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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.

Great paved path with many amazing views of the canyon. This trail is great for anyone from little children to elderly or even those in wheelchairs.

We only went down to mile and a half rest. Took us about 3 hours to complete. Gorgeous views - everywhere in the park looks just a little bit different. Water and an outhouse was available at this stop, then we hiked back up. Used hiking poles, which was very helpful. Lots of switchbacks and steep incline, but so worth it for the views. We went in the afternoon and almost all of the hike was shaded, which was very nice and comfortable. Sunset viewing of the canyon was beautiful. Would love to go back and do Rim to Rim some day!

This was my favorite hike of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The entire trip the views were amazing. It took us about 3.5 hours, even with many pauses along the way. Good rule of thumb: it takes twice as long to get back up as it did to go down. Cedar Ridge has an outhouse. You change over 1000 feet of elevation on this hike. Moderate hike but well worth it! We used hiking poles which were very helpful although it is possible to do without.

Fun trail out and back. Went a little bit further than Cedar, for views up and down the Canyon. Dusty trail with steps, steep in places but manageable. Easy down, harder back up.

I did this as a one day solo hike on 10/10/19. My app clocked about 26 miles and took me 14.5hrs to complete. The temp was 26 when I started and in the 70's at the bottom (Perfect!). This was my first time hiking the GC and was by far my longest hike to date. The hike to Phantom Ranch was amazing and not too difficult. PR is a great place to take a break in the shade, soak your feet in the cool water, and put on a new pair of socks (highly recommend). Once you cross the Colorado River, the trail starts to go up hill. It isn't very steep but somewhat constant...still not very difficult. The Bright Angel Trail seems to wind on forever. The last 5 miles of switchbacks seem to never end! Don't get discouraged, just keep walking and take breaks as needed (the last 5 miles took me 5hrs) The feeling of FINALLY making it to the end is AMAZING! Every water source was working when I went so I only carried 2 liters with me. Eat plenty of snacks and drink electrolytes along the way and you'll be fine. I drank about half plain water and half with electrolytes. I probably drank a total of 7-8 liters (it wasn't a hot day). I wasn't sure how much food to bring so I ended up bringing way more than I needed...I could have survived a week...I guess that's better than running out. If you are considering going, DO IT! You won't regret it...just try to avoid the hot months if possible. Also, the decent from the North Rim is amazing! I think you miss a lot if you do it in the dark. Only mistake I made was not bringing hiking poles. I've never used them but I wish I had bought a set for this hike. The downhill is tough on your joints and the last 5 miles up is much easier with poles. Learn from my mistake, USE POLES!

Theres a reason every website giving Grand Canyon recommendations says to visit this short trail! It is awesome and worth the visit. There and back in 30 min:)

This was a nice trail, but it was very easy and there weren’t many exciting things to see, it was not what we were planning for / expecting so it was a bit disappointing for us but it was still a nice trail. This is what I’d call a “walk in the park”.

Great for morning hike in shade. Pretty steep in places. Try to go early and avoid post breakfast crowds. Went past ooh ha point to 2 mile marker and then went back up. Figure 30 minutes per mile. No dogs allowed but watch for horse/mule riders

Start early! We started at 6:30 and we were done by 10:30. It became super busy at the end so it is nice to have the trail to yourself in the early hours. Very beautiful hike that wasn’t too hard, just a steep way back up. Go to the left of the skeleton point sign to get a beautiful view of the river. Totally worth-it and didn’t take all day!

2 days ago

First hike down into canyon. Beautiful morning, started down at 9:42. Made it to 3 mile resthouse around Noon. After lunch and break, started back up around 12:45 and reached trailhead at 3:51pm. Experienced some right thigh cramping around 11:30, not drinking enough. Left knee began to sore around 3pm. People friendly on trail from all over US and other countries. Vistas were breathtaking. No problem breathing.

Easy hike to Ooh Ahh point for family. Round trip with rests less than 2 hours. Not scary!

Amazing views. The trail is well kept but is very busy with folks. Saw a family of deer and a ram on the trail. Hiking poles helped me out a lot going up and down as the elevation changes greatly.

Moderate to hard hike. Started 10 and only made it about half way down, the way back up took a good amount of time and didn’t get back until around 1. I suggest bringing walking sticks, very steep in some spots.

Started early in the morning, around 6:30 and there was barely anyone there. Beautiful place to see the sun come over the canyon. If you walk a little to the left of the sigh there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the canyon. Such a great way to appreciate its beauty. Would do it again and go all the way to the Colorado River next time. We finished around 10:30, so it only took us 4 hours to hike the 6 miles

Awesome hike from the North Rim to South Rim. Took about 12 hours with lots of stops along the route to take in the journey and amazing views! Started at 4:30am at the North Rim. Very dusty and sandy trail which wasn’t expecting but it was fine. Such an incredible hike with many challenges as the last few miles is straight up and seemingly endless. But at 62 years old, it’s a must do hike for everyone. And the North Rim is a special place too.

Stunning views all the way. loved the contrast of the dry the section, verdant Indian Garden, and then views of the river from Plateau Point. there was water on tap every 1.5 miles or so, which was a luxury!

3 days ago

lovely walk through the forest to an absolutely incredible view!

Great, well-maintained trail with consistently fabulous views. no water available when we did it. Hiking fairly fast we made Skeleton point and back to the top in 3.5 hours.

