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For all hikers that want to do this in one day, here are some tips. Prepare months in advance for this hike. Run and hike and get your body used to being in hot conditions. Also, eat a lot of the right foods and the right amount. Don’t forget your sodium intake. Eating at Phantom Ranch is the worst possible thing you could do. Eat some salty snacks a couple miles before PR. Fill your water and go to the bathroom but that’s it. It is too hot there and will zap your energy. Eat lunch at the resting spot right before you turn away from the Colorado river. There is a stream you can soak in and eat in the shade. Most people have problems within the first couple miles heading up to Indian Gardens. It is steep, hot and no shade in this section. Drink plenty, you should be consuming 7-9 liters of water. Headlamps are good to take, just in case something happens and your in the canyon longer than expected. Cooling towels, rags are great to provide extra cooling. Check the nps.gov website to make sure water stations are working.

Road closures on Angels Creat Hwy so talked to a few friendly hikers and decided to do this trail Beautiful wildflowers (carpet of burnt orange in some areas), plant life, yuccas and amazing views. The moderate level trails going in turned into several steep climbs with lots of exposure and no shade so it was tough on the family and our

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

We started just before 7am as we wanted to avoid the heat. We ended up going counter-clockwise as we missed the HUGE stone arrows where you can take the trail left to go clockwise. Using the downloaded map was really helpful & stopped us going off trail twice. The road leading to the trail head was bumpy w occasional sandy parts. Nothing too complicated to navigate as long as I kept momentum. I have a Jeep Cherokee so no 4W drive. Would def do this trail again! Great fun.

my first hike 7/4/19... awesome

Moderate is a bit of an understatement! Definitely an amazing hike but be willing to do lots of rock scrambling and climbing up and down ladders in narrow passages. There was literally no one else out on the trail so it made the experience even more impressive. Hiking between the canyon walls provided great shade and impressive pictures. Views were spectacular from the ridge. Highly recommend this hike for those who are reasonably experienced. Oh and better to have a 4wd car - road to get to the trail heads is quite bumpy and we wound up scraping up our 2wd car a bit.

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bugs
no shade
scramble
8 days ago

bugs in the beginning sections. no shade later means no bugs. the third section when you are actually on strawberry peak is STEEP and a bit scrambley in some parts.

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no shade
over grown
rocky
8 days ago

My SUV made the drive no problem.. Awesome hike, a mini Grand Canyon in the desert!

Great day hike! Perfect weather conditions today, well marked trail, AllTrails always helps. Will definitely be camping here next time.

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rocky
washed out
9 days ago

Nice. varied grades. lots of rocks to navigate, which is tough on tired legs. only about 75% runable in my opinion. feels a lot like trails on big bear.

completed hike from tramway to san Jacinto peak, a 10 mile round trip Start time 9:00 am end time 6:30 pm. Did hike with Hiking with friends. Great hike amazing forest and scenery.

8/30/2019 12am start time Friday morning at the art museum - don’t recommend doing this hike in August. 91 degrees at 12am - First 10,834 summited peak I have ever done. - Solo start solo finish 9:06 am san Jacinto peak - 22.5 miles but got off trail twice(tram back down) - 6 hours of night hiking, off path but each path met back up with main trail, use gps! Skyline: cactus to the clouds - review AllTrails App One of the most exhilarating, challenging things I have done. 4L of water, 4 bananas(ate one each hour), coconut water also was perfect for cramping muscles.

Coming from an first time hiker, I was able to hike from the north rim to the south rim going up bright angel trail. It was very very hard - it took me 11 hours going down, taking breaks and soaking in the scenery and 9 hours going up. I was very sore the first day so I went to bed around 6 and stayed at Bright angel campground. Woke up and left the next morning around 7am (which was too late in my opinion) and thought I can get the 1:30 shuttle back to the N Rim. I had heat exhaustion and at the 1.5 mile rest stop, my body couldn’t move. I ended up taking an hr break before finishing. Now that I look back, I’m so glad I did it. Next time, I’ll make sure to bring electrolytes and more gum!

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bugs
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Cute trail. Nice view from the peak, although it is partially blocked by bushes.

only do it if you’re legit and want to. bring enough water and start well before sunrise. people die on this trail

My friend and I completed C2C on 9/3:2019. We started from the museum at 2 AM, reached Long Valley by 9 AM and San Jacinto peak at 12 PM. The GPS feature provided by All Trails Pro saved us much time locating the trail when we veered off… It had rained the night before. If you use a cell phone for navigation remember to take a portable charger. We kept a steady pace, breaking for breakfast and lunch. I totally agree with all reports of this being a difficult trek - it was at times relentless and grueling - but I’m so glad I did it!

Started at 2:50 a.m. 09/04/19 from the Art Museum, reached the ranger station just after 10, got to the summit at 1:20 (lost 30 minutes wandering off the trail), back to the tram station at 3:20. A bucket list hike for me at age 67 and I'm really glad I did it. A few notes: 1) This hike has two distinct sections with a completely different flavor. The first 10 miles & 8000 feet up to the ranger station/tram station is rough, rocky, hard to follow, solitary, and not real scenic. It has no water sources, so this is where people die. The 5 miles to the summit from the ranger station are a pleasant hike through nice, cooler woods, mostly an easy grade until near the summit, with many more hikers, mostly cheaters who rode the tram up to 8400 feet. 2) Navigation: I can't imagine doing this without the AllTrails Pro app or something similar. I checked it 10-15 times to find my way back to the trail in the first 10 miles--really easy to get off trail in the dark. About a mile after the ranger station, right after the stream crossing, I took literally the ranger's directions that now the stream would be on my right, so when the real trail headed away from the stream, I saw a faint trail along the stream and went that way--wrong! The trail in the first 10 miles is sometimes faint, but after the ranger station if you get on a faint trail, you're off the real trail! 3) Hydration: It was 89 degrees when I started, and unusually humid for Palm Springs. I carried 5L of water, left a 20 oz bottle at the upper Rescue Box, and had about a liter left at the ranger station, where I refilled. What makes this hike deadly is the complete absence of reliable water sources in the first 8000 feet of climbing. I would say this hike is about 70% as hard as a Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim--half the mileage of R2R2R but the same elevation gain, and all in one continuous push. Don't even think of trying this unless you've easily done hikes with 5000 feet of elevation gain.

Rewarding hike! The 360 view from the peak is fantastic.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Some pretty steep areas, but a lot of fun with fantastic views

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