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I guess what I should have said is make rock cairns, DON'T USE SPRAY PAINT!

For the person who said take a spray can and mark the trail, give your head a shake!!! If you need the route marked out for you best stay in town.

Great hike. Hard to follow the trail at some points and definitely a challenge for beginner hikers in terms of climbing rocks, but beautiful views the entire way and lots of fun!

2 days ago

Great views throughout the entire trail. Some sections are quite steep but manageable. Feels longer than posted distance.

Got stopped by search and rescue on the way to Whiskey Spring Red Tanks Miners Canyon Loop. Planned to do a over nighter there. Search and Rescue warned us not to go out there. They had said it is inhabitable and totally overgrown. So they advised us to do Weavers Needle and it was great.

Even having a physical hard copy map and the AllTrails App open the mileage markers are off. We ended up taking Peralta Trail up to Weavers Needle and camped out off the trail. I posted pictures of potential Weavers Needle back-country camp sites (see my completed list in the profile if you are planning to go back country camping). Great views around, it was a amazing time. It would be my luck though that it would rain. Which lasted 15 hours making the rocks in the morning slippery. The trail has lots of lose rock and minimal cover from the sun. I would agree with others in bringing enough water. Would definitely go back was a amazing experience. Enjoy.

Excellent hike and weather today! Highly recommend!!!

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2 days ago

About 70% runnable; peaceful and not crowded. Great run, except for the herd of javalinas I came upon on the way back. Definitely my least favorite part!

A nice hike. It took about 2 hours to go round trip. Narrow path and fairly busy today but everyone was courteous and shared the path. I'm relatively new to hiking and I wasn't sure what a moderate rating would entail. It was good altho you need good footing and you need to pay attention to rocks and uneven ground. All ages were on the path.

Really good hike with great views. Bright Angel Trail is a difficult trail, crampons needed during the colder months, long pieces of trail covered with sleek ice so please be careful. The hike is accessible and easy to find. Do not let my ice comment make you afraid of coming, once the sun hits the trail those ice capes are gone within minutes. It is a long trail so many people hike down for an hour or two then head back up. You start with going down! So the way back up will be HARDER! Make it a 1 to 1.5 ratio. You hike down 1 hour expect your trip back up to be 1 hour and 30 min give or take depending on your experience. The trail head has multiple places to refill your water bottle alongside restroom facilities. Please DO NOT FORGET WATER. It is your best friend. Also feel free to take snacks because there are great places to stop and eat something with a beautiful view. Clean up after yourself. The canyon is there for your enjoyment, treat it with respect. Overall, a fantastic trail with an incredible view. I would recommend this trail to anyone with prior hiking experience (if you don’t have experience, go ahead and try it out but take it easy and remember the 1 to 1.5 ratio i explained towards the top) - val :)

Adding to my full review below:
We left the S Kaibab trailhead at 630am and took 3.5 hours to reach the silver bridge that crosses Colorado. (We picked up the River Trail heading left when Kaibab had gone right towards the black bridge)

I’ve excluded the time for photo stops, and two restroom breaks.

We stayed at the river/Phantom Ranch for 2 hours and headed back up Bright Angel at 1220. We reached Indian Garden/Tonto East by 3pm.

We finished at 1848. So the trip back up 13 mi took us 6.5 hours including all the breaks. And it was very difficult for the last 3 hours due to altitude.

This hike was grueling almost to the point where it wasn’t enjoyable, and I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of it. However it is open enough that you can keep on trucking for the most part, and the view is well worth it.

4 days ago

Saw a few lizards and a small snake along the trail, cool views and a good hike that’s not too strenuous but a good climb. We recorded 8.3 miles on the loop.

Didn’t get to finish it, but will definitely go back!

Loved it, not a lot of people around. Will definitely do this again.

5 days ago

We hiked up to the very top past the tunnel. Good fun.

On March 7, I hiked this with my 16 and 18 yr old. I trained for over six weeks. And I’m grateful I did. It paid. Fitness wasn’t the issue it was altitude. We live at sea level. We stayed in the village for 3 days. We hiked on the 3rd to allow time to adjust.

We took over 3L ea of water. There are atleast 7 restrooms on this trail. That is a huge encouragement for those who try to not drink but must.

I am so glad we took this hike. And grateful that we made it out just before total darkness set in. We started at sunrise and made it to Phantom Ranch in 4 hrs taking photo and potty breaks.

We had headlamps but the last 4-6 switchbacks were snowy and icy so darkness made it harder and less safe.

The views of the Colorado going down S Kaibab are the most breath taking. Getting to the bottom was wonderful. Likewise the view along the river trail which connects Kaibab and Bright Angel was stunning. Even the 10 mi return up Bright Angel has unexpected brook views, sounds and waterfalls. It’s gorgeous.

