Would a mid-October date be too late? October 13-15 is looking best.
I have two possible plans, both starting and ending at St. George:
1) A Three day trip:
* Overnight at the Fork between Twin Point and Kelly Point @ 36° 9'35.82"N, 113°35'30.65"W http://g.co/maps/wu8bx
* Morning @ Twin Point
* Overnight @ Kelly Point
* Back to St. George the 3rd day
2) A Two day trip:
* Overnight @ Kelly Point. Early start @ St. George will allow time to enjoy sunset.
* Back to St. George 2nd day. If leaving @ 10 am from Kelly Point, should be able to make it back to St. George within 8 hours.
Here are the unknowns/concerns, thus far:
* Outdoor night temperatures. Online weather data puts average highs in the 50's and lows at near freezing for that time of year at "North Rim" of the Grand Canyon. Does this seem accurate? If so, tent sleeping would require some serious coverage.
* Obstructions on road to Kelly Point. Do I need to take a Chain Saw? What other road clearing equipment do I need?
* Time to travel to Kelly Point. I've been able to find only one testimony online as to the drive time to Kelly Point from St. George.
http://www.desertusa.com/cgi-bin/mb/mes ... =88016.msg, retrieved on 2011/03/17.
The vehicle tank holds 20 gallons of gas. Can carry an additional 20 in jerry cans on the rear tire carrier and roof rack. I will also carry 20 gallons of water in jerry cans. Food, stove, fuel, tent, sleeping bags, blankets, outdoor toilet, etc.My wife and I traveled from St. George to Kelly Point yesterday. It was an 11 hour R/T with some stops for views and to cool off the auto trans in my YJ jeep.
What do you think? What will conditions be like that time of year? Is it possible to get to Kelly Point an hour before sunset if leaving St. George at 7 am?