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National park tips: At the Grand Canyon in winter, try these for traction

National park tips: At the Grand Canyon in winter, try these for traction
With snow and ice still abundant on a March day at the Grand Canyon's South Kaibab Trail, this sneaker-wearing hiker may be wishing he'd slipped on a pair of crampons for traction. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

If you visit Grand Canyon National Park in winter, expect snow and ice on the south rim. And even if you're only walking a mile or two down the trail, you'll need traction.

If you haven't got your own crampons, spend $20 for a pair (available in park stores) to help your hiking boots grip the icy ground.

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In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

See travel videos by Reynolds from around the world.

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