4 days ago

The best parts are the view points that jut out from the main trail. The difficulty is finding the trail head on the east because it's not marked, but once found, incredible views of Transept Canyon abound along this trail. Parts are not very wide so watch your step.

Not for the faint of heart, this trail allows you to experience the edge of the canyon and all its glory. Remember you're at about 8000 ft elevation, so take it easy if you're not from these parts. Bring your binoculars and camera because you'll have plenty of time to use them both - crowds are well below what you see at the South Rim.

Only made it a mile with a 15 month old strapped to back before we had to turn back. The decent took about 30 min and we know her limit is about 2 hours in the carrier. The way back was easier than expected.

Definitely would recommend this route. Going down S Kaibab, over on West Tonto, and up Bright Angel was definitely the right call if you only have one day to do the canyon. Very difficult hike going up, but you get the best of the two popular trails (the better views from S Kaibab and Tonto, and the rest houses going up bright angel). My GPS recorded just under 15 miles and about a 3,500' climb. Took about 7 hours for a mostly in-shape and inexperienced hiker.

First Rim to Rim hike for both of us. Completed in about 11:30 total time, 10 moving, but we had some recent injuries and illnesses that slowed us down. Departed N. Rim trailhead at approximately 5am, temperatures were much colder than at the North Rim Lodge and campground (~29F). Heat was never a big issue at the bottom, although sun cover was definitely necessary on the lower parts of bright angel heading up. A couple trail closures but detours were clearly marked. A couple spur trails were closed due to bridge work. Upper parts of bright angel were crowded, but much less than would be expected earlier in the season. No water outages on either trail.

It’s done. Did it. 10/10/2019. I am 58 with achy knees. Always wanted to do this hike. Held back for 2 years because of knee issues. This year it’s different. Knees felt good. 2 hiking trips to Big Sur, Andrew Molera Ridge and Bluff seemed easy. Another trip to Redwoods was awesome. Glen Berry, James Irvine, Tall Trees hikes were cakewalked. I was ready for South Kaibab, phantom, bright angel. Embarked on Hikers Express at 7am. For sure I will be back before dark. Did bring headlights just Incase. Off I went, solo like always. Coming down South Kaibab was interesting. Seemed innocent. Soon enough I felt the strain as the persistent pounding of downhill taking its toll on the groin and knees. Took out my hiking poles after skeletal point to brace myself against gravity. By the time I viewed the magnificent opening of the river, I was joyed, with aches. The gradual descent to the Colorado River was so amazing. Enjoyed all of it. Crossing the SK Bridge was emotional. Some that I dreamed of for nights. Took some memorable photos East and West. Roaring sound of the Colorado is magical. Off to phantom, along the way Bright Angel camp ground. Heading back now. Seeing the Bright Angel foot bridge was delightful. Helicopter flew overhead as I approached. Crossing with tremors under my feet, what an experience. Once on the other side, I felt different. Sand under my feet. Yes, sand. Unexpected. However I stride ahead. Indian Garden, here I come. Gonna rest a little there. I walked and walked. Where am I going? I thought IG was just around the corner. Oh no. It’s miles away. I kept on going. Sipping away on my water prep. I hear water, more and louder water flowing. I see green. Vegetations, lot of it. But where is Indian Garden. No where insight. Oh oh. Muddy trail, hop and step on rocks. Jumping from side to side. No worries, all well. But getting tired. But it’s okay, cause IG is just up ahead. No, no. More streams to cross, more muddy trails. Finally, there IG. Water resource, resting ground. Keep on going, it’s getting late. 4.5 miles and 3000 feet to climb. Never felt these miles to be so long. Okay, it’s all mental now. 3 mile rest. 1.5 mile rest. It’s 5:45pm. Took out the headlight. Keep on going. My, sunset sure is different below the rim. Bit scary. Still a ways from the south rim. It’s dark now. Very dark. Losing balance due to lack of visual efferent input. Okay, one step at a time. Can be done. Never thought that last mile would be so destructive on my knees, thighs, ego. 7:30pm. Up on the rim. Standing next to the Bright Angel Trail stone. Done. I did it. Next year will be rim to rim. Just need to convince myself to go up on South Kaibab. Hum. Will see.

Did this hike yesterday in 11:53. Started at 4:30 AM and it was 17 degrees on the North rim. I jogged a good bit of this. I hit phantom ranch by 9:30. It was 88 degrees at the bottom. The hike up bright angel was hard but beautiful. The last 4.5 miles were very steep but at least there was water every couple miles.

Left North Rim via North Kaibab Trail on Saturday, stayed one night and came out Bright Angel Trail on Sunday for the second time!! As amazing and challenging as the first and feel as accomplished! Temps are perfect in mid October!!

Great trail! Bring a lot of water and good shoes.

Did this hike yesterday in 11:53. Started at 4:30 AM and it was 17 degrees on the North rim. I jogged a good bit of this. I hit phantom ranch by 9:30. It was 88 degrees at the bottom. The hike up bright angel was hard but beautiful. The last 4.5 miles were very steep but at least there was water every couple miles.

We are a young couple in shape. took us 4.30 hours with quick stops for photos and resting every now and then. would recommend to start early to avoid the heat, we did in in October so 3 liters per person was enough. if you are in shape the way up is not as brutal as you would think.

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