Bright Angel Trail to Three-Mile Resthouse is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, AZ that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
From Grand Canyon village take the Bright Angel trail down to the resthouse.
In November this hike is so much easier than in summer. I'm 70 years old and hike only 3 times a week, 3 miles per hike in 1 hour, typically; and I hiked to the 1-1/2 Mile point and back easily in 2-1/2 hours. It was beautiful and cold, under a clear blue sky.
Great little hike, get out early to avoid lots of foot traffic. Easy on the way down, but can get a little difficult on the way up. Just enjoy the views and keep walking!
Tons of traffic, but the views were wonderful.
Beautiful views! Can't wait to do it again next year. Take PLENTY of water and snacks refill your water every time you can. Drink more than you think you need. Also, the way down seems like cake and you're wondering why everyone looks miserable walking back up... It's tough! We want to camp out next year.
Seriously, it doesn't get better. I think personally there's something I don't like about out and back trails, but this just blew us away.
Regarding difficulty, we started at 9am with my 3 month pregnant fiancée, and felt great once back at the top: trick is lots of water, apples and stop in the shade on the way back up!
This is a great introduction to the canyon for those with limited ability that want to get below the rim. It is not to much for kids. Yet, it is still quite a climb back out.
Busy but beautiful. Becomes really hot the further you descend. There is some exposure to injury or death so if you bring kids keep a close eye out where there are cliffs next to the trail. Take a ton of water. There is water along the way but it may not always be running. There are also, emergency call boxes along the way.
The trail was insanely busy to the 1.5 mile rest stop then thinned out. Only went this far because of severe heat warnings. Great hike and views. So many people unprepared hiking in sandals and no water.
We did it as far as the tunnel just to get a feel for hiking in the canyon.
Great trail with beautiful views the entire time. Definitely glad we only went a mile and a half down or so, as the hike back up was steep and pretty exhausting. Took us about 45 minutes down and an hour and a half back up. Tough but highly recommended for a great GC hike.
Quick easy review: Steep switch backs forever. But it has a nice view the entire time.