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Cathedral Wash - Grand Canyon National Park

Summary: The shortest of the Marble Canyon tributaries. This hike involves a short walk with a little climbing through a nice canyon to the Colorado River.
Directions: From Highway 89A drive to the west side of the Navajo Bridge. Turn north and head towards Lee's Ferry. After 2 miles look for the pull out on the left (north) side of the road with a small interpretive sign for the 'Eroding Cliffs'. If you reach the balanced rocks on the left side of the road you have gone too far. Park in the pull out next to the 'Eroding Cliffs' sign.
Road Conditions: Passenger Car - paved all the way
Navigation: Easy 
Length: 1-3 hours
Date Hiked: September, 2002
Weather Conditions: Hot and windy with blowing sand
Required Skills:
Hike Description: From the car pull out. Walk across the road and down a short distance to the concrete bridge. Walk down next to the corrugated drain pipe into the canyon bottom past a sign the reads: "All areas below the rim are administered by Grand Canyon National Park. Permit required for overnight use, firearms, ground fires and pets are prohibited." It's easy walking as to head down canyon. Shortly the canyon begins to deepen and after about 15 minutes you'll reach a drop off. This can be bypassed by climbing down on the right with a little exposure. Shortly below the canyon narrows nicely and you'll reach another drop, which can be easily bypassed by climbing around on the right. The next drop off is easily negotiated by following a shelf on the left (and possibly the right as well, though the left side is easier). Below this short section of narrows the canyon widens and before long you hear then see the Colorado River. When ready, return the way you came.
Rating (1-5 stars):
Short and sweet with nice narrows and good opportunities for photos. The author completed this hike at a brisk pace in 1.25 hours.
Maps: Trails Illustrated - Grand Canyon National Park
Books:  None
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Upper Cathedral Wash. The narrows.
A few more nice photos.