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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 spectacular views of 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. If you have 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) and be sure to stop at Grandview point - the southernmost point on Grand Canyon's south rim. The North Rim is often less crowded and has more solitary hiking trips. If you are feeling the need to get some light exercise, just walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking a free shuttle bus back to the visitor center 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 Rrail. 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 if you plan to camp overnight.

Fairly easy trail except there were a few times where we had to guess which way was the actual trail. Just past the campground and general store there was a sign but the way it was pointed was very unclear. The trail that seemed the most logical was not. We actually followed it for about 5 minutes until we reached way too steep, dangerous and it was obvious it was not the trail. So be careful! Otherwise, an incredible trail with so much wildlife in the North Rim. We then hiked back to the visitor center using the Bridle Trail which was like a "cool down"

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 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 !

3 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!

3rd week in September seemed to be the perfect time for our first trip to the Grand Canyon and this trail. 9am start was not too hot (we live in Vegas though and are used to the heat) and passed only 3 other groups. Less exposed than I anticipated but the most difficult section coming back up was nearly all exposed. Husband and I almost finished our entire 100oz water reservoirs.

Would definitely recommend to anyone who is used to the heat, dryness and are fit. We found this trail to be difficult, but satisfying.

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).

5 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.

Amazing Views! Take your camera and water!

I hiked down South Kaibab and camped at Bright Angel Campground, then headed back up via River Trail and Bright Angel.
The hike down South Kaibab offered amazing views of the canyon! So many colors of rocks. The trail itself is very rocky, all downhill and with lost of steps built into the trail.
The hike down was hard for me (I prefer up over down). In general, several miles solid of any one direction is hard on the body. I would recommend being diligent about which legs you are using to step down, and alternate frequently. I didn’t do this, and my hamstrings and calves paid the price. Definitely use poles!
Be sure to stop at Ooh Aah point for great views. Cedar Ridge is a nice place to stop for a snack and bathroom. There is very little shade on the trail, so be sure to wear sunscreen!
Be cautious of trail runners and mule trains.

Gorgeous trip. Might be obvious to some- but note that this trail starts halfway down Bright Angel, NOT at the rim.
The beach by the river was really nice, lots of fire ants though, so watch out.
The trail crosses a lot of small streams, you might get your feet wet if your shoes are not waterproof. Quite a steep incline through parts of it, others are very flat.
Took us 1.5 hours in and about 1.75 hours on the way back, with a half hour stop for lunch by the river. We were hiking at a very fast pace, chasing the sunlight.
There are places to rest in the shade. It’s worth getting all the way down there!

7 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.

8 days ago

Wonderful views and I nice easy walk but to many people

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.

My husband and I are in our 60s and avid walkers. We did this trail round trip in an hour and 40 minutes. Goes without saying the views are magnificent. Words of advice; go as early in the day as possible, take plenty of water/salty snacks, sunscreen and pace yourself. Coming up takes twice as long. We went at 1:30 in September and were in the sun 3/4 of the time. If I could do it over I’d go first thing in the am. Also can be a little nerve wracking when you slide on sand or loose gravel as the edges are not far away and it’s a long way down!

It was AWESOME. The views were breathtaking. I have never hiked in this kind of altitude before and did fine. The way up took my breath away for sure...had to stop every so often to catch my breath but was fine. It took us about an hour to go down (mainly because we took. A billion photos) and only 45 to go up. Bring LOTS of water (2-3 liters) and some salty snacks. Have fun! I can’t wait to come back!

10 days ago

Great short hike located near the Lodge and Visitor Center on the North Rim. Amazing lookout at the end of the trail. Don't forget to climb atop the rocks at the end to see the Geographical Survey. Also there a few nice rock outcrops that you climb on that may be less crowded once people start showing up.

10 days ago

Will be backpacking into Palisades early November.

Great trail with amazing views!

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!

12 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.

12 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.

15 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.

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