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Did this 4 or 5 years ago and can't wait to go back

My daughter and I hiked this amazing trail on May 22! We started at 5:45am and made it to the Colorado River at 11am. The restrooms and campground were essential in our success. We mentally broke the hike up into multiple subsections utilizing these manmade rest areas. The hike to the river was a joy! This was our first time in the Canyon and wow! I was living on adrenaline! We spent about an hour at the river watching the rafters, eating lunch and wading in the ice cold water. The work began after lunch on the hike out. We paced ourselves but the hike back to the campground was very hot! If you are not in excellent physical shape do not try this rim to river to rim one day hike. Once we made it to the campground, we rested for about 45 minutes reclining on the benches in the shade. The hike from this point to the rim became a physical and mental challenge. Luckily the clouds helped. Where my daughter and I talked a lot to this point we internalized the challenge and really focused on the climb out. At this point you see all the day hikers starting at the 3 mile restroom and then see a lot of people from the 1.5 miler to the rim. The last four miles were very difficult. When we took the last step to the rim we had accomplished something very special. A glorious day in the wild that I will never forget and will always cherish! The total time on the hike was 11.25 hours.

trail running
4 days ago

I've lived in Flagstaff nearly my entire life and hadn't ever hiked KP. Due to recent forest closure, it was one of the only options. Loved the trail. It is well maintained and easy to follow. Great view at the top. Did it early in the morning and was never hit by the sun until the very top. Only a handful of people on the trail which surprised me because it was 4th of July. The trailhead was easy to find if even though it is 30-40 minute drive from town.

One of my favorites!
2 things you need to know.
1- it's rough driving to get there, but the road from Roosevelt lake is much smoother and shorter than the one closer to Phoenix. you need clearance, 4 wd isn't necessary but helpful
2- the last run is very steep and dangerous, careless hikers above you may drop rocks and people die from falls. but it's very very doable. just be aware.

additionally, I know I would get grief for this, but I hike off trail to get down. on your decent, before you get to the steep drop, I turn down toward the parking lot. it's loose dirt in some areas and I would guess if there's leaves on the trees you might lose your bearings. but it was an excellent decision for us as we were running out of sunlight, we beat others down while had left the summit 30 minutes before us.

7th July 18, Rim to river and back. Started at 6am, should've been earlier, maybe 4 or 5 purely because of the heat we experienced once we got to the bottom and started out ascent. There were toilet and water spots every few miles down which are live savers. Took us 3 hours to get down and we were quicker than most. Took us 6 hours back up, plenty of rest and ego at the door. Incredibly beautiful.

This was our first hike on our first visit to the Grand Canyon. We intended to hike to Indian Garden but we got a late start and it was incredibly hot so we only hiked to the 3 mile station. The views were spectacular along the way. Take a lot of water, start really early and take your time on the ascent.

Great hike, beautiful views. hike back up challenging, many spots to rest in shade. Bring adequate water. Trail is well maintained, no issues.

just make sure to start early! gets so hot in the summer.

Beautiful. Hard. Do it. You won’t regret it.
Know that it’s 13.2 miles, not 10.

Lucked out on cloudy weather in the middle of summer. Came down Bright Angel Trail at 6pm and managed to get to Bright Angel Campgrounds around 11pm to stay the night.
Started hiking back up at 6am with an awesome overcast and slight drizzle. Kept a good pace until Indian Gardens...then the climb began. Great views as I climbed higher and getting a clear view from where I started that morning.
So glad about the change in weather, especially when it was in the 100's in Phantom Ranch a day before.

made it to the mile 3 rest stop and turned around(with our 30 lb daughter in a backpack carrier). went in the worst time to go so it was super hot still awesome though. Definitely a good idea to start the trip early morning if you want to do the whole thing. going to try again another time but camp at the bottom next time!

Hiked it during the day and then again 6 hours later to catch the eclipse a few months ago. If you get towards the top late in the day to see the sun start to set the view is best around Phoenix IMO

Amazing hike, did not go to plateau point - so next time! Hiked June 7th. 8:00 am start / too late for heat, next time will do a 5-6 am start. bring two trekking poles, hydro pack 2-3 liters and give yourself time at Indian Garden to eat and digest (min 30-45 min) before hiking back in the heat, lesson learned!

Great way to explore the Grand Canyon. Some of the best views I've had while hiking. Bring a lot of water and plan for a time consuming hike as scaling the switchbacks back up to South rim after making your way out to Plateau Point can be pretty strenuous.

skiing
1 month ago

This is the worst trail I’ve ever hiked. If you like crowds of ppl every 5 minutes this is the trail for you. If you like solitude definitely go somewhere else!

Slippery! Nike’s were no dice. Did this with a 10yr old that did great. Saw lots of thru hikers from the north rim, we will go all the way down next time!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike.

Did this right after Thanksgiving and there was much less people. It was perfect weather for the hike. Disappointed that we couldn't make it to the bridge but we weren't ready for an all day hike.
want to do the rim to rim next time I go.

We did this hike in early February and it was simply incredible. The best hike I’ve ever done. We went down to the river, had lunch for about 30 minutes and went back up. In total it took 8 hours. I brought hiking poles for the climb back up and thank goodness because obviously it’s just climbing up up up the entire way. The last three-four miles towards the top is the hardest because of how steep the incline is and how many short nature hikers there are that are all over the place. The hottest part of the hike was at the bottom, even in Feb. I don’t know about doing this hike in summer unless you have been training in some serious heat.

Enjoyed this trail!

The views are indeed grand. Five stars for accurate trail naming.

hiking
1 month ago

Bring water. The streams were all dried up.

This is a beautiful yet challenging hike. Bellows Spring (2/3 up was flowing in case you didn't bring enough water). Start early. I did it in 7.5 hours.

Chose this as our one true hike at the Grand Canyon. I don’t regret my decision.

The way down Bright Angel is a breeze. Awesome views during that descent. Coming into Indian Garden is cool too. After Indian Garden the Plateau Point Trail is very exposed and is much hotter than the rest of the trail. Stick with it though and you’ll have great views of the Colorado River. On the way back, it’s cool to see Indian Garden sticking out compared to the rest of the canyon. We stopped there and soaked our feet in the water. The trek up Bright Angel is brutal. I’m in pretty good shape and it was tough. I’ve hiked a lot of trails with similar elevation gain but this one seemed like one of the tougher ones. The sun takes it out of you, and the dusty air seemed to mess with me a bit.


This trail was totally worth it. Bring lots of sunscreen, water, snacks (a solid meal probably), and make sure you’re acclimated properly before hopping. While there are water stations along the trail, I wouldn’t depend on them!

Great hike with great views.

Hiked the trail down on 4/23. Amazing views every step I took. I would recommend the hike, but make sure you have plenty of water and you're sure-footed!

great trail. all day affair for me. 3l of water worked. shaded most of the way.

May 19 2018. Not too hot yet. About 90 degrees at the end of the plateau.
A must see. The river view like none other. You can hear the rapids. Indian Gardens was like something out of a dream. So calm and serene. Nice stream running through.
It took us about 8 1/2 hours to do the round trip. Took lots of photos on the way down. Water available every 1.5 miles. The last 3 miles up were the killer.
This trail is used by the mules so be prepared for flies and stuff on the trail.
great day hike!!!!

It was an all day affair to do the hike up and back, but very worth it. Some woodsy area trail at first, then rocky and winding. Elevation is at about 9,400 ft.+

Incredible. Be ready for a grueling climb back to the top of Bright Angel Trail.

So, so sweet. Easier than Kaibab, but you get amazing views of the Colorado River.

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