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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 10, 2020
Hiking

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.

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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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Hiking

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.

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HikingGreat!No shade

Hike down South Kaibab starting at 5am and up Bright Angel in one day on June 30th 2020. Took 7 hours. Hike is actually not as hard as one would imagine. We lucked out and it was a cooler day (high of 90). Definitely recommend going this direction. Bright Angel is not nearly as interesting a trail as South Kaibab. The last 3-4.5 miles were hard just cause it was getting towards noon and we were ready to be done. Remember to eat if you do this in one day. Your body will say you aren't hungry but you are. I ate and drank the whole way and my friend forgot to eat enough and got sick despite us both being early 30s in very good shape. We were severely warned (by people and by signs) not to try this in one day. Someone died on this hike 5 days prior due to heat exhaustion. While I would argue it was relatively easy for us to do it in one day (7 hours), would really recommend people to think twice if the weather is what it normally is in June (100+). Also, bring sunscreen obviously.

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Hiking

Beautiful, but challenging, my second time doing it in one day. There were almost no people, huge plus!!!

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I did this four years ago ( late July) tomorrow at age 55 by myself. Down South Kaibab and up Bright Angel, so around 17 miles. It took me just shy of 10 hours. One of my proudest moments. It was tough as hell. When I finished, I was completely spent. The last 3-4 miles were the hardest. At the time I was a marathon runner. I would not recommend this to most. I'm typically a camel and can and do run in SC for miles without water in the hot/humid summers. I respected my environment and the heat and took hydration seriously. I started at 4:30 a.m. (ungodly hour) and finished around 2:30 p.m. It was so worth it...

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Hiking

Did the first couple miles down and back up. Bring lots of water and some salty snacks. Very hot. Go in the afternoon when the sun is over the ridge so you have some shade.

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HikingNo shade

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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Hiking

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.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 4, 2020

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.

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HikingGreat!No shade

Great hike, but tough for a day hike! went with my 19 Grandson, I am 60 and in fairly good shape. Left the lodge at 530 AM , took us 90 min to get to the trailhead. Started down at 700 am, made to Phantom Ranch at 11. Tough on your toes (bruised) and Quads on the way down. Took an hour or longer lunch break, ate mostly snacks (fruit, nuts, chips, jerky, candy). Over 100 in PR that day, started back Bright Angel tough in the heat until we reached Indian Gardens, took another long break to re-hydrate at IG. Pipe Creek is a life saver next to the trail, we stopped a couple of times to cool off on the way up! We each had 3 L of Water, a couple of 24 oz Gatorades and tea, refilled my water bottles at PR and IG. I bet we drank 8-10 L of water. I would not recommend going back up South Kaibab in the summer afternoon sun! Beautiful hike for sure and well worth it! Made it back to the top right before sundown but had to hike back to the lodge. I figured we hiked about 23 miles for the day. Park fairly empty for summer with COVID! only saw a handful of people at PR and IG

Most amazing hike of my life! So far :) Completed South Kaibab to Bright Angel trailhead as a day hike. It took the whole day. I drank a total of 4L of water. Don’t forget to eat salt. I did it mid September 2019 which was a good time to go for weather and crowds. Definitely go down South Kaibab (my favorite part) and up Bright Angel. The South Kaibab has amazing views and the way down is like steps. Down was the easy part! Once you cross both bridges and start on the Bright Angel it is sandy and we got to see a big horn sheep and an elk hanging out together. There is very little/ no shade and no water until you get to Indian Gardens so be careful. Camel up at the campground 3 miles from Bright Angel trailhead and get ready for your legs to fall off. The switchbacks are insane when you finish you will feel like you conquered the world.

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Running

R2R2R complete! I went South to North to South, the most difficult part was the ascent back to the top of South Kaibab. I barely had enough water to make it that last 7 miles. beautiful trail, that south Kaibab has some of the greatest views I've ever seen. I was trying to break 12 hours and couldn't because I had to stop for photos.

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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.

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Hiking

6/14/20 - completed the rim to rim north to south over 2 days. North rim to cottonwood then cottonwood to Indian gardens. This trail seems short at 22 miles but Grand Canyon miles are no joke, add in the sun and it beats you up. Absolutely stunning hike. Campgrounds are a little small if you have more than 2 tents amongst your group. The hike from cottonwood to Indian garden was tougher then ascending the south rim. Start early, avoid the heat! Bucket list hike.

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Hiking

I did this in a day with my brother in early June. We started a little after 4:30 a.m., and it took us just under 14 hours. This is my general take after reading a lot about this hike beforehand, including the warnings: It was very challenging, but if you are in decent shape, are prepared and have the right attitude, go for it. You'll be more than happy you did. (For what it's worth, the longest hike I had done before this was 12-13 miles, and as for my fitness, I'm a casual runner, running 2-3 miles most nights of the week.) We cruised through the first half of this hike, descending the North Rim and making it to Phantom Ranch in mostly pleasant temps given the time of day. About a mile into the ascent up the South Rim, though, the sun was fully out and the challenge of it all — both mental and physical — really kicked in. We had to stop much more frequently and took longer breaks at the final three major checkpoints (Indian Garden, 3-Mile Resthouse and 1.5-Mile Resthouse). Thankfully the sun went behind the canyon shortly after the 3-Mile Resthouse, so the heat became less of a factor, but those final few miles were still grueling. To echo what many others have recommended: Bring plenty of water — each of us had a 2.5L CamelBak and a separate bottle for electrolyte tablets. Stop regularly for salty snacks. Soak your clothing in the creek to cool off. Take hiking poles. We ended up spending the next day on the South Rim and hiking back rim-to-rim the following day. That was an even harder hike because the North Rim is at a higher elevation, but a lot of the same tips/observations still apply.

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Hiking

We went down Bright Angel and up South Kaibab. Which I would not recommend only because there are no water refill stations going up Kaibab. Views are GORGEOUS. If you’re pressed on time I’d say South Kaibab is the prettier of the two. This hike wasn’t technical and it never was that steep. Good steady climb coming up South Kaibab. But the hike is harder than you think. With the downhill part first I believe it makes people feel more confident than they should. If you aren’t a conditioned hiker this might take you a good long while coming back out. My time would’ve been faster but my friend was suffering from some heat exhaustion. Another thing you should be worried about if you aren’t used to warmer weather and a hard hike.

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