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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 22, 2021
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Just wow. Incredible hike. we're sore today but so worth it!!

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Samuel Wilson reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Best trail ever. Mind blowing. Started at 8:30 and made it to the river (8 miles) around noon. Ended up throwing in the offshoot to Plateau Point for an additional three miles and ended just over 20 miles. The climbs aren’t hard but they are long.

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Akash Desai reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Great trail, we hiked in the afternoon and there was some decent shade. We went just past the 1.5 mile rest house to a beautiful overlook. Took us about 2.5 hours plus a 15 min snack break at the bottom!

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Autumn Hugo reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Kevin McQuaid reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Incredible! Quite a work out! Hiked to Plateau Point and back in 7 hours. A sign just past Indian Garden says “spectacular views” at Plateau Point...that’s an understatement! Only downside is most of the water taps don’t get turned on until May (was water at Indian Garden).

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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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JuJu Wats reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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It was tough! I made it halfway between the 1.5 and 3 mile marker before turning around and heading back up the hill

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Joni Zander reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Great trail. Very busy and steep but lots of shady spots to rest.

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Was 21 miles

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It really is a tough one. Took us 10hours and 45mins total including breaks but its definitely worth it!!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 20, 2021
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Incredible epic hike. My friends and I did this while our other crazier friends were doing r2r2r. Gorgeous views, started right at sunrise. One of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done but worth it and doable for those who are fit and want a challenge. Water is key as the temps soared in the canyon and up Bright Angel trail. Phantom Ranch lemonade is a must. Finished in just over 8.5 hours including a lengthy stay at phantom ranch. Highly recommend.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 19, 2021
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My favorite day hike in the USA. Absolutely gorgeous. If you want to add more miles, once at Indian Garden, you can walk to Plateau Point and see a spectacular view of the Colorado River. This will add 3 miles round trip but is definitely worth it

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Kevin Mybeck reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Awesome

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 19, 2021
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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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Adam Bixler reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Awesome trail! We started at 6:30 and made it down to Indian Flats campground and back by 2pm. Water is currently turned off at the 1.5 and 3 mile stops but on at the campground. Gets hot on the way back up!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 18, 2021

me and my wife, both about to turn 60 did this on 4/15. Our second time. Did it in april 2018 also. no bragging about how fast we did it. we took our time and enjoyed every minute of it. was cold and windy to start. Really dont need much water at all on the way down s kaibab. Explored the boat beach area along with BA Campground and Phantom Ranch. had our lemonade and headed back up. 21 miles. 15 hours total. 10.5 moving time. It's really an easy well maintained trail. trailit's an amazing experience and accomplishment. Highly recommend.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 18, 2021
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It was a fantastic hike! We hiked on this trail on 4/16/21, started at 5.45 am, and completed it in 10 hours. I am an average hiker. This trial can be done in one day. Make sure to bring snacks ( gummy, electrolyte, gu waffles). There are two spots you can fill up water, Phantom Ranch and the Indian Garden. We were told that the Silver Bridge is closed for construction, but luckily it's open when we arrived. The last there mile was challenging, but felt awesome after completing the hike. I enjoyed every moment on the trail. It is a lifetime experience.

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Very cool experience

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Steven Lin reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Great hike especially for spring weather. Gave 3 star because of some hikers, smoking pot publicly in rest house.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2021
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Amazing hike, the last four miles of Bright Angel were brutal.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2021
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This was an amazing hike. I highly recommend it if you can handle it. The walk down was more challenging than going back up. I definitely recommend hiking poles, they were a life saver. It took us a little over 3 hours to hike down to Phantom Ranch. That included several stops at all the main places. We spent some time at Phantom Ranch refueling before heading back up. Heading back up was super hot. The creek along the trail was a life saver along with the water fountains at Indian Garden. The last three miles was pretty tough but otherwise I felt great. From start to finish it took us about 9 hours total to reach the top, only about 7 1/2 hiking time, the rest was stopping time. Make sure you come prepared. You will need a lot of water and electrolytes. The 6am hikers express was really busy, but it was a Saturday morning. We were about 40th in line at 530am but they were great at bringing a bunch of buses to get everyone out to the trail since only 15 people are allowed on the bus at a time. I would definitely do this again.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 17, 2021
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Gorgeous views at every turn! I would do this hike again in a heart beat! South Kaibab to the suspension bridge and back to Kaibab. We started at 11am, at an average pace of 26min/mile. It took us 3 hours to get to the river where we took a lunch break on the beach (they also have a water refill station here), the hike out took just under 4hrs. This time of year there was a 20degree difference from the top to the river. Bring layers that you can shed and pack a windproof layer for the top (windy and chilly at times). Enjoy!!

