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Well worth the effort! Fantastic views and surprised at every turn.

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

We did the hike in the afternoon on 11/10. Highly recommend wearing spiked boots. It definitely got slick after the 3rd bridge. The trek back was even slippery, with all of us wiping out at least once.

Probably the best hike (this and the loop in the north part with several arches). This is a clasic and a must-hike./walk

A nice little hike that includes all major arches. I suppose this is THE thing to do in arches NP. It wasn't always clear to me where the trail was, but nothing dramatic. There are a lot of people if you don't go too early, so it shouldn't be a problem.

this may sound weird but I need a tiny bit of sand from coyote gulch for a gift. would anyone be willing to ship some to me if I send a prepaid UPS label? this is the location I plan to be married at and the sand is part of a gift I want to make. I only need one grain for the gift so only a small amount is needed. I don't know where else to ask.

Nice terrain and some good views. You get to the trail by walking directly out of the back door of the visitors center. Not difficult by any means, but I felt the path was a little unclear. Not as many markers to keep you in the right direction like many of the other trails at the national monument.

Beautiful views! We hiked it yesterday and the hike to get up there is a little rough but so worth it! It gets pretty icey so be sure to wear proper shoes.

Absolutely beautiful hike. My sister and I did this hike, ages 64 and 66. Parts of it are nice and easy and parts if it kicked our butts. While the Joint part of the loop had some difficult areas it was quite short and doable. It’s tough coming back as it feels like it will never end. One of our most beautiful and most strenuous hikes.

This was a good, well trafficked hike. We completed this hike in early August and it was very hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

Such an incredible view. Need the right winter gear and shoes that can handle steep icy rocks at this time of year but well worth it!

We enjoyed this trail. Wonderful view at the end and a distant petroglyph in the middle.

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5 days ago

More moderate than hard - I’m carrying a fair bit of excess baggage and found this walk ok - defo 5 stars

on White Domes Trail

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5 days ago

If you hike only one trail in Valley of Fire this should be it! Amazing colors, rock formations, slot canyon, awesome! Do it!

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6 days ago

Husband and I did hiked this lake on 11/8. The beginning of the trail was paved road then rocky and about half way it’s was icy. But with spikes, it’s very doable. We saw some people with regular shoes, they were struggled but they made it to the lake with us. There are 7 bridges that you’ll cross. The last stretch of the trail was a bit of an incline but don’t let the height intimidate you. Once you’re passed the incline, you are there!! It’s a must when you’re in Colorado!!!!

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!!

The views were amazing! The trail is above tree line, so be prepared for strong winds.

The water color was beautiful! The trail is pretty steep, but it’s short enough that we didn’t have any trouble.

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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7 days ago

Moderately strenuous climb that is beautiful and well worth the view. Lots of high steps can be tough on the knees. Went today and it was snowy and really icy, wouldn’t recommend without snow friendly footwear.

Nice relaxing hike to the falls. Stayed cool the entire time, falls were beautiful. Not as pretty now that all the leaves have fallen from the trees.

Was there on Nov 1st and the waterfall was flowing. There were a good amount of people out so if you like solitude, this isn't for you. It was pretty steep, but short. Took about an hour up, and the same down. It seems easy because it isn't long, but definitely has a steep grade. Note: It was much colder with more wind in the parking lot than in the canyon.

In the summertime water can be had at three locations on Bright Angel Trail. However on November 1, things switch over to wintertime conditions and there is water available only at Indian Gardens. I do not know when summertime conditions return in the spring, but one should check before doing this route.

It was lovely but demanding. Electrolytes, plenty of water and food are a must.

This trail was amazing! The Queen Victoria formation really looks like Queen Victoria. You have a choice of going up the Two Bridges trail or the Wall Street trail to finish the loop. I did Two Bridges. Wall Street is the “slot canyon.” I saw a Steller’s Jay and a chipmunk.

This was definitely hard. And it’s more like 8.5 miles. I started at Sunrise Point where I watched the sun rise before heading counterclockwise down the Tower Bridge trail. There are definitely more hoodoos on the amphitheater side than on the Fairyland Canyon side. The trail takes you down to Tower Bridge (a formation that really looks like Tower Bridge in London) and up Boat Mesa, then back down and around through Fairyland Canyon. It ends with a somewhat easy 2.7 mile hike on the Rim Trail.

One of the most amazing (and hardest) experiences in my life. Did S. Kaibob - Phantom Ranch - back up Bright Angel in one day with my very fit husband and rockstar 75 year old very fit Dad in October of 2018.

We trained long and hard for this. Even so, my Dad almost didn’t make it. Make sure you are prepared for the length and duration of this hike.

The most beautiful scenes I’ve ever witnessed. The whole thing is breathtaking. Everyone was incredibly friendly.

Some tips.

1) don’t attempt this is a day unless you are in incredible shape. We passed many people who were in a bad way. My dad in the last 4 miles really struggled.

2) be prepared for extreme weather changes and temp changes. We went from parkas, to Tank tops, to spending our last few hours in the dark in 30 degree weather, pouring rain, and lightning/thunder. We had rain covers, had waterproof boots, but were still soaked to the bone. Stopping at this point wasn’t an option as our body temps would have dropped.

3) enjoy other hikers! I met so many amazing people who were from all over the world. We talked to rangers who knew the canyon like the back of their hand. We made friends at Phantom Ranch and on the trolley. Made friends from New Zealand. The people hiking the Grand Canyon were some of the coolest people. Take time to say hi and get to know them if you can.

4) drink tons, force yourself to eat even if you aren’t hungry.

5) parts of this are very steep. I highly suggest hiking boots with ankle support and trekking poles.

6) if you have bad knees, the downhill will be incredibly hard. I found myself depending on my trekking poles going back up since my knees were jacked from the downhill.

7) always take enough supplies with you to shelter in place for the night if you have an emergency.

8) have a support team or way to get to your car at the end of your hike. We parked in the back country lot to take the hikers express to the N. Kaibob. When we came back up the Bright Angel it was pitch black, 9:30 pm. No one was around. It was raining and we were soaked to the bone and temps were dropping to around 30 Fahrenheit. We had no idea where our car was or how to get there. We were too physically exhausted to make it there anyways. Thank GOD for a group of hikers crammed into a van that made standing room for us, drove us back to the lot and safely to our car. When we woke up the next morning in Williams, AZ, everything we covered in snow.

9) have headlamps! Use them and check your batteries. My dad’s wore out so three of we’re stuck with only mine. It’s incredible dark in the canyon at night and was much harder in pouring rain.

10) spectacular panoramic views on S Kaibob. Everyone says it’s harder. It’s certainly steeper at times. No water on this trail, but two restrooms on the way down I Believe.

11) Bright Angel was incredibly lush and beautiful in a different way. Many water crossings, water falls, and it is also Hard. The devils corkscrew and the last 3-4 miles were the hardest part of my whole day! There are several stops for water and restrooms on this hike.

Absolutely amazing views from the arch! Take plenty of water. It was cloudy and 55 degrees and I still went through two bottles. I went early in the morning and was at the arch by 9. There were tons of people heading up on my way back down, so I recommend going early. Well worth the hike. This one is a must do!

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