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One of the best hikes you will ever do!
If possible get an permit and stay the night in the canyon.
I have done this hike, top to bottom, in one day 5 or 6 times and each time I swear, “never again”, until the next time I get an opportunity.

You can’t camp at the top so you must shuttle, either a paid shuttle with Zion Adventure Company or another service or drive yourself. If you drive yourself you must go back and get your car. Springdale to the trailhead requires about 2 hours each way and much of that is on slow dirt roads.

The hike is amazing. Some friends from Alaska, not strangers to dramatic scenery, said it was the best hike they have ever done. Plan on at least 10 hours, if you are not in great shape it may take 12-14 hours. You will be wet, about 8-10 miles are in water. Depending on flow and time of year you may have to swim some sections. It is easy to put you head down and march on. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy where you are.

Take trekking poles or a walking stick. You will need it for the many crossings for balance and to feel the bottom for depth and to find solid footing. A stick is stronger and cheaper. I have seen many trekking pole fold in half.

Bring water shoes and neoprene socks. Bring a warm jacket in a dry bag and a change of clothes for when you are done. Even in July it can get cold in this canyon, even worse if you are wet. Don’t skimp on emergency gear. Bring a flashlight, lighter, emergency blanket, and food sufficient to last an extra day. It is easy to break an ankle or suffer an injury that will require an unplanned extended stay.

Hiked this one last year fantastically beautiful scenery! Spread out enough so it’s not too hard

Incredible during the winter!! Less people and you are able to enjoy the amazing beauty that is the Narrows ❤️

I’ve done the R2R five times and can’t imagine getting tired of it. If you’re thinking of it as a bucket list item, it’s worthy. Don’t skip Ribbon Falls.

You won’t find a hike in the world that compares with this experience.

Did it first with my wife when I was 66. Second time with my two daughters at 68. Spent three nights in the canyon and would do it again. I don’t agree that you have to be in tip top shape but it would help. Take your time, observe and enjoy. It’s not a race and as long as you hike out you WIN!!! That being said you must be careful with the heat and hydration.

Nothing like it

Exhausting and epic!! The vast and varied scenery along the way is unbelievable. Be prepared! Do not do this without adequate training and supplies. Hiking poles are a great asset! Make sure shoes fit correctly. I bruised my toes going down eight miles not having my boots laced correctly or not fitting right.
Bring layers. It was cold at the rims and very hot crossing the box at the bottom in May. I love this place. It’s a very Grand Canyon indeed!

Amazing backpacking experience rim to (almost) rim to rim. I did this with one other woman and a guide (through Wildland Trekking) last January 2017. It was a 6 day trip. Super gorgeous. I thought the hardest day was the first day descent down S. Kaibob to bright angel campground. My calfs were killing me! We then stayed two nights at Cottonwood Campground and tried to Summit the north rim but it was too snowy. So we explored around the area and then went back to Bright Angel campground for another night and then did the final night at Indian garden campground on the way up the bright angel trail. We had tons of snow. The trails down were even closed because of all the snow that fell while we were in the canyon. For us, that meant snow at the top and rain at the bottom. It was still an amazing time. I highly recommend Wildland Trekking if you're looking for a guided experience. And hiking the GC is winter is so awesome. The snow on the canyon is gorgeous and there are fewer people and no 100 heat!!

The trail is nice, one of my favorite places to do a one nighter and backpack through the trees. I have only done the western half, which is nice to start at General Springs and go clockwise. The general crook/rim road portion is brutally boring, and even more miserable going counter clockwise.

Also, a word of caution, you cross several dry creek beds and washes, however if it rains heavily, they will turn into rivers, and are uncrossable. No danger of a flash flood sweeping you away. But I did get stranded for an extra night bc the water cut me off. I knew it was going to rain and had gear, just wasn’t anticipating getting stuck. And I’m not exaggerating, the creek beds got deeper than waist height, and we’re flowing close to 10mph, I tried crossing y several points but between hidden boulders and trees below the water, and the current, it was pulling me over before I got even a third of the way across. So, double check the weather report.

