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I'm 42 and in decent shape. I could stand to work out a bit more than I do but I was able to do this trip. My biggest fear was that my knees would be blown by the constant downhill. I've hiked Glacier Natl park and blown my knees at age 23. Bring poles. They saved me and made this an awesome trip.
I got to hike this with my brother in law 7 years younger, and some of his long time friends. It was a great trip.
Take your time. It's your hike.
We did this in the winter. Spent the night on the rim in the snow then hiked down the next day. Stayed a night then hiked out the following day.
We took bright Angel down then up South Kaibab. This was actually opposite of what I thought we would do. But really it doesn't matter. Each way was beautiful. I think bright angel is a must because of Indian Garden. It might need to change its name but that will come with time. Anyways, it's beautiful. I got to. Real away for a. It and have my own hike. At a time I felt like I was in lord of the rings (not really) because the terrain was crazy and the trail hung on to the side of the mountain.
Going down. Right angel in Late November we hiked down about 800 feet of switchback that was snow covered. Yak tracks were needed.
Our came backs were full at 3ltr. It was cold but we were prepared. We continued down and stopped at a couple covered breaks. I didn't use the bathrooms but they were there. Indian Garden is a great place. Reminded me of Waimea Valley in Oahu. A secluded place for life and culture. I will have to research more on this spot and the native Americans who inhabited this place.
After Indian Garden the trail left the stream for a bit to take us along steep cliffs before bringing us back to the stream as we followed it to the river.
Once we hit the river I was expecting to see a bridge, but that would follow after a couple more miles along the river. Along the river we saw the immense size of the canyon. Parts of this trail were soft sand till you hit the bridge.
Going over the bridge I felt confident. It swayed so slightly but there was no breeze.
We stayed at Bright Angel camp and it's right by a running stream which will lull you to sleep. I still wore ear plugs for other snorting hikers and took a sleeping aid as I have trouble sleeping. Before heading to bed, though, we stopped off at the local pub in Phantom Ranch. Yes, I had a beer in the canyon. I also flushed a toilet and took advantage of a pipe with drinking water.
I am amazed at how awesome the trail was built. They had to blast and build so much to make this trail.
The next day we hiked up past phantom ranch and got to a bench made out of stone. There I got to slowly take in the view. Awesome.
It rained on us again that night. It we got luck that we could pack up our tents dry in the morning.
We hiked up South Kaibab soon followed by Mules. I could only imagine that the postcard I wrote and sent from Phantom Ranch might get to the rim before I would. I was determined and the many breaks they took on the way up made me come out ahead.
South Kaibab was full of amazing views, scary drop offs, sooooo many switch backs and steps up. Then a crow started following us up. It was nice to get a companion for a bit of the trip even if he was eyeing our snacks.
I was surprised to have gone through my 3 liters of water downhill and almost 2.5 liters uphill.
I snacked and took care of how I landed on my feet and knees.
Take your time. Wear nice shoes/boots. Not too small. I've heard of people loosing toenails.
It was a great trip and too short. Bring a GoPro or similar. Leave the big camera for night shots in the car for rim night photography.
Bring poles. Bring yak tracks for snow in November.
Have a great trip.

We completed this hike in a little over 8 hours. We started at 8:30am hiked down to the Colorado River. We made it down by 12:00pm. The views on the way down are amazing! We stopped a few times for pictures and to take in the scenery. We did not go the whole way up to Phantom Ranch, we just went straight onto the Bright Angel Trail. The weather was great towards the bottom, I started out with a thermal, sweatshirt, vest and jacket with leggings and sweatpants. Through the first part I ended up taking off my jacket and then my sweatshirt. Before we hiked back up I took off my sweatpants. The hike up was pretty steep. We finished the second part of the hike by 4:15pm. We hiked just about 16.75 miles in one day. This is not recommended, however we were determined! We weren’t too prepared either because we did not expect to do that. But it was very rewarding when we finished! Once we starting getting closer to the top it became colder and I had to put some of my layers back on. Definitely a breathtaking experience!

Great hike with amazingly beautiful scenery. Definitely NOT moderate - this is hard. But it is worth it.
The entire trail is somewhat rugged - you really need to pay attention. Lots of opportunities to twist an ankle.

