Looking for a great trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 94 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 50 hard trails in Grand Canyon National Park ranging from 2.6 to 72.6 miles and from 2,559 to 8,894 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
1 day 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.

hiking
2 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 flow 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.

Very challenging for my first hike below the rim. My app registered 16.5 miles, 9.5 moving hours, 12.5 total time. On the way up I was fatigued and assumed my water was still good while passing the 1.5 mile refill, well shortly after passing it I ran out. The final 1.5 mile stretch was very difficult.. lack of water, lack of energy from not eating enough calories. At the end I was happy to have my campsite waiting for me at Mather campground.. the more you prepare yourself, the more you will enjoy it, the less you prepare yourself, the more u will feel the suffering

If you’re interested in saying you hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back to the top in one day this trail is for you! The best part is you don’t even have to hike to the bright angel campground or phantom ranch to fully accomplish this. You reach the bottom of the canyon at Pipe Creek Beach around 7.5 miles (about 15 miles round trip). My buddy and I started around 6 AM as the sun was rising and were out of the canyon by 3:30. There are plenty of amenities along the trail and the deeper you go the less crowded it becomes. The last 3 miles coming out of the canyon are the hardest part but hiking to the bottom and back was incredibly beautiful and rewarding.

Awesome trail! First time and I got it done in under 11 hours. 2+ months of training came in handy. Epic journey for sure!

Beautiful. Nice way to escape the crowds.

Trail conditions were dusty compounded by strong winds going up the North wall. Saw a big horn/desert mountain sheep along the river.

Took 2.5 hours to get to the Colorado river (the bottom). My watch says 6.5 miles... erins said 7

The views during the hike are absolutely beautiful! We took around 6 h to do it, with a 45 min stop for lunch at Indian Garden and 5 stops in our way up. The hardest part was the last 1.5 mile stretch, pretty steep and full of people. We would do it again!

This was difficult on the way up. But overall an awesome trail with constant beautiful views of the Grand Canyon.

Excellent hike! Went beyond Indian Garden to Plateau Point and it was worth the 1.5mi trek out there. Lots of stops available to refill water; about every 1.5miles. Bring plenty of food! The trek down is easy and deceiving, you’ll need to fuel for the trek back up—fuel early. Saw deer and mountain goats on the way back up. Cold in the morning and hot midday. Didn’t get too hot but be sure to layer.

Went from bright angel lodge to3 mile rest and back. Incredible beauty.!!!!

Hard, lots of people, 20.2 miles. Amazing views!

One of the best in the West!!

This is a relatively easy hike but we only went to the Uncle Jim Loop Trial which we added to our hike. It is heavily used for mule tours, so the trail is fortified with timber steps and trail bracing to contain the "rut" of their impact on the trail. We side-stepped mule droppings and urine pools at several points along the trail, gross! Recent forest fires are clearly apparent and downed trees are everywhere, many have been cleared off the path. The views of the canyon are stunning, of course.

What a wonderful day we spent hiking this trail. Awe inspiring seeing nature showing all it’s beauty. Great fun.

Did it in two days — Camping at Bright Angel Camp Site — and finishing at bright angel trail head. Started at 3am to beat the heat the second day. Amazing views, but gets crowded the closer you get to south rim. Loved it.

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