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Kevin Charpentier reviewed North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs
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Hiked the trail today. Left at 7:45 AM and back up by 2pm with stops for breaks and pictures at the bridge on way down and Supai Tunnel on way back. Spend some time at the springs to cool off with the spring water. Refilled our water at the tunnel. I have read lots of complaints about mule crap, but it was not bad at all. It was hot today, but If you ate a seasoned hiker, it’s very manageable this time of year. There was more shade on the trail than I expected. I would recommend leaving trailhead earlier but we were staying over 1+ hours away.

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I completed this trail, Sept 2019, as the first half of my R2R2R. I completed the full hike in 25 hours going N to S during the day and back through the night. Was one of the best experiences of my life! However, next time I’ll go S to N so the last couple miles of my hike aren’t back up the North rim which are by far the hardest.

Challenging trail with great views. This trail definitely requires preparation: good hiking shoes/boots, plenty of water, first aid kit, food, etc. The spectacular view is worth the pain. Probably one to the more challenging trails due to the combination of sun exposure, heat, inclination, narrow trail path, and lack of cell phone reception.

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HikingGreat!No shade

I did this hike in July 2016 and July 2017, each time on the way to Lake Powell. Not the best time of the year...4 am Park Shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead, carrying minimal water. Tanked up a Phantom Ranch, where it was 116 degrees at 7 am. Water available in the Summer months every three miles on the way up (check ahead) as well as a stream to cool off in. A mile or so walking along the Colorado River was brilliant. 60 year old solo hiker is not the typical profile. A weird experience to get near the Rim on Bright Angel after giving all you have to hike pass ladies with handbags and wedge saddles dipping into the Canyon.

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HikingGreat!No shade

I did this hike on July 4th, 2018 as a one day point to point. I put a motorcycle on the back of my Honda Element and left it at the South Rim, then slept in the parking lot on the North Rim. 4 am start with an IPA on the South Rim around 5 O'clock. About 105 degrees at Phantom Ranch at 7 am. Wonderful experience, but not the ideal season.

Dale D'Alessandro reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Another epic Grand Canyon hike. Caution though, this trail is not recommended between June and October. There is no water along this trail and very little shade. This trail is much rougher than the Bright Angel trail. Their are deep ruts and tall steps. We got a late start and hiked in 110° sun. The steep downhill sections took a toll on our legs. Don’t let the fact that this route is much shorter than the Bright Angel Trail convince you to go this way. It’s a tougher trip. The last mile and a half, as we approached the Colorado River turned into a sauna! Even though the sun went down, heat radiated from the rocks and turned what little moisture there was in the air into steam! Reaching the river brought little relief from the heat and humidity until well after we retired for the night. It was a cool 58° by about 2:00 am.

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This is an epic hike made special by COVID-19. We hiked from Bright Angel Campground to the South Rim - Bright Angel trailhead and saw fewer than 10 people. It was only 115° but a dip in the Colorado River where the trail is about to head away from the river is a must! Keeping your core body temperature under control on this hike is critical. Caution! There is an aggressive squirrel near the beach that quickly chewed a whole in my new backpack. This trail follows several creeks that had plenty of cool water lower your core body temperature. There is not much shade on the bottom half of the hike, but if you rest at the Indian Gardens until 4:00 pm you will have a lot of shade the rest of the trip to the rim.

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HikingMuddy

Great views on this hike! We started around 10:20 am on a Saturday and returned around 4:20 pm with a number of lengthy stops. Don't ignore the Grand Canyon map that tells you there are mules on the trail -- at least on weekends its seems they run 2 groups at 9/10 am and 1pm to the tunnel, making it difficult to avoid people and covering the trail in mule excrement. There is a water station at the tunnel. After the tunnel it gets much less crowded but is fully exposed to the sun and very steep. The 0.6 miles from the bridge to the tunnel are the most difficult, and the last 0.7 miles from the overlook to the parking lot are the most disgusting.

Vincenzo Infante reviewed Indian Garden via Bright Angel Trail
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HikingNo shade
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Family of 4 , kids 10 and 13. Day 1 - hiked from the North Kaibab to Phantom Ranch which is around 14 miles. We started at 2:30 am to avoid the Sun. Reached Phantom Ranch around 9:30am. We did not see a single hiker till we reached PR. Day 2 - Started from Phantom Ranch to the Bright Angel Trail. Started at 2:15 am. Reached around 8:15 am. Saw about 10 hikers close to the Bright Angel Trail. COVID observations: Not many people doing the hike. Phantom Ranch was almost empty. All the facilities are taking precautions like : using masks , keeping a distance , hand sanitizers. Dining in is closed. Common restroom areas and showers are restricted. Hike tips : Carry electrolytes and lots of water. It is best to avoid a hike after 9 am. Plan accordingly.