Once again a great hike with absolutely beautiful destinations! Sadly there seem to be more people not taking their trash and other items out with them. Some people left behind an air mattress, shoes, dirty clothes, bottles, cans and other trash. if you hike it in, hike it out or don’t bother going. It is a disgrace that some humans ruin things for others. I would agree that if you were going to have your belongings packed into the canyon for you that you should use the helicopter. There are still several horses and mules along the route that had bleeding saddle sores and other injuries. That stuff aside, it’s a place worth checking out if you are lucky enough to get a permit.

This was the most fun I have ever had. climbing down a cave then realizing I have to climb down using chains and then there's a huge ladder thats wet from the mist of the most beautiful waterfall. I faced my fear of heights. then we take the trail and get to take off our shoes and socks and make our way across the water not once but 3 times on this hike (and 3 times on the way back) when it seemed to never end we got to those final ladders to get up top above Beaver Falls and that feeling you get is just so worth the hike. Amazing view. Amazing feels.
Not ok for kids, adults only

Did this today...it’s a butt kicker! The park service does not recommend doing this in one day, but we like to torture ourselves. Took the hiker shuttle to the trail head at 7 am, started hiking about 7:30. We stopped at all the rest areas briefly and had lunch on the river. It was amazing. Freezing on the rim with some ice on the trails for a bit, but basically a warm fall day at the bottom. Indian Garden had water still. There are also rock springs all over. We finished at 4:30, stopping frequently along the last 3 miles, they were killer. :)

hiking
19 days ago

This is a great adventurous beautiful walk with multiple river crossings along the way, with the water coming to about your knees so dress/pack appropriately for this. The most challenging back of the walk is climbing down the cliff face to Mooney falls. There are craved out foot holes and chains to help you down but definitely not for those scared of heights. Apart from that it is a pretty easy walk and a lovely oasis. Took us about 5 hours from the lodge and back. There are no toilets after the campground though.

backpacking
19 days ago

Great walk down the canyon to supai. You must book well in advance to get a reservation with supai lodge (not sure about camping). It was pretty quite though as mid November and temperature was perfect for walking. Easy walk to the village as it is downhill but the way back to the hilltop is a lot harder as the last 2 miles are constant uphill, so is practically tough if your carrying all your gear from the staying over a night in the village. Just before you get in the village you meet havasui creek which is a beautiful turquoise colour. There are toliets at the hilltop car park but nothing along the trail.

Amazingly beautiful! Life changing experience!
Too dangerous for kids!

Amazingly Beautiful! Life changing experience! Too dangerous for kids

Life changing experience!

backpacking
20 days ago

Did the full hike with my then 4 year old. No helicopter or mules. The only real way to do it in my opinion. My son descended Mooney falls ladder on his own, however, would recommend against it for other parents as it can be slippery and would be a fatal fall. Not much more to say that hasn't already been said. One of the most epic backpacking trips out there!

Awesome place to be and hike it’s beautiful

Did this on 11/18 and it took us about 10 hours (7:30-5:30). We took many breaks for pictures and had a 30 minute lunch by the river. We parked our car at the trailhead of bright angel and took the hiker express shuttle to South Kaibab. The hiker express times differ from month to month so check on the Grand Canyon website. I highly recommend having poles similar to what everyone else has previously mentioned. It is very taxing on the knees. There are also plenty of bathrooms/water stations along the way so no need to carry more than a 3L camelback. The last 3 miles are tough! We really pushed ourselves to make it up by dark. Definitely a bucket list adventure and I recommend it if you only have one day !! It came out to about 16 miles ish according to the website.

What a great hike, but a real butt-kicker if you do it in a day. Spectacular scenery!

See my daughter's (Tara Oster's) review. I did want to add that I don't recommend taking small children due to the remoteness of Supai and scrambling over rocks and ladders to some of the falls. We saw one dad heading toward Mooney Falls (which entails slithering through a couple of short tunnels) with a young child in one of those backpack carriers. We cautioned him that the contraption probably wouldn't fit through the tunnels. in any case, the descent to Mooney is just too risky for a child, so please leave kids at home until they're older - I'd say about age 12, as long as they are fairly sturdy and not whiners. Also, about the helicopter - one young man said he waited in line an hour and a half just to put his name in a list to fly out the following day. Supai residents have priority, so who knows if you really are going to be able to get a lift out. Plan on hiking in and out to get the full experience. A memorable trip in a place few people get to experience! We are planning to return again one day!