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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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Mya Long reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Beautiful, fairly challenging for a day hike, but absolutely worth it!! It’s very populated for the first couple miles towards the top, and the last couple miles towards the river. I packed 5 liters not realizing there were water stations throughout ~ STILL PACK 2-3 LITERS, but know you have fill stations every few miles. I went on a cloudy and 60’s day and it was still a little warm at times, so this trail is best done when it’s much cooler! Started the hike at 5am, got to the river around 9am, took a 30min food and foot break, then made it back to the trail head around 2pm.

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Gil Perez reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Very hard

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 16, 2021
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People have left plenty of great reviews so I’ll give you a quick summary: Doable in a day if you’re in shape Bring a large camel pak and fill up every time there is a station. I counted 2 ( one at the bottom and one going back up in the Indian garden) Start as early as you can, that heat come back up will drain you Electrolytes ( gummies, every thing stock up)

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 16, 2021
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This is part of "The Main corridor" and probably the easiest and safest way to visit bottom of the Canyon. South Kaibab has a dramatic view, but not much water or shade, so use it to go down. Bright Angel has a great mid-way station - "Indian Garden". Full report: https://mvkazit.blogspot.com/2021/04/grand-canyon-south-kaibab-to-bright.html

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Coal Carson reviewed Bright Angel Trail
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Perfect weather in the high 50s on top and mid 80s at the bottom. Trails are in good condition too. I took 3 liters of water and that was enough for me to go in and out with, but you can fill up at Indian Gardens if you need to. Definitely would recommend bringing an extra pair of socks for the hike back up or incase you get your feet wet on one of the small stream crossings. The last mile can be tough on the way out so bringing earbuds to jam to music helps keep you going for that last stretch.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 16, 2021
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Completed this on 4.16.21 with my wife and three kids (16,15,12). I really used everyone's reviews to determine if we'd do this so figure I'll add to help those on the fence. We were in line for the hikers express at 545am but there were already 40+ people in line. We were the third shuttle bus, at that point it was already 630 or so. Temp at start was 25F but we chose to dress light, just shorts and long sleeve top. The hike, as everyone says, was amazing, magical, bucket list, etc. The Silver bridge was supposed to be closed but was open during our hike. We originally skipped the first bridge as we didnt' want to add the mile...but were happy to back track on silver to BA camp for water. It took our group just over 9hrs with lots of stops and a nice long lunch at Pipes Beach just before you head up BA. We are in average shape (ran 4miles a few times/week to prep 830pace). Kids play sports (soccer/lax) so are fairly fit. Key tips: - have never used trekking sticks but used them here. I picked up a cheap pair from amazon, had them shipped to my hotel and they were the best thing i've discovered since the internet. I have a bad left knee from HS sports/arthritic, hurts after runs. Using these poles i felt ZERO fatigue by the time we hit the river...ZERO knee pain. On hike up, used properly, using straps to climb up, it helped with the climb. These are MUST!! Just make sure you use them properly (plenty of youtube vids) - stop for water and fill. We used NUUN tablets. As I mentioned, we almost skipped the BA campground as Silver bridge is closed until May 7th. Knowing what I know now (and as temps will surely be higher than the 90+ we felt at the bottom) I would add the mile to ensure a full supply of water. Each of us was carrying between 2-3L storage (either bladder or containers). - others have said it and I agree. pack more food than you may need. we did PBJs and meat sandwiches. had plenty of cliff/protein bars, trail mix, some fruit. calories made it easier for the climb Amazing hike. If you are prepared and in ok shape easily done in a day (and of course if temperatures aren't too hot).

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