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great views, but extremely busy. We went early and were able to beat the crowds a bit. I'd recommend going at sunrise instead of sunset to avoid glares in photos.

Fantastic trail. There is a restroom at the bottom of trail and water from a spigot. Pick your clothes carefully. You will heat up a lot as you go back up. I hiked October and it was about 50 degrees during the daytime. It warmed up around 11am. I wore underwear, a t-shirt , thermals and thick hiking pants, plus a jacket. It was too much and generally I am cold. I would recommend underwear only, hiking socks, light weight hiking pants, a t-shirt or hiking shirt and a jacket. Take 1 liter of water for each person and that would be enough. My friends said they could be content with shirt and sweatshirt but I liked taking the jacket off as needed and extra warmth early in the morning and going down. We took about 2.5 hours for down and up. Bring a snack if you get hungry on hikes. My data device said I burned 1350 calories. Lots of people crossed the North Rim back to South and it was nice talking to them. The start of this trail is in the Grand Canyon Village very close to the Arizona Room Restaurant. There is parking nearby. On this trail there are no large animals, but we did see a squirrel. For shoes do not recommend boots. I recommend "approach shoes" with a wire band that ties around the ankle. All pros will know what this is but if you don't the last eyelets are connected to a wire inside the heal material. As you tighten down on the last eyelets it will lock the ankle and heal into the shoe and as your going down your foot will be prevented from sliding forwards. The purpose is to prevent your toes from getting injured and keep you seated properly. The soil is mostly firm so medium thickeness tread is enough.

I gone down 2 hours and 45 min., and up 3 hours and 27 min.
It was very hard but perfectly flow feeling.

I did this trail in reverse (Bright Angel to Kaibab). It took about 7 hours. I brought three liters of water and ran out with three miles to go. Not good! I'd bring four next time. You can probably get away with three going the opposite direction because there is a fill up station at the Indian Garden campground before the last uphill push to Bright Angel trailhead. The weather is beautiful in mid-October. The scenery is the most consistently spectacular of any hike I've done. Enjoy!

This my was dogs first hike! She loved it! She was climbing up the rocks and had the biggest smile on her face with her tongue out :) It was beautiful to watch the sunset. Super easy, but climbing the higher parts was fun!

Awesome Trail. Would have loved to hike further if we didn’t have time restraints. Took us about 2.5 hours. The way up was obviously a workout. It was snowing by the time we got back up. Saw a ram and a couple goats. It was also super foggy at the top, like no visibility. We contemplated not doing the hike but we got under the fog so it turned out okay.

6 days ago

It was beautiful! I loved it. It is on the Navajo land. You must go with a tour guide. In the past there have been deaths here due to flash flood. So I decided to go with a guide from Dixie tour. The guide Melaney was great and friendly. I highly recommend going there early to avoid the crowd. Book in advance and follow all the instructions. It cost me $50 but it was worth every penny. Don’t recommend it if you are claustrophobic.

Great views the whole way and a lot of wildlife out! Saw a ram and a few tarantulas in Mid October. Walk down was very easy and the hike back up was moderately difficult. There are two main stops for water and plenty of ledges for resting.

late 30s, Fat (280-6ft) out of shape, backpacked and hiked probably 10 years ago..

Easy going down.. Murder coming up. did this OCT 13th 2018. weather was great

We finished this hike on Oct 13, 2018. We have a group of 5 people from N2S and a group of 3 from S2N. We started from the north kaibab trailhead at 5 am and finished at bright angel trailhead at 5:30pm.
Downhill with a lot of people, a wall of headlights zigzagging, at a beautiful starry sky background. Detoured for ribbon falls, but did not went too close. Meet our friend around 10:30 and did a funny ‘car key exchange ceremony’. Arrived at phantom ranch at 11:10 am and took a 1.5-hour break, including sending postcard with ‘transfer by mule’ stamp. Arrived at Indian garden at 2:30 pm. The final 3 piece of 1.5mi were difficult as we felt really tired. Not very steep with a lot of switchbacks, but seams endless. Our three other friends arrived around 7pm, caught the heavy rain started around 6:30pm T^T. Our opposite direction S2N friends finished their hiking in just 10 hours!
The scenery along the trail were astonishing. Pushing ourselves to the limit was amazing too!

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail, hiked this on a foggy rainy day and saw only three people on the while trip. The aspens were beautiful, unfortunately the canyon was engulfed in fog but there are lots of overlooks that I’m sure are specular on a clear day.

Wife and I hiked South Kaibab down to the river, then back up via Bright Angel on Sat, 10/6. We definitely enjoyed the hike and lucked out having an overcast day and a little rain drizzle on the final 4 miles up Bright Angel. Here were our stats in case you are trying to do some planning for your own trip.

South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge - 42 min (we were stuck behind mules at the start of the hike and stopped to take off clothing layers)
Cedar Ridge to Skeleton Point - 30 min
Skeleton Point to Tip Off - 32 min
Tip Off to Silver Bridge - 1hr 3min
Silver Bridge to Indian Garden - 1hr 47min
Indian Garden to 3 Mile House - 39 min
3 Mile House to 1.5 Mile Rest House - 38 min
1.5 Mile Rest House to Bright Angel Trailhead - 40 min

Strava Stats
16.5mi - Distance
6:13:33 - Moving Time
7:17 - Elapsed Time
4,791ft - Elevation Gain
22:32/mi - Average Pace

Views at end are as good as anywhere, especially sunrises and sunsets.