Amazing bucket list hike! Did this hike in 9 hours on Nov 17, taking lots of photo and snack breaks. Views were breathtaking! Temperatures were good, stayed cool all day. Personally I loved the South Kaibab trail because there were less rocks (soft dirt makes it easier to hike down), less people, and more views from hiking on a ridge. Bright Angel was a great trail, but so crowded, rockier, and the switchbacks over the last 3 miles were difficult. We also stopped at Phantom Ranch for snacks. I would definitely do it again though!
Btw we recorded the hike and it clocked us at 17.3 miles and 5400’

This map shows all the wait from the trailhead to Beaver Falls! Beautiful hike if you are lucky to get permits!!!

Most amazing hike. I am not a “serious hiker,” however I did train for 3 months to do this hike. We did Rim to Rim in one day, from North to South Rim via Bright Angel on October 20. Weather was PERFECT! Chilly in the morning (started a little after 6am in the dark), but warmed up very quickly. We took 30 hikers with us, from 16 years old to 60, but didn’t all stay together. A few things to note:
* It’s actually 23.9 miles. I verified with a Park Ranger.
* Water is available often, but I always kept at least 3 liters on me at all times, and that was during the fall. If you hike in the heat, you will need MUCH more! I would not do this hike in the summer.
* Electrolytes are not optional.
* You need to snack the entire way down the rim. Then stop to eat your packed lunch at Phantom Ranch. You won’t feel like eating much after that (even though you should) so almost all your calories & electrolytes needs to be in the morning. Salty tastes way better than sweet.
* There are NO garbage cans...you will need to pack out every tiny bit of garbage with you.
* I finished in just over 12 hours. It’s doable for the most physically fit in about 8-10 hours. The last of our group finished in 15 1/2 hours with a knee injury.
* The switchbacks on Bright Angel are not as steep as I expected. They are just extremely relentless and never ending. The last 3 miles will take FOREVER.
* Have a head lamp with you.
* Use every bathroom you pass. There are no “hidden areas” to squat behind. No matter where you go, you will be seen!
* This is not a loop, nor an out and back. You will need a driver waiting for you at the Rim you finish on. We met some people who didn’t think that through, and were trying to figure out how to get back to their car on the North Rim, which was about a 4 hour drive away!
* I was terrified to do this hike, but am so glad I did! You will not regret doing it, as long as you are PREPARED! Hike a few times each week, walk a lot, and do the stair stepper as often as possible.

I just put this together in google earth. Kind of gives you an idea of what the hike will be like.

https://youtu.be/ZYReyn6fWjY

Bucket list hike especially if done in 1 day. Wife and I did it on our 20th Anniversary and still talk about it a year later. Best views on the planet. September weather was perfect.

Absolutely amazing hike. We went slow purposefully to stay 1 nite at each of the 3 campgrounds and soak it all in. The views and stars at nite are exceptional. I recommend hiking it in October as the heat isn't brutal. 23.9 miles starting at north rim and using BA trail to reach the south rim. A must do for all serious backpackers. Highly recommended.

Strenuous, gorgeous, intimidating and fulfilling.

Don't overpack and the last 3 miles on Bright Angel is the real test. Just completed this past weekend, 11/11/2018

At first glance,I thought this hike would be an arse kicker, but I was pleasantly surprised. The hike down was harder on me because I have knee issues, but being wrapped in KT tape saved me. Pretty much little to no major aches or pains. In fact, really none at all.

The drive to the trailhead takes about an hour if you’re zooming pretty fast. That said, I would NOT attempt that (driving fast) in the dark due to the elk. I hit the road at daybreak and did just fine.

The parking lot has outhouses (yay!!!) and a place to park your car for however long you need. Don’t leave stuff in sight, there is no security and break-ins do occur. Also, don’t park on the mountain side, as rock falls also occur. Park on the cliff side, even if that adds a bit to your overall hike.

