Five Quail Books

Hiker Almanac

After decades of hiking, I still conduct extensive research when planning my next backpacking trip. After selecting a location, the date needs to be chosen. But that is only done after looking at sunrise, sunset, moon phase, meteor calendar, weather forecasts and historical temperatures. All that information is now readily available on the internet, but scattered. So, I've come up with this little almanac to help me plan my next trip, putting it on our domain so that it is easily accessible for me and others. Happy hiking.

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According to John Annerino (photographer and author of Hiking The Grand Canyon, A Sierra Club Totebook): The following list has been compiled in sequential order—from easiest to most difficult—and has been included as a planning aid for those who want to increase their backcountry experience in increments, rather than in leaps and bounds:
1. Bright Angel
2. South Kaibab
3. Hermit
4. Grandview (Horseshoe Mesa loop)
5. South Bass
6. Tanner
7. Boucher
8. New Hance

How and When to Apply
Backcountry Permit Request
Backcountry Use Areas

Sun and Sky provides length of day, moon phase, sunrise and sunset. has a meteor shower calendar which is helpful especially if you are locked into dates without a full moon.

Weather give your extended forecasts and historical temperature graphs for any month and year. has average temperatures and precipitation for the Grand Canyon area.

The NPS website also provides:

    Trail Closures and Updates 

    GC Weather and Road Conditions forecast provides interactive maps to pinpoint weather forecasts below the rim and off the grid: