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Sophie S reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Amazing views! We started at 5 AM so we got to see the sunrise spill over the canyon. There’s nothing like it. Saw some mule deer along the way in the morning, too We hiked both up and down at a 32 min mile pace on average (took a few mins here and there for sunscreen application, taking jackets off, etc). Not as difficult as they say for those who are in shape. Many hikes you’d ascend first and gauge your stamina knowing descending is a reprieve. This isn’t the case with this hike, which is where hikers may find themselves in trouble. We brought snacks, 2L water, and Gatorade which was more than enough. Wouldn’t want to hike with anything less, but that goes for any hike. Don’t hike unprepared

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Gil Perez reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Very hard

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Jeremy Ecton reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Incredible hike, filmed the experience in 4k. You can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er-uc-icarA

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Joana Spence reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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We did the Bright Angel trail to Indian Garden. Very well kept trail with high traffic. There are 3 rest station throughout the trail, only Indian Garden had running water for refill (check with Info Center to know what stations are operating water). I would recommend taking lots of water, electrolytes and food as you can do a nice picnic at Indian Trail to refuel and take on the challenging part of the trail— back up! The incline is no joke! The weather is changing all the time, we started with a cold wind gust at the start and started to get warmer and warmer as you go further into the trail. Wear light layers and take them off as needed. Bring sunscreen the sun is strong as well

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Justin May reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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We hiked this back on April 4th, Easter and my birthday. We made it all the way down to Pipe Creek Beach and just chilled for about an hour soaking our legs in the cold Colorado River to help soothe our legs for the “sufferfest” going back up. We thought about going all the way to Phantom Ranch but that would’ve been overkill for us, especially me running on two hours of sleep and doing three different hikes the previous day in Sedona. Like others have mentioned, this trail should not be attempted if you’re not experienced and well prepared. Me and my friend are avid hikers (she’d hiked Mt. Whitney two years ago) and this trail kicked our asses. Took us roughly 8 hours round trip from 7:30am. The temperature was in the low 40s when we started. About an out in we had to shed some layer, as the deeper we went the hotter it got. I believe it was 106* at Indian Garden by noon. The ice had melted leaving muddy patches mostly in the beginning l of the trail. Here are a few things that got us through the trail: 1) A strong will to push yourself back up to the rim. Especially, from the garden to the rim. In comparison, the beach to the garden wasn’t that bad. 2) 3L water bladder, maybe an empty bottle to fill up at the garden but that will add more weight and my backpack must’ve weighted over 40lbs. 3) Plenty of snacks (beef jerky, protein bars, sport beans and liquid IV packs. 4) Protective gear such safari hats, gators soaked in cold water wrapped around my head, sunscreen, sunglasses, earbuds for blasting heavy metal to keep me energized. 5) hiking sticks Overall, what an amazing experience and the best birthday so far.

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Thaddeus McGuire reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Lived up to it’s advance billing. Perfect temps.

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Nicole Scroggins reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Loved it.

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Heather Dachary reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Tim Blunn reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Went down to the 3 mile mark and back up. The return uphill 3 miles are extremely tough.

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Jacob Sessums reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Dope

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Melissa H reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Jen Lombardi reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Fun but so hot!

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Joffrey Hammit reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Joe Wentling reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Marcus Landeros reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Incredible hike. Perhaps my favorite on to date. Nothing like really getting into the canyon and experiencing its grandeur first hand. We hiked from rim to Phantom Ranch and back in a day. Dawn to dusk. I would not recommend unless in great shape. We went this way to get completely taxed by the hike. Thats exactly what we found. Make sure take the Plateau Point detour for a quick easy 3 miles. The view at the end is an absolute gift and I will not forget it. Lemonade at the end (the ranch) was very much needed and also $5 for a cup ($1 refills). The hike back up is about a as bad as people say. Back from the ranch its every bit uphill. Nothing bad in and of itself, but in conjunction of two 5 mile sets (ranch to garden, garden to rim) its a real kick to the stomach. Also day was rated as 66degrees, but i think it was more 80 in the canyon itself. Needed thicker clothing for the first hour, but quickly shed down to lightest layer clothing by 9am. Didn't need jackets anymore, but glad i had just in case. Bring tons of energy and electrolyte food stuffs. Drink water constantly, then drink more. Bring plenty of food. Beginners could do the rim to garden and back in a day as long as they prepare and take their time uphill. The human spirit needs a little juice every now and then, just with good joints to help along the way. Best hike I have done to date. Truly an incredible, spiritual experience. I would put myself through it again. (if thats what youre into) Walked the height of three empire state buildings, burned 6,000 calories, 55,000 steps, 12 full hours.

