I got up for sunrise in the Canyon and went to Grand View Overlook & Lookout Point. The sunrise itself wasn’t very exciting, but the colors in the canyon were constantly shifting as the sun rose. After breakfast we tagged along with a ranger and learned all about bear safety – good stuff to learn on day 10! We toured the whole north & south rims and walked down to all the viewpoints in the canyon – Uncle Tom’s Trail, Brink of the Upper Falls, Brink of the Lower Falls, and the bottom of Lookout Point. That was several miles of trails, and many, many steps down & up again. The rainbow from the bottom of Uncle Tom’s Trail was well worth the stairs, but all the dented stairs from falling rocks was a little disconcerting.
Before dinner I suggested we drive up to Dunraven Pass, just below Mt. Washburn. From the Mt Washburn trail, we saw many cars stopping on the road and I thought we might see some wildlife. A black bear was very cooperative, but most pictures were of its butt. We did get a couple of recognizable bear pictures. The sun was setting at the pass, but it wasn’t very interesting. Coming back down we drove through a stand of burnt pines with the setting sun behind it and that was very interesting!