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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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As expected, unbelievable views. We got the permit for July, it is extremely hot, it was 114° in shade at Bright Angel campground. So better plan your days accordingly. The creek provides relief, we spent all our times during the day in it, otherwise it’s unbearable. This year because of COVID 19 way less people, which is really great. We had the small group site section at Bright Angel all to ourselves. Unbelievable. At Cottonwood only one other site was taken, no large groups at all. The hike out from Cottonwood back to the North Rim is brutal, so start early. Last water source is Manzanita so take extra. You will need it!!!

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Started down at sunrise and made my way back up in the middle of the day, not advisable. There is at least one stretch with no shade for a mile and the desert turns into a kiln with no where to hide. If you only have a day and can’t get a permit to camp like myself, it may be a good idea to spend a few hours down by the river until sun starts to hide a little. Probably one of the best hikes in the country.

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Loved this trail! Start early in the morning for the trip down to Phantom Ranch, so you don't get caught in the afternoon sun. No water stops on this trail, so make sure to bring plenty of water and salty snacks to get you down to the bottom where you should be able to replenish your water. Beautiful and diverse views, unlike any other in the world that I know of.

John Langan reviewed New Hance Trail
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HikingBlowdownNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Lots of rock slides make finding the trail tricky. Not maintained anymore. Very tough hike.

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HikingNo shade

This is a gorgeous trail and only loses a star because of the traffic. This is a heavily used trail. Not as busy as Angel Bright but much busier than many I have done. I completed this as a day hike and started before sunrise. Hung out for a snack at Phantom Ranch but decided to leave the people and go find someplace a little quieter. Going back over the black bridge, there is a faint trail that takes you to the river. I hung out there with my legs in the water for about an hour. It was early afternoon and not the best time to start going uphill but I soaked my clothes and refilled my water. Yes, there is water at the ranch but I like filtering out of the river. Walked a mile, maybe two, up to the rest area that has a vault toilet and large shelter with a table inside. There was nobody around and it was very windy so in the shade of the shelter the heat of the day was not an issue. I took my shoes & socks off to nap on the table for a couple hours while I waited for the hottest part of the day to pass. It was incredibly windy the entire walk back up and I ate more than one sand sandwich. There were a couple times I stopped walking and put my back against the rocks to let the wind pass without knocking me over the edge. There isn't much shade on this trail but a few places to rest a moment out of the sun. There were less people on my way up as I think many take the Bright Angel up through Indian Gardens. Nice trail, easy to follow, bring water, sunscreen and a hat, respect the weather and you will have a great time.

Baruch Gottesman reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch
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The canteen at Phanton Ranch has re-opened for outdoor service only. Beautiful and relatively easy going downhill. Pay close attention to the heat (that includes being careful about timing) because the uphill to Indian Gardens/Bright Angel is grueling. Did the descent and then the ascent through Indian Garden in one day, but should be at least a 2-day adventure unless you're looking for a marathon-style challenge.

Emilee Melton reviewed Tanner Trail
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

I have hiked many trails in the canyon and did R2R2R last year which I thought was the best the canyon had to offer. This trail comes in a very, very close 2nd. Alltrails GPS shows the trailhead as being basically over the side of the view point railing. The trailhead is just before you get to the parking lot so don't jump. The first few miles are steep but with poles and a slower pace it is very doable. I did fall twice on loose rocks the first mile or so. The views are absolutely incredible. The Colorado river peaks out from below a few times during your decent which is so amazing to see. There was a fire close to the North rim when I was there so in the early morning it was hazy from the smoke but it cleared out by mid-morning. There is a long traverse on ground up red rocks which is sloped just enough that your toes know it. Then you get to a dry river bed and follow it to the Colorado river. There is a small beach right along the water with the rocks in the shallow water big enough to sit on and soak your feet while enjoying a snack and filtering water. This area is also shaded and cool. I carried 4L of water which was the perfect amount for my decent, drank a liter while at the river and filtered 4L for the hike up. I used electrolyte tablets which I highly advise as it is very hot on this trail. My sweat evaporated before my clothes had time to get damp and I was crusted in a fine salt layer when I was finished. Be prepared for a very hot hike if you go during the summer months but it is absolutely worth every step.I didn't see another person until I got back up to the viewpoint.

John Morawetz reviewed South Bass Trail
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Wonderful trail as long as the road is dry and you get to the trailhead. It’s been a long time since I was there and there now is only designated camping on the rim. Take water, camp on the plateaus half way down and then hike down and filter the Colorado River water.

Jessica Scoratow reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch
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absolutely beautiful and extremely strenuous. There is water available at phantom at the bottom. fantastic adventure!!!

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I did this trail as part of my rim to rim on May 15th, opening day for the North rim. The weather was perfect. Definitely use hiking poles they will save you from falling. I would suggest getting a much earlier start than we did but we couldn't get in the park until the gates opened. Take your time to stop and look around the views are breathtaking. Make sure you check before you start your hike to see where the water is on at. During the winner at the North pipes had burst so we only had one place where we could get water until we hit the very bottom Phantom ranch area. People who had not planned for this were not doing very well.

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This was not an incredibly lengthy hike but it is very steep. I'm not exactly the tallest person and I felt like some of the steps down were very tall. I definitely would recommend hiking poles. They saved me from falling a couple times. I had never used them before this hike and they were invaluable. Get started early and hike a couple miles down and find a great place to watch the sunrise. It's a nice chance to take a break and get a snack and the photos are amazing.

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My wife and I, along with 4 kids (ages 2, 7, 10, and 13) hiked down to Phantom Ranch a couple of weeks ago. We spent a night at the bottom and then hiked out the next day. I’m writing the review because I didn’t see many comments about taking kids down to PR. I highly recommend it! First, we carried our 2 year old using an Osprey pack. For the other kids, we trained for months (walking stairs, hiking, and running up to 6 miles at a time). My kids aren’t superstar athletes but I was surprised how enthusiastically they embraced the training. They REALLY wanted to camp at the bottom and they trained hard. Here are a few tips: 1. Take a lot less stuff (even if you’re using mules to haul gear like we did); 2. Walking sticks (or just one) was very helpful even for the kids; 3. Even without rain you have to cross many streams so waterproof shoes helped the kids. 4. And finally - don’t listen to the naysayers who might discourage you from taking kids. We camped next to another family who had a 2 year old, and the rangers say they frequently see families with kids.

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HikingNo shade

Hiked down to Bright Angel CG and stayed two nights then hiked out. Took three hours down and would definitely recommend trekking poles. Some of the steps are made for mules, not humans. Took four hours to hike out. Only three tough uphill stretches but be prepared for a serious weather change. Started in shorts and t-shirt but ended with long sleeves, wool hat, and gloves and was chilly.

Kim Garduño reviewed Tanner Trail
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HikingIcyMuddyRocky

beautiful

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Katherine Hahn reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch
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My sister and I did this full out-and-back hike yesterday. Negligible icy patches near the top. Easily avoidable - no need for crampons. We started at 7:15am. Total hiking time was 6.5 hours plus an hour hanging out, eating, refilling water, etc. at the bottom. We finished the hike just before 3pm. Beautiful hike! Definitely a good workout. Boy were we tired by the end, but so worth it! Be sure to being sun protective clothing, sunscreen, ample salty snacks, and plenty of water. I went through nearly 4 litres and it was a fairly overcast day. There are water refill stations at the bottom at Phantom Ranch.

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