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Grand Canyon National Park pretty much speaks for itself; anyone who has been there will know this. For those yet to go, the Grand Canyon will consistently make your jaw drop even for seasoned veterans of the park. It is no wonder it is one of the country's most popular National Parks. With limited time, you can drive along the rim (Most people visit the South Rim, as it is more accessible from many other destinations and has more of the park's highlights). If you are feeling the need to get some exercise, walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking one of the man free shuttles back to the lodge or the restaurant overlooking the vast canyon. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel trail. DO NOT attempt a trip to the bottom and back in 1 day. Temperatures at the bottom can reach 110 degrees in the middle of the day, many people suffer from dehydration and heat stroke due to the dry climate. If attempting this (at least 2-day) hike, start very early in the morning to avoid the heat (do not hike between 10 and 2); By starting very early, you also get the added bonus of seeing the sunrise over the canyon walls, which will bring out some of the reddest rock you have ever seen. With more time to spare, there are several Native American reservations with tourist information, as well as several museums and ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today.
We were there in June. Make sure to bring lots of water(nowhere to replenish on the trail) and salty snacks. The view is steeper and better than bright angle trail. Plan your hike accordingly, as it would take almost 3 times the strength to come back up.
A decent hike, very trafficked and when we went (January) it was icy at the top and muddy near the 1.5 mile house. The best part of the hike was past the 3 mile rest house so if you're going to do this hike keep going past Indian garden until the lookout!!!! (The hard part is already behind you)
Wasn't sure I would be up for hiking, and we didn't plan too well as far as snacks go. Went to see the Grand Canyon for the first time (AZ native- embarassing I know) and just had to hike some of it. With my 18 pound daughter on my back, and my 3 yr old on my husband's back part of the time we made the treck down and up. I don't recall how long it took us, maybe an 1-1.5 hrs. I'm pumped to go back for more! So beautiful. It was cloudy, and sprinkled on us occasionally. Couldn't have asked for better weather.
Hiked with my wife and 2 year old daughter who was on my back. Left at 6AM on a clear August day which made it very cool temperature was. Became more crowded as we descended. Some nervous edges for my wife but doable. Be cautioned that what you walk down, you must eventually walk back up.
In a park like the Grand Canyon, I have to give this hidden gem 5 stars simply for the lack of crowd. To clarify, my family of 4 had the trail and the over look to ourselves! The trail was short and flat enough that my daughter and wife(not seasoned hikers) had an enjoyable stroll through the snowy woods. I would recommend to those just wanting a little solitude without the usual effort required and certainly family friendly!
My second one day rim to rim was even better than the first. I left the north rim at 4:30 and arrived at the south rim 11-1/2 hours later with a big grin on my face. The North Kaibab Trail is my favorite part of this trip. You get real solitude (I usually solo hike) while sharing the trail with typically occasional couples. You can only appreciate the size and magnificence of the Grand Canyon when you hike to the river. This was a retirement gift to myself. The first time was in August when it topped out at 117 degrees. This time it was a comfortable 94 at the hottest. Swore that I would never do this again but upon reflection, perhaps a 70th birthday trip with a partner???
A group of us did this trail in one day, started at 7AM and finished about 5PM. The views are breathtaking all the way through the trail. This trail is a must do if you are at the grand canyon. P.S only attempt this in 1 day if you have good endurance.