Shiva Saddle!   


October 20-24, 1995   Mike Mahanay

On October 20, 1995 under a warm, bright , blue sky, I pulled up to the new locked gate on the Tiyo Point road. The gate is less than a half a mile from the Point Sublime junction. My pack was very heavy with three gallons of water. I walked down the road for 35 minutes and then headed west through the forest. The Aspens were just past peak and everything was very dry. Soon I was at the rim overlooking Dragon Creek. Oh well, a bit too far north. I then turned and compassed south until I hit the rim overlooking Tiyo Point. By this time I was fairly scratched up and made camp for the night.

Early Saturday, I was off the rim and around to Shiva Saddle very easily. There is a trail the entire way, however I did manage to lose it a few times in bushes or where a slide covered it. Shiva Saddle had lots of good camps and several overhangs on the east side. There are big rocks that could collect water during a rain, but right now it was very dry.

I hastily set up a camp, then headed for Trinity with a daypack and three Litres of water. The route drops straight down off the narrow saddle on the east side till the last Supai member. At that point I contoured around south for half a mile or so till I could drop down to the top of the redwall; following the redwall south until the Trinity Saddle. The redwall break into Trinity must be one of the easiest there is. My goal was to continue down Trinity to connect with the tonto route that I had done years ago. It was hot! The sun was in my face the whole way down and I drank almost all my water before I started back up. There was also a lot of brush and tall grass to contend with. At the top of the redwall again I finished my water and hoped for the best back to camp. Coming to the Phantom redwall route I decided to see what was in the main drainage and how far I could go. Soon I was dry falled out, the actual route being the next arm south. But, I did find a nice couple of pools of water several inches deep with little animals swimming in them. I bent down and drank my fill like a dog! Delicious!!! Refreshed, I headed back to camp on the Shiva Saddle.

Sunday, I headed down the west side of the Shiva Saddle to Dragon. The route is steep but easy and fast and there is only one possibility. Before the sun even hit my forehead I was at Dragon Spring sipping that refreshing fluid. I made a quick run down to the confluence with Crystal to connect that line and then had a lunch at the Dragon Spring. Back up to Shiva Saddle was the opposite of the day before; a cool breeze was blowing, I was in the shade almost all the time, and I almost had too much water in my pack.

Monday morning was up and out to the rim. Due north for a while and then due east to the Tiyo Point road and back to the car. Typically for a North Rim route my shirt was ripped and I had an assortment of scratches, cuts, bruises, and thorns from the battle.


 

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