Elevation gain really did take its toll on me on the way back up the trail - glad I had been acclimated in the general region for at least a couple of days. Even still: what an incredibly beautiful hike. I got on trail by 630am and really loved escaping the crowds. By the time I reached Cedar Ridge on my way back up there were a large number of hikers so I appreciated the pretty quiet time I had on Skeleton Point by myself. I was only really passing through the Grand Canyon for one night so will definitely be coming back to do this trail again and explore others.

So I will be sore for the next 2 days, being a novice hiker, but it was so very worth it. It is tempting to stop at the halfway point, Cedar Ridge, but keep going! You can do it! It took us 2 hrs to get down and 2.5 to get back up, all with plenty of stopping and a snack break.
The halfway point does have bathrooms! But no drinking water so bring ample. We started at 1pm and got to catch sunset back at the top at 6pm. The sunset isn’t impressive at first (compared to other places like Zion) but stay with it and after the sun goes down, the clouds reflect crazy cool colors and the sky turns into a gradient.
If you don’t think you can hike it, rent a mule!

Très impressionnant comme point de vue. Pas besoin de beaucoup de temps, se fait très bien.

Probably my favorite hike under 7 miles at the canyon. The views are incredible and there tend to be fewer people once you get past cedar ridge which is always full of tourists. Bring adequate water because there is NO water on this trail. Some sections can be slick so take your time and make sure you have steady footing.

Very touristy but if you’re okay with that then it’s breath taking... I understand why it’s filled with tourist because it’s easy to access off a main road, easy hike for the whole family, and beautiful views!

I would call it a walk than a hike, its too crowded and very touristy. It's nice but too crowded, got a feeling am in Niagara state park.

Hiked down North Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch and up Bright Angel on Oct 7th, 2018. I have hiked the GC before but this was my first time doing Rim to Rim. The entire hike had amazing views!!!The best hike so far! The hardest part is the last 5 plus miles out. I carried too much in my back pack (clothes) fearing rain that was in the forecast. We had hardly any rain leaving a heavy backpack. We had a group of 15 hikers and started in the dark at 5:30am. The first one out was at 1:20pm and the last two out was at 7pm. I got out at 3:20pm. Only stopped twice, once at Phantom Ranch for only 15 min and once at Indian Gardens for 10 min. I think if I rested a little longer and ate more I would have felt better coming out. For most of the hike I felt pretty good, but somewhat worn out for the climb out. I am 53 and plan do do it every year as long as I am able. It is a must do for every serious hiker!!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing view! Slight overcast but still could see everything! Be patient with the parking because it can be a mess but once you get to the top it’ll be worth it!

even in the rain it's worth the time

Was a great hike
Very crowded the first few miles but then the crowds thin out the deeper you go , around the 3 mile mark
I disagree with a lot of. Reviews here about it’s difficulty , I exercise but am by no means in great condition and found the hike relatively easy
Just enjoy you’re surroundings and take it all in , the miles will pass by before you know it !!
Enjoy

Lots of people very hot. make sure to bring water.

Great hike! The views are so breathtaking, we were smiling all along. We didn't find any difficulty in it, even the walk up was pretty smooth compared to other hikes we have done before, but we did some pretty tough ones and are hiking regularly. We did pass a few people coming up who were struggling. Hiking poles are definitely a great thing to have, especially to protect the knees on the way down. It took us just over 3 hours to complete the hike, stopping a lot for pictures on the way down and a little less on the way up.

I have hiked the canyon 5 times in 5 years. I’ve done this hike twice this year, one on May 18th, the other on Sep 29th. The weather was similar both times 80 day & 45 night. The second time we had a little less daylight to work with so carry a head light. It took a little longer the second time because waterlines were broken at the bottom and had to walk into Phantom Ranch to use restrooms and get water. One could carry a filter and water up in the streams but I wouldn’t recommend the Colorado River.
There is something about hiking this Canyon that is addicting. Being at the bottom and working your way up is taxing but the shear majesty of this work of art is beyond breathtaking. The challenge of the climb is also something to brag about.
I’m 67 & had a total knee replacement at 61, I will hike this trail until my body won’t let me.

My husband and I started at the North Kaibab trailhead at 7 am on Saturday Sept 30. We felt great the first 18 miles but the last five were brutal. We took about two hours worth of breaks along the trail and ended at Bright Angel Trailhead at 8 pm. I would say it’s essential that you take hiking poles, they honestly saved us. The views are incredible and it’s so interesting to see how the vegetation and rock formations change as you travel through the canyon. It’s rewarding to see how far you’ve come! Incredibly hard but beautiful day.

Definitely worth the extra half mile to check out Ribbon Falls!

Wow! amazing spot. We had an amazing Solo (!) 1.75 hours tour with Waterhole canyon experience. This slot canyon is intense and wildly preserved- much less touristic than the over crowded and rated antelope. Totally a must visit next time around.

hiking
20 days ago

Super easy with amazing views. We hiked a little further up too. a couple great shots from a slightly different hike.

walking
21 days ago

I have no words. Saw this last year. Look, pictures of this make their way to commercially- old calendars and windows screensavers. This is out of this world. We went in 2016 and were told that soon, they would start limiting access. So glad we can went. The guide was awesome and showed us the best ways to get stunning effects with your iphone. Honestly I would love to go back and see it in different lights. This is the one trip you will never forget.

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