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    Member Since December 2018

    Kim Crudele

    Freehold, New Jersey 

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    Kim Crudele reviewed South Kaibab, Phantom Ranch, and Bright Angel Trail Loop

    8 days ago

    Hiking down South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch is definitely a leg buster. Started at 6:30am before the sun was up, but by around 7am there was full sun all the way to the bottom. No water on the trail, so make sure you pack enough. Made it down to Phantom Ranch around 11:30am. The last mile or so from Black Bridge to Phantom Ranch was definitely the hardest for us. Flat, but brutally hot compared to the rest of the hike and seemed to go on forever. It was nice to be rewarded with an ice cold lemonade purchased from the PR canteen, but it was several hours before we were allowed to check into our cabin, so there was nothing to do but sit in the canteen in our sweaty gear with our belongings until we were able to get a room and take a shower.

    Nice to have a hot meal, hot shower, bed, electricity, air conditioning and plumbing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon after a difficult hike. The electricity did go out for a few hours after we got our cabin, but the hot water still worked and they were still able to put out a hot meal for us. The 2 of us stayed in a 4 person cabin with bunk beds.

    Bright Angel is definitely the way to make the trek out. We started around 5:30am after the first breakfast at PR, with headlamps, and watched the sun come up over various parts of the canyon as we hiked along. The first 5 miles to Indian Garden is relatively easy...after that gets steeper. Definitely recommend getting to that point of the hike as early in the morning as possible. We left Indian Gardens by about 8am which allowed us to get out of the canyon by noon, with relatively little sun on the trails. We didn’t come across any other hikers until we reached Devil’s Corkscrew, and after that there were a fair amount of hikers, which made us feel more comfortable after some of the isolation of hiking alone (but not crowded until you get to 3 mile resthouse and above). Good access to water on this trail due to the water pipeline, and numerous areas with creek access in case of emergency need to filter water.

    Definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

    Kim Crudele reviewed Mono Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele completed Mono Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele completed Sunset Rock

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele reviewed Sunset Rock

    about 1 month ago

    Very short trail. I think it was only actually about 1 mile out and back. We parked at the top and you get to the Mount Mansfield Overlook almost immediately, then it’s a only a short downhill to Sunset Rock. Rest of the trail after that is short - then just a climb back up to the lot. A couple decent views but nothing spectacular. Took about 30 minutes total including stopping to look at the views. No one else on the trail.

    Kim Crudele reviewed Bingham Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Easy 1/2 mile hike. Trail down to the water was steep, very wet and muddy. I would get there early - when we were finishing our hike around 9:30am the parking area was starting to get full and crowds of people were starting to head down to swim near the falls with their kids.

    Kim Crudele completed Bingham Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele saved Cady Hill Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele saved Wiessner Woods

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele reviewed Long Trail to the Chin and Profanity Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Definitely a difficult hike but worth it for the view. We had researched the hike ahead of time including where to park, but that ended up getting us lost because the trailhead was recently rerouted and the parking areas we had read about online were blocked off (according to a local we spoke with afterwards). When coming from Stowe on 108, just past the Stowe Mountain Resort you will see the Hikers/Visitors Information Center (brown building on your right), and across the street a large parking lot that is at the bottom of the Stowe gondola ride. The parking lot has a sign that says ‘Long Trail Parking’ and across the street, in the parking lot of the Visitors Center, is a large sign marking the trailhead to the Long Trail. The trail starts out going over a marsh on a boardwalk but after a very short walk there is a trail marker pointing you off to the left, to cross over 108 where the trail used to begin. It was really that simple and we felt stupid for having driven around aimlessly listening to people online rather than looking at what was right in front of us!

    The trail was muddy and wet at times which made the rocky portions slippery. We were a little worried about the difficulty of the rock scrambles after the Taft Lodge based on information we had read online, so we chose to take the Long Trail to Profanity Trail to the Chin which we had heard was the easier route. It was certainly not an ‘easy’ route but as far as the rock scrambles went, it was doable and nothing too frightening.

    Also, as a side note, we heard from staff at the Visitors Center that if you make it up but can’t hike back down, you can hike the Long Trail along the ridge line to the Cliff Trail which will take you down the the gondolas to take you back down to the parking lot where you left your car. The gondola ride down is free. This was good to know because we were expecting bad weather to come in on the day of our hike and we weren’t sure what the second half of the day would hold for us.

    Kim Crudele saved Mill Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele saved Bingham Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kim Crudele saved Englewood Trail

    9 months ago