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Mark Noller reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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I did this hike on April 9th with my 15 year old son (thought it would be a cool bonding experience). I am out of shape, 20 pounds overweight and turn 50 in three months. That being said, I was able to do this hike (and also added 2.5 miles by hiking down to the Silver Bridge and back-to say I made it to the other side of the Colorado River) in 10 hours. It was a beautiful hike and I am really glad we did it. Lessons learned: 1) Start early. We stayed at the Bright Angel Lodge (highly, highly recommended so one can literally roll out of bed and start the hike) and were on the trail at 5:15. We used a headlamp until the 1.5 mile rest house. If I could do it again, we would have started at 4:30. Loved the peace and quiet (not many people out). The temperature started in the 30s (we were not cold at all), and in addition to my headlamp, wore a ski cap (to cover my head and ears), light, yet thermal long sleeve shirt and warm gloves. Took off the ski cap, long sleeve shirt and gloves at the 1.5 mile house (probably around 5:45). 2) Comfortable foot gear (boots) is essential!! 3) The sun is your enemy (we had 5 minutes of sun exposure) from the start to the river. The way back...not so much. 4) Going down is easy (took us 3 hours). 5) Going up is hard (took me 6 hours...my son probably could have done it in 4 hours). (We took a 1 hour rest by the river). This is where my poor fitness and being overweight hurt me (I must have looked like someone with advanced Parkinson's disease trying to escape a nursing home...sorry if this offends anyone...just trying to paint an image of my pathetic manner of ambulating up the trail). 6) Hiking poles are essential...prevented me from having 2 major falls on the way down, necessary for the hike up and very helpful for crossing the small streams near Indian Gardens without getting your boots and socks wet. 7) Brought 3 liters of water and that was more than enough (refilled at Indian Gardens going down and up) and probably only needed to bring 2 liters, but better to be safe and bring more. 8) Snacks/food is important as well as baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, light colored clothes to reflect the sun as much as possible and a light colored hat with a large 360 brim. 9) Doing it in April is an outstanding time to do this hike. No ice encountered. I would not attempt this hike from May 1 to October 1...way too hot and the sun way too intense. This is an awesome hike and a beautiful part of the world. Very glad we did it (another boxed checked on our bucket list...BTW, Mt. St. Helen's Summit via Ptarmigan Trail is half the distance but harder than this one) and highly recommend it in April and October. Do your homework, try to get in some shape (don't be like me) and remember...there's a reason why the following is written at the beginning of the hike: "WARNING-Never try to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day. Many who tried suffered serious illness or death."

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Ran Oren reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Filip Veldeman reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Julie (15) en Lukas (11) did an amazing walk and finished in 9:15hrs including stops

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Sharon Carrington reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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What’s not the love? We started our hike at 10 am. Parked at the Backcountry Informational Center in lot D. We got lucky to snag a parking spot as someone was leaving. My husband and I and our 3 kids (15, 12 and 10) hiked down 4.6 miles to the Indian Gardens. There is a rest house at mile 1.5 and 3. Took us 2:23:00 to climb down. There is a campground with picnic tables and restrooms. There is supposed to be a water refilling station, but we had packed enough so didn’t check to see if there was. The descent from the rim down to the gardens was around 3,000 feet. Lots of people for the first mile, but it spread out after a bit. We ate lunch at the campground then started our hike back out. We ascending 3,000 feet of climb in 2:35:00 with a few short breaks and picture stops. The views were breathtaking and the canyon was so pretty with the afternoon sun. The kids were champs! Don’t bite off more than you can chew and pack plenty of water :)

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Katie Bradford reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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The ice is gone and there were so many people. All were great to distance as much as possible. We hiked to just below the first rest house and back (3 1/2 miles total). Beautiful views of the canyon. Pretty cold and windy in the shade. Wear layers!

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Eric Palutsis reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Went down to the second/lower tunnel and turned back, super cool but very busy (midday). Very challenging hike if we would have gone further.

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Benjamin Cox reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Wow, what a trail. April 3. River and back. The ice is basically gone. There is one patch about 50 ft long near the top, but it’s got lots of mud and pebbles smudged into it so there’s traction. We had crampons and didn’t use them. I think they’re overkill. The trail is easy the whole way down. It’s never any scarier than what you see for the first mile. If you’re comfortable with the first mile then you’ll be fine. But if you are getting exhausted in the way down then turn around. The climb out is tough and you need to be feeling good when you start climbing. Don’t push it too far! There’s water from faucet 4.5 miles down. It’s then another 3.25 to the river. Went in for a swim. Cold but highly recommended!! Just find a safe spot so you don’t float away. We started 7am and the weather was nice and cool. One nice surprise was that about 4pm the sun set behind the canyon wall, so it was much cooler up starting at 4. At 3 is was hot and we were thinking oh my this is going to be a rough climb out, so that shade was just awesome. So if you’ve got the time then don’t be afraid to take the breaks because it may mean a more pleasant climb out in the shade. Definitely a bucket list hike. Will share photos on IG @mirelaofearth

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Jane VerDow reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Incredible view after incredible view. We hiked down 3 miles to the second rest-house, then hiked back out. It was a hard steep hike out, but SO worth it. We are 57, in relatively good shape. It took us 4 hours round trip.

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Anna Bat reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Spectacular. My feet still hurt but it was worth it

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Vicky Ha reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Very icy on April

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Hazel Valle reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Icy at the start, I recommend taking chains to put on your hiking boots/shoes. Definitely not beginner friendly. If you’re not an experienced hiker I suggest going down to the first rest house and turn back around. The climb down is easy since it is all downhill, the climb up from the river is brutal. We started at around 7 am and didn’t reach the top until 5:30 p.m. it was 100% worth it.

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Nigel T reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Icy

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