Everyone seems to agree that the final 3-4 miles up Bright Angel are exhausting. Practically impossible to complete after hiking all day.
However, many young people passed us. Even jogging. I know there are some who work at the Canyon and do this weekly, even daily. Perhaps those who weren’t resting after nearly each switchback live in the canyon or another 7k ft town. We didn’t ask.

So I cannot recommend this trail, in its entirety, to anyone who hasn’t proven their ability overcome altitude. If you breathe very easily under exertion entering 5, 6, and 7 k feet then this 18 mi hike is for you!!! Otherwise, you are taking a great risk.

We will have this memory forever and are grateful for every minute!

Likewise, I have to recommend a backpack suitable for hiking since water and food are not optional. My kids’ shoulders were really hurting from their packs. And this was their only complaint.

I agree with others who said this was the best and most difficult hike they’ve taken. I can’t wait to go back and try the others!

5 days ago

Hard! Okay so originally we were gonna do the Boulder Canyon hike, which is 4.8 miles. But we couldn't find that. We could only find Boulder Canyon TRAIL, which is much longer. So we hiked this one, and since we didn't know we were going on such a long hike, we actually only went about 2.5 miles in. It goes up and down, up and down, so it's hard the whole time! Fun but challenging. I love how you can see Canyon Lake from the top!

If you are wanting a good day hike that gives you a near spiritual prize at the end, this is the hike for you to take.

I am in moderately good hiking shape, 45 yo and love day hike experiences. The other reviewers nailed it - lots of activity toward the top and down to the first station. A lot thins out from the first to second station, and then down to Indian garden it was almost just me and maybe the same 5 other people.

There was no water at second stop, but there was at the first and at Indian. Rained for the first hour on the way in so the trails were icy and muddy - very glad I had my trek poles with me.

Had rained the night before - a lot. Many folks on their way back up weren’t too pumped but were still positive about the point.

Def bring food and hydro and a great camera. The sound of the river from the point is majestic. Met some really cool people. Love hiking.

The canyon changes so much during the hike - was thankful for the cool weather as I still worked up a good sweat.

Mule deer just enjoying some afternoon lunch in the open area from Indian to the point.

Had a good big breakfast at Henry’s and filled up with water in the bright angel hotel lobby right before I headed down. Took me 8 am to 3 pm with 1 hour at the point. Took a few decent breaks on the way back. Awesome.

6 days ago

Amazing place and a pretty good hike.

6 days ago

We did this as a family hikes with 5 adults and three kids (3-7 year olds) The older kids walked all the way to the top of the cave and bottom! Wild squirrels were a joy to see and the winding trail and large climbing rocks was an excitement for us! Definitely a must and favorite!

Beautiful hike with sweeping views and plenty of elevation. A little ice at the top when we started, but didn’t need crampons. They say to allow yourself twice as long to come back up, but it didn’t take us nearly as long. Start early to avoid the crowds!

Best hike I've ever done. Started around 6-7 am and finished around 4:30pm. Truly amazing hike with endless breathtaking views.

LOVE this trail! It's long and somewhat challenging with the ever present incline. The scenery was amazing. The trail was very dog friendly. Definitely worth going all the way to Massacre Rock. The trail does get pretty narrow in places and a little steep here and there but nothing above a moderate rating. We did lose the trail once and got started down a different trail going the wrong direction so use your map if you can. There were many places where the trail would split and meet again on the other side of a rock. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. We did not see any waterfalls but could tell where there would be waterfalls if there had been heavy rain. Everyone we met on the trail seemed very friendly. Definitely plan to go back.

Great trail with no crowds.

I'm not sure how this is considered dog friendly, but I would consider it very hard. I'm a 30 yr old, avid hiker and found this to be very challenging. the trail going up was almost impossible to follow, I had to keep stopping to see if I could find the next marker. I got off trail several times which made for some really sketchy dangerous climbs. The way down I actually found it easier to spot markers. Whoever said this is like a mini flat iron, I found this to be twice as hard as flat iron. Wear good shoes and don't give up. Use the map on this app as a guide. And be careful!! I got up in 2 hours and down in 2 hours and both included getting lost haha. I wouldn't recommend doing this hike alone... I wish I hadn't... But proud of myself for pushing through.

Awesome hike

Really liked this one. Close to town with a beautiful view of the city. Some tight rocks go thru. In a couple of places it might seem like you lost the trail but sure enough you have to go thru rocks in very tight spaces. It’s not hard, just fun. Not for big people maybe.

Absolutely spectacular. Unbeatable views!

We went the first part of March and I felt it was a perfect time to go to miss the crowds and heat. I did this hike several years ago in the summer and it was miserable. This time this hike was fantastic! Yes, it had it’s difficult moments but it was beautiful down and back and the falls were worth everything you go through. Great, great hike.

A group of 4 of us hiked the "Superstitions Death March" on March 1. The hike truly lived up to its name and was both spectacular and brutal at the same time. We started at Carney Springs and came down Flatiron. The views were spectacular and the trail well marked. Recommend a minimum of one gallon of water.

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