4 days ago

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.

over grown
4 days ago

Got a question for those who have completed the Hermit recently. I last went down the trail on 1967. (Was a Geology student a5 NAU at the time). Back then, there was the camp dump which contained numerous bottles, cans and a broken down Model T. Additionally, there was an overhang in camp which could be used as a shelter. 2or3 old beds w/springs rested there. Reason I am asking is I am planning to hike the Hermit one more time come come next May. Too old to do it in one day, plan one day down, one to river and a third back up. Having to camp out for 2 nights the overhang would be handier than lacking a tent. Got some pics somewhere, if I can find them will add to post, so all you youngsters can see what was there 50+ years ago.

awesome hike beautiful views only went down 2 hours limited time, harder on the way back up the trailer

Unforgettable experience - hiked down and out in a day last May. Challenging, and so worth it. Can’t wait to do it again!

Amazing hike and something I will never forget!

Amazing views. Be prepared for all conditions. Bring water - lots of it! Bring another pair of socks. Snow at the top hot at the bottom! Can’t wait to go back! This trail is not for the weak at heart and you should be in decent physical condition to eliminate the chance of coming back up in a stretcher or on someone’s back.

absolutely beautiful and extremely strenuous. There is water available at phantom at the bottom. fantastic adventure!!!

Far exceeded my expectations! Definitely lives up to the hype! God’s creation is truly astonishing!!

This will be a challenge, expect to start early morning if you want to complete the whole trail on half a day. It took 8.5 hrs to do just half the trail and went mid way. Bring plenty of water, backpack, and plenty of power bars. Hiking sticks are very recommended and a solid pair of boots. The views will be absolutely incredible!!

Favorite hike I’ve ever done. Hiked down South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trailhead as a day hike in early October 2019. Weather was perfect - not too hot but perfectly warm! Not recommended to do this as a day hike but doable for avid hikers. Took us about 7 hours including stops. Last 3 miles were most brutal when the change in altitude starts to hit. Just make sure to bring plenty of water!

Fun, crowded trail and a sort of American Pilgrimage. So many have treaded on this great trail and it is a privilege to be among them. We went as far as we could go without an overnight pass, and back up the steep incline. We loved every moment, even when a pesky chipmunk raided our backpack!

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.

I've done this hike 3 times. It's beautiful and every time I do it I notice something different. Take your time to look around and watch for wildlife too.

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.

I had had hiked the Grand Canyon twice before and had never gone out to Plateau Point. It was absolutely worth the added mile in each direction for this gorgeous view. It's an easy walk, no incline. We took a break at Indian Garden and got more water before and after we headed out to the point. There is no shade on this trail.

The rim to rim hike is absolutely stunning. It's an amazing adventure and endurance challenge. There is something spiritual about hiking the Grand Canyon. I planned for many months for this adventure. There's so much that goes into it and it is totally worth it. Everything from trying to figure out where to park the car, how to take a shuttle to the North rim, where to stay at the North rim, Phantom Ranch reservations, how much food to bring, what's the best pack to carry, how much water do I need, what water stations are on? Remember to check before you make this trip and be sure water is on. I ran into many hikers going up to the North rim that were out of water but there had been a water line burst and there was no more water for them and they were in a bad way. This is a beautiful hike but be smart and plan ahead.

Bright Angel, wow! This is an absolutely breathtaking hike. There is something spiritual about hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Very simple trail but the best views!! I only hiked a couple km out of the whole trail. Make sure you have your camera!

Ive done rim to rim from south north and north to south. I think I prefer north to south. I recorded the hike in 4k - posted on my channel for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

2 months ago

Amazing hike - recommend to start early, morning light on this hike was amazing. I recorded the hike in 4k - posted on my channel for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

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.

The NPS is closing all corridor trails, Bright Angel, South Kaibab, and North Kaibab, as of 12pm noon on Friday March 27th until further notice.

Rained quite a bit when I hiked this, certainly killed some of the joy, cold and wet and the trail quickly became a slog through mud, sometimes thick, sometimes extremely slick. Getting back to the top came with some satisfaction but mostly just relief. Still would much prefer this type of weather than a hot summer day though, just have some good boots and not running shoes like me. Super nice views of course. The area was a lot greener than I expected, especially the Bright Angel half. South Kaibab had better views and more of the type of views that I expected. It was raining but I still had decent visibility which was fortunate, heavy fog didn't come in until I was on the home stretch on Bright Angel.

We were here when the nps wasn’t offering their shuttle from bright angel and were hoping cars would be able to go to the end. No buses or cars due to covid though we saw several cars and a rv that ran the barricade and went by headed west as we hiked the rim. Awesome views and not one person on the trail. Definitely socially distanced! Wished we could have driven to the end and hiked out of there. Hope the nps will rethink their cars policy during the covid ordeal.

no shade
2 months ago

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.

Great hike, definitely recommend going down South Kaibab and up Bright Angel. There was a little ice on the first few switchbacks down South Kaibab that was unavoidable, but it may have all melted by the afternoon.

Hiked on Monday 3/16/2020. Started Bright Angel Trail at 7:30am and ended at South Kaibab Trailhead around 3:45pm. Easy way down with lots of switchbacks. Its about 6miles down. First three miles have two stops for bathrooms. Met some people who said to take South Kaibab up if we want a loop trail instead of out and back. So we went to the bottom of the grand canyon, dipped our feet in the Colorado River at the little beach at the bottom around 11. Then started going towards Phantom Ranch and had to cross a bridge to get there. They had water at Phantom and bathrooms! From Phantom, we crossed the brown bridge then went up South Kaibab. South Kaibab is about a 7.1mile trail with not as much shade. Great day overall, hard hike but not impossible, would do it again in a heart beat! Make sure you are prepared and know your limits, if you hike a lot of 14ers, its similar to that but opposite direction:)

I got carried away with the views and went all the way to the river. For someone of average fitness level, this was a tall order. Was 3.5 hrs down 6 hrs back. I’m glad I finished but it wasn’t smart, especially solo.

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