Rent your neoprene socks, boots, and walking stick!

amazing way to spend a day hiking.

The best backpacking trip I've experienced! Took 5 days to do it. Started down south Kaibab and stayed first night at bright angel campground. Day 2 hiked to cottonwood campground and stayed the night there. Day 3 day hiked to north rim and back and stayed at cottonwood again. Day 4 hiked back to bright angel campground and stayed the night there. Day 5 hiked out via bright angel trail.

The weather was perfect! Never dropped below 45 and the Cottonwoods were turning yellow.

I have bad knees so the hike down the South and North rims were brutal and slow. Did the hike up and out from bright angel campground in a little under 4 hours.

This was my first time doing the R2R. I just want to say it was so amazing! Loved every moment backpacking through the north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Amazing waterfalls my group saw along the way was spectacular! I would totally do this again.

One of the best trails in the country. Highly recommend it.

This was such an awesome hike. Took four days to hike it.

I dare say this is the best trail in the canyon.

Finished in 10.5 hours with plenty of resting time in between. Water is not a problem. In November phantom ranch and manzanita were good refill stops.

It’s a great hike. I️ feel lame and hypercritical giving it fewer than five stars. But to be honest, the hike didn’t really resonate with me. It’s quite crowded and much of the time spent hiking is in a smaller inner canyon that while pleasant and striking at times is not the epic vista that one thinks of when picturing the Grand Canyon. The trail itself is very well maintained — almost to the point of feeling overly manicured and overly engineered. There’s very little sense of exploration while on this trail.

Absolutely awesome introduction into backpacking. Spent 3 nights in the canyon. Cottonwood, Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campsites. Must see is Ribbon Falls and Plateau Point. Views are breathtaking throughout the hike. Day 1 is a tough downhill decent and day 4 is uphill the whole way. Highly recommend.

We went the opposite way of Bright Angle to N Kaibab. Steep climb and with a pack was brutal, but what amazing views

We loved this one second time for me and wife wants to do it again

was amazing and the climb up the north rim was tough 7 miles and about 5000' in elevation. loved it!!!!

what a hike, I hiked as a grup from work. we started on the North rim @ 5:15 am and I didn't top out at the south rim until 6:20 pm. Water was ever where and not a problem. Went in with 3 liters of water and came out with 1 liter and 541 pictures. Take your time and soak up every mile of this hike. It us by far one of the best hikes I have ever been on.

Spectacular!!! Did it as a long day hike. Later in October gave us some very favorable weather. Never too hot and never too cold.

4 months ago

Bring a good pair of water shoes! This hike won’t disappoint. Keep an eye on the weather and take out what you bring in (that means wag bags

Hard- yes but worth every sore muscle. Absolutely amazing!!

We did the rainbow bridge boat tour. The boat ride there is incredible! It is 2 hours there and 2 hours back but so worth it. You get an hour and a half at the rainbow bridge. Since we did the tour the hike was about a mile. The view from the boat was spectacular! When you start the hike you can see the rainbow bridge in the distance. We went in October so not a lot of water under the rainbow bridge.

We did 3 days and 2 nights. Just amazing and beautiful. Looking for to do it again.

What a hike! Seemed as though every bend brought new beautiful views. This is a must do for anyone that enjoys a challenge. Planning on making this hike a yearly tradition.

10/10/2017 We hiked North Kaibab down to Phantom Ranch in about 5 hours. The weather was cool and the fall colors in the canyon were beautiful. We played too long at the beach and didn’t leave until 3 pm. Didn’t have time to see much of Indian Garden just passed right through. Had to use our cell phones for light on the trail as the sun goes down around 6:15 this time of year. Made it out at 8pm. Wasn’t planning on hiking in the dark but saw the most spectacular star show in the sky!

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