The switchbacks are immediate and slowly, it becomes a relatively gradual downslope hike all the way into town. The hike is easily traversable (albeit hellacious gravel that seems to go on forever), easy to stay on trail, and offers many private spots to rest, snack, or do whatever you feel the urge to. Just make sure you carry all your trash out please.

You come to the “Supai” sign and you’re happy. Hold on a bit longer because “psych”..... you’ve got more to go.

The town of Supai is interesting. TAKE NO PHOTOS!!! New rules mean you will be cited and have to pay hefty fines. This goes for the tribal members and donkey trains as well. Once you’ve left a Supai and are in the waterfall/campground area, it’s fair game (with exception to the donkeys and the men tending to the area).

The bathrooms were lit, well kept and clean.

Campsites are unmarked and hard to come by if you arrive late. Most people pack up and head out early, so the best spots are available early. The good news is that if you get a sucky site, a new one will open up the next day. The even better news, there really aren’t but a few sucky sites.

In October the campground is pretty much in full shade all day. Havasu Falls gets shade around 2:00. If you’re relying on solar for charging, you’ll need to schlep back up to the top of the falls to have some sun for about another hour. It gets dark around 5:30 and if it’s windy, it gets cold.

I have a 15* Nemo bag that served me well. Jetboil is the way to go and I loved my MaryJanesFarm dehydrated food. Make sure you grab a HomeDepot bucket and a lid if you see one available by the start of the campground to store your food, they’re a Godsend.

I loved my time here. It was great to relax and unplug. I ate a lot less than I thought I would, and drank a lot more (hot tea/water/hot cocoa/ coffee).

No alcohol or drugs allowed. Please respect that.
Carry out all your trash and adhere to the principles of “leave no trace”..

No day hikes permitted.

The hike out? I was stunned at how easily I was able to just barrel through the last mile. Make no mistake, it was tough, but I lived to tell the tale! Lol

Have fun!!!

What can be said about this trail that hasn't been said a thousand times already?

The Rim to Rim experience through the Grand Canyon was a physically demanding, refreshingly emotional adventure. If you have the means and the ability, there are few greater short-term backpacking experiences to be found in the US.

My friend and I completed the trail in September of 2018 and both came away from the experience exhausted and inspired. From the cliff face trail at the north rim to the lush and vibrant Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden and the village, this trail allows you to see so much in only a handful of miles.

The detour to the Canyon overlook is a must. The short side trail to the waterfall is also a must. Cracking a beer at Phantom is a must and so is their world famous family-style breakfast.

Only one percent of visitors make it down into the canyon itself and an even smaller percentage actually traverse the entire thing by foot. To be among that group is an honor and a welcome addition to my memories of adventuring.

Difficult, but absolutely worth it. Don’t miss the chance to see these waterfalls. The hike from Mooney falls to Beaver Falls is the most beautiful day hike you will find. It is about 4 miles past Mooney.

Bright Angel to North Rim. Best manicured trails I have ever been on. Super easy and we hiked just over 30 miles in 4 nights. We took our time to enjoy as much as possible and go exploring for gold hahah!!. We were able to get 2 steak dinners and a breakfast for 6 of us by luck. Amazing! staff was amazing and the giant orb of death even in Oct was up to 80+ to 100 during the day. Be safe, eat and drink ALOT ALL DAY!!

Awe inspiring! Ideal conditions in early November and was able to complete this hike in 7 hours. Left the rim at 7:08 and arrived at Phantom Ranch about 10. Arrived back at the rim right at 2. Didn’t spend a lot of time in any one spot though I stopped frequently to take photos. My app indicated 17.1 miles - not sure where the 18.9 miles indicated on the trail map comes from.

Hiked down S Kaibab to Phantom Ranch a few days ago, took us 3 hours -we were slow and took time to take lots of pictures- then spent some time in the canteen of Phantom Ranch. Then we hiked up Bright Angel that same day. Took us 4.5 hours. We are two ladies; my friend is a super fit marathon runner and I’m a OK fit 39y.o who exercises regularly. We carried total of 3 liters water and some snacks.
If you want to do this in the same day, start early morning! You never know how long it will take you hiking up. Bring a headlamp in case you are still on the trail when it’s dark.

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