The Lava Falls
This is another shot from my trip to Toroweap (on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon) last October. The dark–almost black–slope on the right side of the canyon is called The Lava Falls. It’s an ancient path of lava from an inactive volcano. There’s a hiking trail amidst the lava scree that leads all the way down to the Colorado River. Unless you’re an experienced hiker in very good health, trying to tackle this route would probably be a bad idea! It’s steeper than it looks, and it’s mostly very sharp pieces of sharp-edged lava. If you look closely (click on the pic for a larger view), you can see the Colorado River’s Lava Falls rapids at the bottom of the slope.