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Going down was much easier than climbing up but what the heck? Awesome views

1 day ago

An easy walk with stunning views the whole way! We walked from the visitors center to Canyon Village, then also walked another mile or so between two of the lookout points on the Red Line, which was much quieter and had even better views. This is a great trail with lots of interesting geology and history along the way.

Lovely walk through the trees on a well-worn path to stunning views of the canyon. Be sure to follow the app, as the trail isn’t listed on the maps given out at the Grand Canyon lodges. This makes it less crowded and a great find!

Easy leading up to the rocks. The rocks at the end are awesome to climb on!

Not really a hike but absolutely worth the views

Started the hike around 5pm knowing the sun was setting a bit before 6pm and saw only 2 other people on the trail. Beautiful and short hike (even with ~10 minutes at ooh ah point it took us under an hour moving fairly quickly) and was a great introduction to the canyon. However, it was very cold - especially after we stopped moving and were waiting for the bus. Great, manageable switchbacks and well-maintained trail.

Great views and still a good challenge.

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7 days ago

Short, but the end rock outcrop is amazing to climb on

Easy trail, almost no one there and absolutely stunning, unobstructed views of the canyon.

Amazing views the entire hike! Lots of work getting back out of the canyon but it was worth it!

Amazing hike! It took close to 3 hours, but I made a lot of stops to take pictures. Take some time to relax and enjoy the view at cedar ridge. It’s not a difficult hike if you’re into hiking. The last bit can be a bit tiring if you’re not accustomed to hiking since it’s steep! Beautiful hike. I had one day in Grand Canyon and hats the one I chose to do, and I’m happy with my selection :)

Awesome opening hike.

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17 days ago

Don’t forget to breathe! ;)

Breathtaking.

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19 days ago

This is, hands down, one of the most magnificent places to watch sunset ... PERIOD. My friend and I did this short little jaunt over to Shoshone Point on 10/14, and it was truly unforgettable!

First off, make sure you know where the trailhead starts (follow the directions on the All Trails app) because there is no sign indicating the beginning of the trail other than a small parking lot leading to a closed-off road. The “hike” itself is just a short mile walk through the trees to the viewpoint. We saw multiple deer grazing on our walk as well, which just added to the majesty of it all.

Upon arriving at the viewpoint, we shared the sunset with just 6 other people, and it was incredible! It was also incredibly cold, as the wind chill brought the temperature to well below freezing (20 degrees). Despite the chill, we found refuge under a small rock ledge and huddled together for warmth as we watched the afterglow of this truly breathtaking event.

I would absolutely return to this spot for another sunset, or perhaps even a sunrise. As previous reviews mentioned, this may be the best kept secret in the whole Grand Canyon!

My friend and I did this hike on the afternoon of 10/14. It says it takes the average hiker about 4 - 6 hours to complete this out-and-back trek, but we did it in three hours flat.

It was a very nice October day (mid-50s) when we started out, with just a little wind at the top of the trailhead. But the further we got down into the canyon, the more the temperature rose, and by the time we reached the resthouse it was 70 degrees.

It only took us a little over an hour to reach our destination, and we would have liked to continue onward, but we wanted to make sure we made it to Shoshone Point for sunset (highly recommended).

We did see a male Desert Big Horn Sheep right in the middle of the trail, which was really neat, but also somewhat terrifying, as he looked as if he was about to charge us. We moved aside and before we could snag a picture, he disappeared down the mountain.

This was a fairly easy trail with magnificent views of the canyon throughout. The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars is because of all the people on the trail. We must have seen at least 150 people on our trek, which unfortunately takes away from the majesty of the canyon. Still an amazing hike nevertheless!

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22 days ago

If you are camping, just do that as an extra for sunset in the evening.

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22 days ago

NIce picnic area. Don't know if I would call this a hike.

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22 days ago

Nice picnic area. I don't know if I would call this a hike...

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22 days ago

Worth the stop

Epic overlooks!

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24 days ago

Easy paved trail. it can be pretty crowded so I recommend getting there early before all the tour busses arrive. great views of the canyon.

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 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!

28 days ago

Wonderful, but we did not finish it.

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.

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

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1 month 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

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