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Beamer Trail

  • View from the Beamer Trail
  • Beamer trail is not for the faint of heart
  • What a beautiful blue river

Highlights:

 
  • This wilderness trail begins at the base of the Tanner Trail off of Grand Canyon's South Rim.
  • It leads to the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers.
  • The hike is challenging with some exposed sections and requires a multi-day trip to complete. 

Beamer Trail

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The Beamer Trail is named for Ben Beamer who, in the 1890s, lived and attempted to farm near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers. This trail is reached by hiking the Tanner Trail from Lipan Point down to the Colorado River. From the river, the Beamer trail heads up canyon, contouring in and out of drainages to its terminus in about 10 miles at the Little Colorado. Most hikers opt to camp at Tanner Rapids before making the trek on Beamer Trail. Alternatively, there are campsites at Lava Canyon Rapids about 3 miles in. 

From Tanner Rapids, the trail stays just above the river to Palisades Creek. From here, it is necessary to ascend to the Tapeats Cliffs and continue on a narrow and sometimes exposed section of trail. This part is not for those who are bothered by heights and steep drops. The trail continues to contour until it reaches the Little Colorado. Of note is an area between Chuar and Temple Buttes and across on the north side of the river. This is known as Crash Canyon where in 1956, a United Airlines jet collided with a TWA flight killing all on board. The crash was the impetus for creating the Federal Aviation Administration. 
 
The end of the trail descends to a beach at the confluence of the Little Colorado. Camping is not allowed within a quarter mile of the mouth of this river. Be sure to obtain permits for this hike well in advance and get updated informatin on trail conditions, water sources and camping locations. This is a wilderness location and it is important that hikers be will prepared with all equipment necessary for the hike.


 

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