Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Not the most experienced hikers, so the trek back up was pretty rough. Worth the views. Try to avoid mid-day sun and bring lots of water. You’ll need it on the way back. Beautiful trail, just remember you’ll need to walk all the way back up to the top.....so be cautious not to tire yourself out on the way down!

Great hike. Only made it to the 1.5 mile mark cause I started late afternoon and it was hot. Amazing views the entire hike.

I traveled this trail las July down to phantom Ranch and back up the same way . It’s a difficult climb if your not prepared. Bring a good hat , plenty of water for the trail is dry except for the river water . I’m from Texas so the heat was not so bad for me but others people on the trail was dropping like flys. lol lots of tents set up on the trail the next morning. Beautiful views but come prepared to high step 5000 times !

2 days ago

Very easy and level trail for all ages and levels. You start the trail at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. You get some gorgeous views and photos. My husband and I did this in 5 hours, but we stopped frequently for pictures, restroom breaks and lunch. Wear sunscreen and bring a few bottles of water as the sun is strong and it gets very hot. Highly recommend!

worth every bit of the pain.

I haven't hiked much and was looking for a challenge. This certainly was a challenge on the way back up. Had to take frequent breaks, but I made it.

Did the whole loop with the spring, absolutely amazing and worth it. All that's written is correct, so take a lot of water (I drank 6.5L, not sure it was enough), bring salty foods and use this fantastic app to help you find the way, as it's not marked at all (if you zoom in on all parts of the trail when you're online, the map will remain clear even when you're offline and the GPS signal is great throughout the trail, so you can see exactly where you are all the time).

hiking
4 days ago

Overall straight forward hike. Easy enough path to follow with elevation increases fairly often in a short distance. Great views 90% of the hike. A great intro to the Canyon.

walking
6 days ago

We walked the whole thing, which clocked in at more like 15 miles at the end of the day with all the lookout points and whatnot. It’s not hiking; it’s walking at a well-marked and often paved path. Stunning views. Can do all of it or any portions you want with the free shuttle situation.

started around noon and not nearly as busy (or hot) as expected especially once past ooh ah point. most of the trail is sand covered stairs, winding down the canyon wall at the start and then extending out into the middle of the canyon, which can be slippery in sections and is the only reason for not being 5 stars. views are incomparable!

Hiked in one day on Sept 11. On trail at 3:35 am, make sure you go to Ribbon Falls! Arrived at Phantom noon. 102 in the shade. Took frequent stops to dip shirt, hat & bandanna in Creek. Amazingly refreshing that Bright Angel Creek is near most of the way til PR. Hardest part was from River Resthouse to Indian Garden because of intense heat. We powered through, reached IG at 3:15. Soaked in the Creek, ate more salty crap and trudged on. Passed 3 mile and 1 1/2 mile without stopping. Watched the sunset and asked ourselves WTH is that TH?!? Arrived BA TH at 6:53 with that feeling of accomplishment you get when you train really hard for a year. I wouldn’t change one single thing-if you do this hike in one day: train, train, train.

hiking
7 days ago

Wonderful views and I nice easy walk but to many people

Fabulous!
Did the hike on 9/12/18
The downhill was a killer on the old knees .gorgeous!

Very challenging hike. Agree with others that there was lots of mule dung, but it didn’t really bother myself or my husband. However, we both grew up near farms in the country. The sand was difficult to hike up. Every aspect of the trail was beautiful. We especially liked the trail past the bridge because it was cliff side hiking which made it even more fun. The spring was a trickle and the restrooms were closed which was unfortunate. We both loved all parts of this trail. Wish we could have went further and camped.

One of the nicest trails we have been on . I would consider it an easy trail for me . However, i enjoy a good challenge cardio wise up hill.

Majestic views, enough said! It’s the Grand Canyon after all!

backpacking
10 days ago

This is an honest wilderness trail. GCNP only allows 1 group in this zone at a time, so you have a canyon full of steep descents, bushwhacking, routefinding, complex geology, and intermittent water all to yourself. As the GCNP trail description puts it, "this is the quintessential Grand Canyon trail."

Trails are rough. The first descent is clean trail, but the sections which follow the creeks are thick with brush and easy to lose within the wash. You will get cut up and whacked in the face. Rocks can/will slide and dislodge. If possible, bring pruners/loppers to trim some of the plants obscuring the trail.

Recommend starting early, because the first couple miles descend along the west-facing side of the canyon. The Redwall descent (4.5mi in) is probably the toughest section of the trail. Steep switchbacks down rocky debris drop 650ft over about a half mile. Poles were a lifesaver for this descent/climb.

About a mile or so downstream, a bedrock stream gives way to a north-facing wall directly below Emerald Point to the east. This is a great spot for a midday siesta, and is the last water available until Shinumo Creek.

Past this point, the trail follows White Creek (look out for cairns) until jumping up onto the lower plateau to the west. this section is dry and fully exposed, and recommended for late afternoon where canyon shadows and afternoon cloud cover can work to your advantage. A final major descent is required down the shale before reaching Shimino creek, but is doable.

