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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.

Amazing trail. Ran half and hiked half. This is definitely for an experienced trail runner or hiker. There is about 20 degree temperature difference at Phantom Ranch, it was just under 90 today. Keep your water bottles full on the way up Bright Angel. It took about 6.5 hours total for the whole thing. Oh yeah, don’t forget to get a delicious lemonade at Phantom Ranch!

I would recommend this trail for an overnight camping hike. It took me and 2 friends about 3 hours to reach Phantom Ranch, where we set up our sleeping bags on 3 good sized boulders. We hiked in July; so it was fairly hot, despite the trail shade. This trail runs into the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon, which I was able to submerge myself to cool off. Sleeping under the stars was comfortable and uneventful. In the morning we reached the top in less than 2 hours in record time.

Do this hike!!! The views are absolutely spectacular and it wasn’t crowded at all, especially compared to the Rims where you can barely squeeze in and get a picture. Bring plenty of water because there’s not much shade and the hike back is uphill and more tiring than the way down. You’ll see so much of the canyon and get in a great hike.

Did this hike on the morning of 23 April. Started on the trail at 0505 with a headlamp and was rewarded with nice cool temperatures pretty much all the way until Plateau Point. Saw some bighorn sheep around the 3 mile rest house in the early morning hours and deer down at Indian Gardens. Made really good time, running at some parts, and reached Plateau Point just before 0700. The way back up is definitely tough on the legs. Made it back to the top at 1005. Did it in 5 hours but I was solo and moving really fast, would recommend at least 6-8 for planning purposes. Highly recommend getting an early start to avoid the afternoon heat. Water was not available at either of the rest houses, only at Indian Gardens was there a working tap. Incredible views and really nice maintained trail the whole way. Would definitely do again.

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1 day ago

A group of us hiked from phantom ranch to ribbon falls and back on April 11, 2019. The bridge was technically closed but we managed time cross it one at a time while holding the good railing. No, this was definitely not smart and risky for ourselves and potentially any rescue personnel. Therefore, I do not advise it. However, since there is a lot of snow melt the creek was roaring - other hikers should NEVER try to cross a rushing creek. Wait until it slows and the water level is down, but even then you should still exercise caution.
I'm not sure why this hike is rated hard. While it is long it's a doable inner canyon day hike and is actually relatively flat. After you exit the box the trail begins to gradually roll with two moderate hills. It's nothing like the hike out of the canyon.
Since it was April and not too hot yet, we left just after 7am and returned to phantom around 3:30pm. We spent almost two hours at the falls and Hiking back we took a lot let time because we didn't stop for pictures.
Great hike! Moderately easy. NPS really need to construct a new bridge and not just fix the sad wooden one.

Super easy. Accessible. Lots of great places to feel like you’re falling off the cliff

Great hike! The little ones did a great job too.

I recommend this two night backpacking trip in April or October, we have been both months and the temp at Bright Angel and Indian Gardens is very comfortable. Enter South Kaibab and exit Bright Angel, on Bright Angel there is some shade and resting point every 1 -1/2 miles. Request camping permits for Bright Angel and Indian Gardens 6 months in advance. Be sure to take hiking poles they will save your knees on the descent. At Indian Gardens take the 3 mile side hike out to Plateau Point, it is an amazing over look. Take a head lamp for the return hike and see the sunset. At the end make a reservation for dinner at El Tovar restaurant, food is great views awesome and a great way to celebrate your accomplishment. Be safe and enjoy.

I recommend this two night backpacking trip in April or October, we have been both months and the temp at Bright Angel and Indian Gardens is very comfortable. Enter South Kaibab and exit Bright Angel, on Bright Angel there is some shade and resting point every 1 -1/2 miles. Request camping permits for Bright Angel and Indian Gardens 6 months in advance. Be sure to take hiking poles they will save your knees on the descent. At Indian Gardens take the 3 mile side hike out to Plateau Point, it is an amazing over look. Take a head lamp for the return hike and see the sunset. At the end make a reservation for dinner at El Tovar restaurant, food is great views awesome and a great way to celebrate your accomplishment. Be safe and enjoy.

The hike gets harder as you go. Can be a bit crowded of a trip, especially if the burrows are out and about. Stretch those calves before heading down. Plenty of spots to pull off to the side if you get tired.

Amazing trails that you can challenge yourself with, Bright Angel campground is also phenomenal.

Great run. Beautiful views. Going down south was little tougher on calves then expected but the climb up Bright Angel wasn’t as steep as expected either. Running this loop definitely turned my legs to soup by the end of the 18.5 miles. We couldn’t park close to trail head so had to run an additional .75 of mile or so. I normally run 25 miles of trails a week and this was a good hard push on the body.

