Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Grand Canyon National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My wife and I hiked SK to PR to BA all in one day. The longest hike we had done prior to this one was 10 miles and moderate. We did not physically prepare for this hike. Our active life consist of me going to the gym 2-3 times a week and 3-5 days for my wife, we walk our dogs daily. I am 36 years old and my wife is 32. We parked at the visitor center and took the Orange line to SK. We started our descent at 8 am, 30 minutes after the sunrise since it took us a few minutes to figure out where to park and where to start and the bus lines. Hope this helps if you're trying to figure out where to park and where to start. It took us 3 hours and 40 minutes to hike down to Phantom Ranch. I do have to admit we took our time soaking it all in and we took plenty of snap chats and pics. The way down was not that hard for us. We took a 30 min lunch break at PR. We had a stale bagel there. Don't expect much down there other than dry cold salty snacks. We took 2.5 hours to hike up to Indian Garden. Now the final 4.5 was excruciating and this is where the mental toughness kicked in and got us through last leg. We packed head lamps just in case we could not make it out before sunset and we ended up needing them since the sun set at 5:30 and we finished at 6:30 pm. The weather was perfect 30/40. This was by far the most epic, amazing, difficult, brave, and rewarding hike we have ever done. If you do not live an active lifestyle, I would not recommend this hike.

I've done the South Kaibab twice. Once, just down and back with my brother & then once with my husband through Phantom ranch & back up bright angel. Both times we didn't camp and just hiked from morning til evening, but the blisters and tiredness were awesome because you just hiked the Grand Canyon!
I cannot stress enough that you do not hike the canyon unless you are physically able and have ample supplies to keep you hydrated and fueled!
The first time hiking we helpped a man and his son you had no water or gear & were in trouble. The second time there was a father who had brought all his children, the youngest of which was a 10 year old girl whose longest hike before this was a 3 mile flat road hike!! We passed them a few times and vice versa, and by the time we were headed up the bright angel this sweet little girl was exhausted and in tears!! This is a hard hike! Please be prepared!!

I've done the South Kaibab twice. Once, just down and back with my brother & then once with my husband through Phantom ranch & back up bright angel. Both times we didn't camp and just hiked from morning til evening, but the blisters and tiredness were awesome because you just hiked the Grand Canyon!
I cannot stress enough that you do not hike the canyon unless you are physically able and have ample supplies to keep you hydrated and fueled!
The first time hiking we helpped a man and his son you had no water or gear & were in trouble. The second time there was a father who had brought all his children, the youngest of which was a 10 year old girl whose longest hike before this was a 3 mile flat road hike!! We passed them a few times and vice versa, and by the time we were headed up the bright angel this sweet little girl was exhausted and in tears!! This is a hard hike! Please be prepared!!

Exhausting and epic!! The vast and varied scenery along the way is unbelievable. Be prepared! Do not do this without adequate training and supplies. Hiking poles are a great asset! Make sure shoes fit correctly. I bruised my toes going down eight miles not having my boots laced correctly or not fitting right.
Bring layers. It was cold at the rims and very hot crossing the box at the bottom in May. I love this place. It’s a very Grand Canyon indeed!

Leave as early as possible! To do this trail, I camped just outside of the National Park property the night before. I was on the trail by 4:00 am in attempt to beat the heat. The descent can really start to hurt your hips. Once you hit the Colorado River, re-stock up on water before going back up Bright Angel. It still got hot on the way up the canyon, despite leaving so early in the day. After hours and hours of pain climbing back up, reaching the top was an amazing feeling. I will definitely be doing this again!

Amazing backpacking experience rim to (almost) rim to rim. I did this with one other woman and a guide (through Wildland Trekking) last January 2017. It was a 6 day trip. Super gorgeous. I thought the hardest day was the first day descent down S. Kaibob to bright angel campground. My calfs were killing me! We then stayed two nights at Cottonwood Campground and tried to Summit the north rim but it was too snowy. So we explored around the area and then went back to Bright Angel campground for another night and then did the final night at Indian garden campground on the way up the bright angel trail. We had tons of snow. The trails down were even closed because of all the snow that fell while we were in the canyon. For us, that meant snow at the top and rain at the bottom. It was still an amazing time. I highly recommend Wildland Trekking if you're looking for a guided experience. And hiking the GC is winter is so awesome. The snow on the canyon is gorgeous and there are fewer people and no 100 heat!!

Really nice hike, perfect way to fully enjoy and discover the grand canyon.

We did it late December and had perfect conditions, just a little snow near the rim on the 2nd day. The hike is long but not difficult: the trail is well maintained and rated for stock.

One of the best hikes I have done.

Took 3.5 hours to get down to Phantom Ranch. I’m a fast walker so I had to tell myself to stop and enjoy the phenomenal views. Slipped a few times. Definitely bring hiking poles. Amazing hike.

Hiked SK to PR to BA in two days Thanksgiving week. The weather was perfect. Awesome experience and so unlike anything I've ever done before. The Park Rangers say that less than 1% of the park's annual visitors hike to the bottom of the canyon and back. I am proud of this accomplishment.

amazing way to spend a day hiking.

The best backpacking trip I've experienced! Took 5 days to do it. Started down south Kaibab and stayed first night at bright angel campground. Day 2 hiked to cottonwood campground and stayed the night there. Day 3 day hiked to north rim and back and stayed at cottonwood again. Day 4 hiked back to bright angel campground and stayed the night there. Day 5 hiked out via bright angel trail.

The weather was perfect! Never dropped below 45 and the Cottonwoods were turning yellow.

I have bad knees so the hike down the South and North rims were brutal and slow. Did the hike up and out from bright angel campground in a little under 4 hours.

This was my first time doing the R2R. I just want to say it was so amazing! Loved every moment backpacking through the north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Amazing waterfalls my group saw along the way was spectacular! I would totally do this again.

One of the best trails in the country. Highly recommend it.

This was such an awesome hike. Took four days to hike it.

Amazing experience. Kaibab in rough shape.

I dare say this is the best trail in the canyon.

Finished in 10.5 hours with plenty of resting time in between. Water is not a problem. In November phantom ranch and manzanita were good refill stops.

It’s a great hike. I️ feel lame and hypercritical giving it fewer than five stars. But to be honest, the hike didn’t really resonate with me. It’s quite crowded and much of the time spent hiking is in a smaller inner canyon that while pleasant and striking at times is not the epic vista that one thinks of when picturing the Grand Canyon. The trail itself is very well maintained — almost to the point of feeling overly manicured and overly engineered. There’s very little sense of exploration while on this trail.

Absolutely amazing hike, but definitely no walk in the park. Took us a little under 7 1/2 hrs, including stops.

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