by Ben the Grate
August 28, 2002
The South Bass trailhead is 29 miles along dirt roads from the Grand Canyon Village, and takes 2 hours to negotiate. Backcountry rangers can give you directions.
This trek is very complicated and challenging. The route requires 1 rappell, so you must have a rope, harness, and descender with you. You must consult with park personnel, who will be invaluable on helping you plan a route.
This said, quite a few people have accomplished the trek, and I've seen photos of portly ladies who have made the trip. Preparation, stamina, and a good attitude go very far.
Elves' Chasm is a narrow canyon filled with waterfalls and swimming holes. Steep climbs up and around each waterfall lead to more waterfalls and more swimming holes. It is truly a magical place.
For more detailed descriptions of the trek, visit the following links:
From journal Secret Hikes in the Grand Canyon