River and not easily accessible by overland hiking.
One of the pleasures of a river rafting trip down the Grand Canyon is the possibility to visit those intimate side canyons. The first hike on our trip was at North Canyon (river mile 20). After hiking 45 minutes, we reached this reflection pool at the base of a sculpted spillway.