The trail was very narrow at some points but I’m afraid of heights and got through fine. I’d say it’s moderate as it took a little less than six hours for myself and my partner with plenty of water breaks and lunch for a half hour at the Mesa. Surprisingly it took us less time to hike up and out than it did to get down there. We went off the trail after the horseshoe to see further into the canyon and it is absolutely worth it. Amazing views the entire way.

Grandview Point to Horshoe Mesa is a grueling fast descent, recommended only for experience hikers. There is no water, so be sure to pack enough, and eat, as you will expand a lot of energy. Expect the return trip to be twice as difficult, as you navigate the steep ascent. However, for those brave enough to make the trek, it is probably the grandest views in the canyon

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I left at 5:30am because I wanted as much cool temps and shaded areas as possible. I was rewarded with some early morning animals, the orange hues of sunrise, and a pretty quiet trail. And great photos without people in them. Almost my own private tour. Down is easy to certain degree, no strain on the cardio and moving pretty fast but it does pound on your knees and ankles. The campsite after Indian garden has a stream and little muddy path, only mud I saw on the trail. The last leg of the trail in parts were covered with small clusters of rock. I had the entire plateau point to myself for a good 15-20 mins before others started to arrive. Enjoyed my break and my snacks. It was simply stunning. I also lucked out that it was still cloudy so it was cool and shady out there but if there is no cloud coverage you are exposed. I had no issues with the bugs or the birds, wondering if that’s because I left so early. I strolled my way back up, wasn’t in a hurry. The bathroom stops were clean. I will say the one by the campsite has a blow of cool air which you’re not expecting and can certainly take you by surprise. Lol. The trail was still pretty empty until I got back up to the 3 mile rest house (10am), then it started to get crowded and the sun came out from the clouds. Again glad I left early as I had most of my day on a cool and shaded path. The last 1.5 mile is where I felt the downward pound from earlier. My joints were tired. My cardio was find as I did stroll and in decent shape. You can do the trail without poles but I appreciated them as they gave me a little extra push and stability as I was trekking back up. I brought my 2L camelbak and a 20oz water bottle. I was fine and had water to spare when done. I also stayed hydrated the day before and I left early so I wasn’t gassed by the heat or sun. It is a hard hike but wow what an adventure.

I completed this trail to the river rest house at the Colorado River which is 16 miles in one day on 4/19. It’s a beautiful trail and one I wouldn’t miss. The park services frown upon doing it in one day but it is certainly doable. It took me 8 hours and 20 minutes, though others took over 10 hours. There were quite a few others who successfully completed the trail that same day, however there were many more that had to stop due to suffering from heat exhaustion.
Do not attempt this trail unless you are in good shape, trained at the elevation and long hikes in the heat, and well equipped. Take more water, electrolytes, and food than you think you need, then add even more to it. At this time of year the only water refill station is at the 4.9 mile marker at the Garden, however it sounds that there will be water refill at the 1.5 and 3.0 mile markers in May.
Also be weary of the temperature. It was only in the mid 70s when I attempted the hike but in the sun it feels way hotter. This would be brutal to attempt when it is warmer.
Also note that All Trails miles seem to differ from the National Park Services, as by their maps this route is closer to 19 to 20 miles.
The best way to get to this trail is to park at parking lot D at the Back Country information center

It was a hike of a lifetime!
Must be conditioned though!

Great trail if you want something scenic, a bit challenging, and more secluded than Bright Angel or South Kaibab. Rocks can be a little slippery and slow-going at times. My husband and I are in mid 50s and decent shape and I found this to be a serous workout! Wild flowers in mid April are pretty. Definitely a different look than other places we saw in the canyon. We did in 5 hours with almost no lingering.

Beautiful and challenging trail. Start early to enjoy smaller crowds. It took my husband and I (we are mid to upper 50s and in decent shape) a little under 5 hours, but he does not linger any one place very long!Trekking poles were super helpful, and we had never used them before. A must do if you want a great day hike at the Canyon! I was tempted to try and go to the river, but not being able to stay the night, turning back at Skeleton Point was the right choice. Weather was perfect- sunny and mid 60s in mid April- great time of year to go!

Completed on 17 Apr 2019. We skipped the Phantom Ranch portion, but rested on benches between the two bridges. Trail was very peaceful for the majority of the hike. Inconsiderate tourists on the trail make the last 3 miles pretty difficult because of their lack of awareness and trail etiquette. Started at 0700 and ended at 1510.

The experience out on the point is fantastic.