Darcy Copeland reviewed Indian Garden via Bright Angel Trail
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HikingGreat!

A strenuous trail with incredible views to get you up close and personal with the canyon. It took me and my partner about and a half hours. We got a late start at 6:30am, but I would recommend starting as early as 4 or 5 am if you can manage it to avoid the heat of summers (and crowds—it wasn’t crazy, but for a weekday morning we were passing quite a few people—arriving earlier allows more time in basking in the serenity of the canyon). The way down was easy, the path well maintained (aside from mule droppings), and there are spots to refill water bottles every 1.5 miles. If it weren’t for the refill stations, I definitely wouldn’t have made it back up the 3,000 ft in elevation. Overall it was an amazing experience that granted me a real sense of kinship, appreciation, and deeper sense of awe for the canyon and the tribes who occupied it as a sacred space so long ago.

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The trail is maintained really well. While we hiked, we saw employees fixing spots. Same advice as everyone else- start early and take water. We passed some rangers on the way down and told them our original plan of making it out to plateau- he said it would be like walking on a frying pan at that time of day. We started at 730 finished before noon.

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Not as hard as people make it out to be. Very scenic.

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HikingGreat!No shade

Absolutely breathtaking views. Hiked in early July. Headed out around 8am with a plan to turn around at the tunnel but couldn’t stop myself from going further. Finished around noon or so and was glad I didn’t go further - it gets hot down there! Listen to the warnings and don’t go as far down as you think you can - I felt great coming up but my partner who went further the day before had a very difficult time on the climb up. Extreme dehydration impacts even the most fit! Bring salty snacks, sugary snacks, and twice the water you think you’d need.

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Since the temperatures on the canyon Floor were 124 last night ( per 3 men we met coming back up from camping down there) we went to the Rest House 1.5 miles down. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE EVERYONE SAYING COMING UP IS HARD!! Going down was a walk in the park- we hit the trail at 5:45 AM just after sunrise got back up just before 10 because coming back up was grueling and it was already super hot!! We hen at our turn around point we kept looking down the trail discussing going further-I am so glad we didn’t ! I would like to come back some day in cooler weather and give the full trail a shot! It was incredible though- saw mountain goats eating early in the morning too!

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Had a nice hike down to the scenic overlook. It was well worth the trip! Note, hike down is easy, but unseasoned hikers might find the trip back up to be moderate. There are plenty of places to stop for a break. Enjoy!

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HikingGreat!

hiked down to Plateau Point and it is tough, but the payoff that the bottom was worth it!

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What an unbelievable hike! Our group started at about 5PM and finished a bit after 11PM. I cannot recommend this timing highly enough. Despite 110F temps in at the Indian Gardens on our way down, we had shade nearly the entire time, making the hiking very manageable. We reached the river at 7:30PM in time to enjoy the cool water. We then had the pleasure of hiking 3.5 hours out of the canyon by moonlight. It was a practically a new adventure, with the nearly full moon providing enough light to not warrant headlamps and casting gorgeous shadows all over the canyon walls. I will second other recommendations to bring plenty of salty snacks and add that iodine/chlorine tablets are necessary for refilling water at the river.

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Magnificent views the entire way! One of the best trails I’ve ever done. Water stations during both rest points (unlike this South Kaibab trail) so you can pack a little lighter. Strenuous way back up. Saw bighorn sheep in the top section of the hike. The rangers recommend avoiding the hike between 10am and 4pm (due to the heat) so we tried going early. We are athletic and the entire hike with stops took a little less than 4.5 hours.

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Breath taking views and a very well kept trail. There are bathrooms and water every 1.5 miles which is very convenient. My boyfriend and I started around 5:30 am and it took us 2 hours to reach Plateau Point at a jogging pace. We stopped a few times for water along the way too. On our way back up, it took us about 2.5-3 hours at a steady pace. We made quick stops for water but wanted to beat the heat. There was plenty of shade along the way but you definitely need to bring lots of water. The trek back up is a tough one but the views are completely worth it.

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