double clickLava Cliff Rapids - Once One of the Most Formidable Rapids in the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
3 Day Expedition

Mile 246 - Lava Cliff Rapids

Considered to be one of the most formidable rapids in Grand Canyon, Lava Cliff or Bold Escarpment as it was often called, succumbed to the rising waters of Lake Mead in the late 1930s. Early river-runners, such as the Stone Expedition in 1909 and the Kolb Expedition in 1912 portaged Lava Cliff. Haldane “Buzz” Holmstrom, on a solo run of the canyon’s of the Green and Colorado from Wyoming to Hoover Dam, ran Lava Cliff in a homemade wooden boat in 1937.

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The upper Grand Canyon, as traveled by Western's 6 or 7 day expedition begins at Lees Ferry (mile 0) and finishes at Whitmore Wash (mile 188)

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