My group did this trail 4/15/19. I did not record this trail as I don’t want to drain my phone battery. I rather used my phone for pictures and memories. We started at 0440 am at the South Kaibab Trail ( Yaki Point). The drop down was tough and I highly recommend wearing a knee compression. I took time descending as I got fear of heights; and going down is not my forte. Plus I took many pictures as I could. We were at the Bright Angel campground around 0915 am. We had at least 20 minutes of rest and headed back to trail. By the way, we forgo Phantom Ranch as we are not interested with the lemonade. I heard that they make the best lemonade and you can write postcards in there. We missed that opportunity but what we did is a refreshing foot spa at the River Resthouse Point. The creek water was cold but so good on my feet. When I say water creek ... it is the creek and off already the Colorado River. Just a warning: Be safe keep yourself out of the river. I could not remember where we stayed for our lunch . It was a shaded spot with a small creek again. All I could say we were 6 miles to the Bright Angel trailhead. We were at the Indian Peak around 1300-1330. We rested and filled up water supply . By the way, I have a 2.5 L of water supply and another 1L re-usable plastic container filled with Gatorade. I only filled up the plastic container as I don’t want my bag to be heavy on the way up. The last 4 miles was a killer. One , I am already tired . Two, the incline is steep; and three: the heat is another element. I made it to the Bright Angel Trailhead at 1730 PM. This trail is not recommended to do in one day. My physical
Level is fit. I did prepare for this hike. I do HIIT, yoga , swim, Zumba; and Hike training Sundays for almost 2.5 months. I am glad I don’t have any injuries. My goal was to finish strong! Now, I am back in Colorado in the comfort of my home ... smiling and nursing my body sores!

I did this trail from the south rim to across the river and back as a day hike (04/18/19). I stopped twice for around 40 minutes a piece to fuel up and take a good rest. I took advantage of the shade and took several smaller breaks also. It was around freezing at the rim when I left at 4:45 am and was around 90 or so at the river. My suggestion for this time of the year is to start before sunlight and to wear your regular hiking clothes and brave the first bit of cold because you will have to carry them back up the canyon later. I took plenty of food and water with Gatorade packs. There is water at Indian Garden only at this time of year in addition to the water at the bathroom at the top. My philosophy was to take a slower, steady pace for the whole trip. This really worked out well for me. I wouldn't even attempt to do this hike in the summer months. I can see why people get in trouble on this trail. Some folks that I met or talked to didn't have a clue what they were doing or even how far they were going. Doing this hike to the river or beyond and back in one day is not for beginners unless you are in great shape. There are more regular people on the trail the higher you ascend. Many of these people have no idea of hiker etiquette. And by the time I was starting the last two miles, I was not in the mood to have to deal with people that weren't using trail sense. This really aggravates me on any trail especially on one that I have put so much energy into. Total time was close to 10 1/2 hours. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me.

We got started at 8:30, a bit way too late. We drove fromPage and it took us 2 1/2 hours to get there. The ranger at the front gate told us to park in the last picnic area before the trailhead. It added about another mile or more onto the hike, but we didn’t have to wait for the bus. It was a cattle call the first mile and a half. It thins out considerably after that. It took us about 2 hours of lots of picture taking to get to Skeleton Point. We were rewarded with sweeping views and able to see and hear the Colorado. We ate breakfast and then started up. We arrived at the trail head at about 1:20. The half hour we took for lunch made it close to 5 hours. I can’t believe I saw so many people waking with single water bottles. From Skeleton it’s 2000 ft in gain. Not sure people realize how tough that 2000 is. We had hiked Wilson Mountain in Sedona 2 days before. Needless to say we were spent. Please bring a lot of water, it was only 69 but the sun crushes you. We are both in our 60’s and great hiking shape. Heading to Phantom in the fall!


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We hiked it last weekend, 4/13 and 4/14. It was 28° at 7 AM at the south rim, warmed quickly to 80° at Indian Garden and 86° at Phantom Ranch. The vegetation is blooming, the bees are buzzing and the red buds are still in bloom. There is a little flowing water to cross but nothing major. The creeks are flowing and cloudy and fly fishing was not productive. The trails are in great shape. The food at Phantom Ranch has improved.

easy trail (service road really) to a point overlooking the canyon. the vistas are magnificent, and very few people when we were here!

Spectacular views the whole way down to skeleton point!! It is daunting for those afraid of heights! Incredibly rewarding!!

Wow. My partner and I tackled this as a three day trip, with plenty of experience between us in WA backcountry. The views stay similar throughout, but watching sunrises and sunsets from inside the canyon was inspiring. The trail was easy to find, but poorly maintained with little to no signage- it becomes difficult to track your mileage and progress. Aside from the masses at Kaibab, we saw only three groups at Cottonwood, and one other hiker on the Tonto. Definitely had our butts kicked by this trail- would definitely reccomend as a four day.

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