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Grand Canyon National Park pretty much speaks for itself; anyone who has been there will know this. For those yet to go, the Grand Canyon will consistently make your jaw drop, even for seasoned veterans of the park. It is no wonder it is one of the country's most popular National Parks. With limited time, you can drive along the rim (Most people visit the South Rim, as it is more accessible from many other destinations and has more of the park's highlights), but you can also check out the North Rim for desert views and great hiking trips. If you are feeling the need to get some exercise, walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking one of the many free shuttle buses back to the lodge or the restaurant overlooking the vast canyon. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel trail. DO NOT attempt a round trip to the bottom and back in 1 day. Temperatures at the bottom can reach 110 degrees in the middle of the day, many people suffer from dehydration and heat stroke due to the dry climate along the steep trail. If attempting this (at least 2-day) hike, start very early in the morning to avoid the heat (do not hike between 10 and 2); By starting very early, you also get the added bonus of seeing the sunrise over the canyon walls, which will bring out some of the reddest rock you have ever seen. With more time to spare, there are several Native American reservations with tourist information, as well as several museums about natural history where you can attend ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today. Bring hiking boots, ample water, sunscreen, a hat, and check for info on backcountry permits.

21 hours ago

Most difficult, but most rewarding and breathtaking day hike I’ve ever done. Do not do this hike unless you are very sure you’re in excellent shape because it’s a very difficult day hike.

The weather was perfect. I started from Phantom Ranch at 6:15. Arrived at the trail head at noon. There were fewer people than I have experienced previously. One of my best trips to the Grand Canyon.

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

One of the more difficult hikes I've done. We started out in the morning around 0800. We went in September so it was about 55 degrees. We got to Indian Wells just before 1000. Stopped for an hour there and ate lunch. When we got back on the trail to start our ascent it was near 85-90 degrees. There are 3 water full stations from Indian Wells to the rim. BE SURE TO USE THEM! It takes twice as long to get to the top, if not a little longer. Take advantage of the switch backs that fall in the shade to keep from overheating. There is never a dull moment or view on this hike! Added bonus that the "wild life" is highly entertaining.

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.

It had its moments ! Some breath taking views. We did 30 some miles round trip. There where Some really nice spots to see. But the back packing was terrible. There where easily 20+ groups of campers in your camp! So many silly rules. The ranger made me take my water filter off a dead tree cuz he didn’t want branches to break wth!? It was just such a business. $160 for our wilderness permit too. I’m a Sierra hiker and love being in the wilderness ALONE or with few people. This will not be your experience here.

My two cent review.

One of the most beautiful hikes! Unforgettable experience and views. Bring lots of water and layer clothing. It gets really warm as you hike down. Allow time to take pictures and soak the unparrareled scenery.

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6 days ago