After reaching Shimuno, the trail criss-crosses the creek until reaching Shimuno camp, which hosts a display of old mining tools on the southeastern bank. Past this point, there are two routes to the Colorado: one which follows/intersects the creek and one which ascends a small ridgeline to the south, offering a big view of the Colorado and base of the canyon.

FUCK THAT ASCENT, it sucked and absolutely destroyed our momentum and morale. I would recommend NOT climbing 600ft at the end of the hike and say you should just try to follow the creek to the river along the bank or just strapping on some sandals and just wading down.

Completed the hike in 2 nights:
on-trail at Swamp Point by 8:00a, siesta 11:30a-2:30p, Colorado River by 7:00p.
Left Shinumo camp @ 3:40a, siesta 11:00a-3:30p, camped 3.5mi below Swamp point 5:30p. Hiked out the following morning with no issue.

This is a tough hike which will exhaust and drain all but the most dedicated to the wilderness experience.

walking
11 days ago

Not really much of a hike here... but it’s the Grand Canyon so it gets 5 stars by default. Lots of good places to pull yourself to an overlook and enjoy the scenery.

14 days ago

I will be back to go down into the canyon! My sister and I completed a road trip from PA to CA and we stopped here on the way and completed the rim trail! It was amazing! I remember walking up to the edge of the canyon and my hands were shaking it was so mind blowing. I remember thinking ti myself how could something like this exist? It’s a bigger than you moment and super humbling. Absolutely subliminal in every way. Everyone needs to see the Grand Canyon as God intended.

Great but don’t go with small children we lost one child he fell off.

South Kaibab isn’t a joke. You go down and it’s all great and fun, but when you gotta head back up...The rapid elevation change, the heat- all coming at you like a freight train on ascent. In summary, don’t brush off that 1 L of water per mile rule. I gave it 5 stars because, come on, it’s the Grand Canyon and you do get some amazing views.

Easily one of the best, most difficult trails I have ever done. Start as early as possible and get down quickly without tiring yourself out. We started at 6:30 and hit the black bridge at 9:30. Averaged a good pace of almost 3mph. Just over the black bridge is your first water source. Head to phantom ranch to rest and drink lemonade. Before you head back across the silver bridge up bright angel. Soak your shirt, hat, anything in the water spout. Hiking up to Indian garden is long but just has a moderate incline. Keep soaking your clothes in the streams you pass. At Indian garden you have another drinkable water station. Here is where the hike pours on the suck. You have water every mile and a half from Indian garden, but the incline and switchbacks get really tough. We made it up in just under 11 hours. Bring lots of salty snacks and Gatorade or Nuun tablets to replace electrolytes. Bring trekking poles for sure as well as a hat and something to put on your neck like a bandana that can be soaked. We were fortunate with the weather on September 1st. Light rain and thunderstorm showers kept the sun away. I would not hike this in the summer ever! Make sure you train for this one. My legs didn’t start hurting until the last mile and a half. Just keep moving and keep your energy up! Drink water every 5-10 minutes to avoid dehydration. If you are thirsty you already are dehydrated.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy hike around the south rim. We did ten miles on the rim hike. Some paved trail and some unpaved. Beautiful views and outlooks around the rim. If you do it all it can be tiring.
Jump on and off a shuttle if you want.

If you are looking for a hike that will challenge you, this is it! Great scenery. Going down wasn’t too bad- coming up was a challenge. The views from plateau point are definitely worth it.
Our fit bits told us we did 14 miles and it took us 8 hours to go down and back up. Water stations along the way in the summer to refill.
Heavily trafficked at the top and moderately trafficked on the bottom.

Absolutely stunning. Did this in mid August. Started at 6AM. Made it down and up by 2PM, with about an hour of sitting at the bottom and another hour 2/3 of the way up. It was very hot by the time I was coming back up. Once you make it past the 3 mile house, there are a lot fewer people. I felt terrible for the people at the top when I came back up because it was so muggy that the North Rim wasn't visible, but once you make it a few miles down, you can see everything!

The best part of the hike was the last few miles. The views inside of the canyon itself are better than the ones from the top because there are fewer people, and because you get an up close look at the rock formations in the distance.

Don't do this hike unless you know what you're in for! Almost 18 miles and 5k feet in elevation is no joke.

My daughter and I did this trail in the middle of May. Made it down to the 3 mile rest house. I wanted to go further but the ranger talked us into saving some energy and do some of the rim trail. Glad we did we even grabbed some food and stayed around for the sunset. Once in a lifetime.

walking
25 days ago

Great short hike. Perfect if you have a dog who doesn’t always hike. The views at the end are super! Pack a lunch or snack and enjoy the views. There are several picnic tables and places to lounge at the end of the trail.

Beautiful hike. Start south kaibab early so you can catch sunrise at Oh Ah point. Going down to phantom ranch is very fast. We started later than we wanted to, hit the trail head at 7 am and missed sunrise :(. Got back to the trailhead at 3 PM. Amazing hike, wish we would successfully get back country permits. We keep getting denied. Rim to rim is on the bucket list but not success obtaining back country permits.

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