This is a favorite stomping grounds for me on my regular commutes between Denver and Prescott. Next week I am going for a stomp down either the Lower Grand Gulch from Collins Spring, Slick Horn Canyon to the San Juan, or the Owl Creek/ Fish Creek loop...
Since there seems to be a great lack of information on trail running on the Grand Gulch Plateau, it's likely to be FKT worthy. If anyone has information on this region I would greatly appreciate it!
Lower Grand Gulch - Collins Spring to the San Juan River. ~32.1 miles, ~+7,301', 8h 7m elapsed time.
Mission accomplished! Though not a perfect effort. I got lost twice (as seen on Strava). I didn't drink nearly enough water. The route through the canyon is vague to non-existent. Quicksand, cactus, crypto, strong winds, constant route finding, and when I started it was 35 degrees but when I finished it was 85 degrees.
In my opinion, this was one helluva effort. If I could hope for one outcome from this experience it's that someone else takes on the Lower Grand Gulch. It's a true southwest challenge. Not for the faint of heart or unprepared.