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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). 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 man free shuttles 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 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. 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 and ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today.

This is a breathtaking trail! We went 12/31/16-1/1/17. We made the descent to Indian Gardens and camped there for the night. we woke up early the next day to make the rest of the trek before the sun rose. The most memorable sunrise of my life. After you’ve made your descent from the canyon rim it is pretty flat the remainder of the trail from Indian gardens to Plateau Point. If you’re camping it could easily be done in one day, from the rim to the point, then camp and out the next day. Getting back up the switchbacks is quite the trek. When we did it there was snow and slush covering the trail about half way and ice at the top which just required trekking poles and crampons and paying more attention to our foot placement. The way down took a lot longer for us because we were constantly stopping to take in the scenery. We made it out in a crazy 2.5 hours. We stopped twice for no more than 5 mins. It was for speed only, not for enjoyment. I would say to expect to get out in about 4 hours depending on your pack weight and fitness level.

hiking
15 hours ago

Make sure to go out to the point and you will be fully rewarded.

We did this hike mid-October. Down South Kaibab and up Bright Angel is recommended; former is shorter but steeper. Neither trail is too technical, and both are very well maintained. Took us 8 hours all in; we are 52 and pretty fit. MUSTS: Start early, wear hats and good shoes/socks, take lots of water and hi-energy snacks, and use poles if you have them. It was truly the most amazing hike we've ever done. Hubby got 42000 steps on his FitBit!!!

My husband and I hiked this on Tuesday and I'm 55 and he's 54. We left at 6:30 with a temp of 36 degrees at the top, with clear skies and a light wind. Took us 3 hrs to get to Phantom Ranch - a total of 7.4mi by my Garmin. The views are spectacular as the sun rises. We both had Camel packs with water and tailwind. Didn't drink as much on the way down. Planned snacks as I would for an ultra. Took 45 min at Phantom ranch (got lemonade, recharged everything, changed socks & added water to the packs) before heading back to and up Bright Angel. Took us 5hr 1 min to get to the top - 11 miles - for a total of 18.4miles. Much less steep than the So Kaibab and "easier" to hike but much longer. Plan on appropriate snacks in addition to hydration. There is great beer available at the Bright Angel Lodge after you finish. You won't be sorry you did this hike if you plan and train well. It is truly an incredible experience!

My husband and I hiked this on Tuesday and I'm 55 and he's 54. We left at 6:30 with a temp of 36 degrees at the top, with clear skies and a light wind. Took us 3 hrs to get to Phantom Ranch - a total of 7.4mi by my Garmin. The views are spectacular as the sun rises. We both had Camel packs with water and tailwind. Didn't drink as much on the way down. Planned snacks as I would for an ultra. Took 45 min at Phantom ranch (got lemonade, recharged everything, changed socks & added water to the packs) before heading back to and up Bright Angel. Took us 5hr 1 min to get to the top - 11 miles - for a total of 18.4miles. Much less steep than the So Kaibab and "easier" to hike but much longer. Plan on appropriate snacks in addition to hydration. There is great beer available at the Bright Angel Lodge after you finish. You won't be sorry you did this hike if you plan and train well. It is truly an incredible experience!

Best Trail at the South Ridge: lightest Traffic and steepest ascents! Great workout, quick down and up to Horseshoe for those conditioned.

Weather can be 30-40 degrees different from top of ridge to bottom at Canyon floor- It was sunny and warm at bottom and snowing when we got back to the top, so bring layers.

I thought this trail was tougher than Bright Angel or South Kaibab as well as a knee killer. Beautiful views and solitude on the trail.

2 days ago

A great quick trail doable within 2 hours at a good pace. The views are amazing. The only downside is the crowd. If you have a bit more time I would recommend to push to Skeleton point a bit further down after Cedar Ridge.

We did 3 days and 2 nights. Just amazing and beautiful. Looking for to do it again.

What a hike! Seemed as though every bend brought new beautiful views. This is a must do for anyone that enjoys a challenge. Planning on making this hike a yearly tradition.

a very well shaded trail, due to our time constraints we didn't step off the trail to enjoy the beautiful views of the canyon. all in all its a decent hike, not too moderate.

hiking
4 days ago

Although an easy trail, its just so easy to lose your footing due to numerous beautiful views. Good thing it's a short hike.