1.5 Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

1.5 Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,148 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking

hiking
2 months ago

Great views! If you only have the time/energy to do one of the shorter hikes down into the canyon, we preferred the views on South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge, but Bright Angel was nice too!

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Bit muddy at the top but amazing views

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muddy
2 months ago

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snow
3 months ago

We did this hike yesterday. The best views in the park. We were advised not to hike this trail without crampons due to the first mile being like “ice skating ring” and honestly it was nothing like that. For the most part just covered in packed snow mixed with dirt. We started hiking at 6.45am. However, we are pretty experienced hikers and had hiking/trail shoes with good traction! We did not use crampons. I would never even attempt with regular sneakers!!! We passed about 3 hikers that went down with just hiking boots/trail runners and trekking poles and they were just fine. Just be careful and take your time going down. The whole hike had breathtaking views all the way through.

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icy
3 months ago

Great hike. Icy, crampons were a must.

hiking
4 months ago

Must do hike in the Grand Canyon! Go a little past the 1.5 mile rest house (another 0.2 miles at most) for an awesome plateau area to stop and eat lunch. Tough hike due to elevation gain. I am in shape and still stopped a couple times. Overall, awesome hike!

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snow
4 months ago

nice views. the trail is covered in packed snow, but not much ice. crampons not really required despite sign recommending them

This was perfect, had some ice on the trail but it wasn’t bad at all. The views are incredible!

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice scenery. 2h return. For the same amount of time and energy, better doing the South kaibab to cedar ridge trail. Give a good intake of what is grand canyon.

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rocky
7 months ago

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.

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.

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7 months ago

Great views, somewhat easy hike.

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8 months ago

Pretty crowded, but it is a touristy area so that’s to be expected. The terrain was sandier than I expected, so make sure you have shoes with decent tread. Honestly, some of the reviews had me nervous about how dangerous the trail is... but it’s straightforward: you go down and come back up the way you came.

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8 months ago

Pretty. But this is the most crowded part of the Bright Angel trail. Lots of people who clearly don’t know what they are doing... Still worth it if you want a quick hike as the sun is setting!

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no shade
8 months ago

We did this one because we were short on time but wanted to get down into the canyon quickly. Great views. Watch out for the fat squirrels on the trail - they want your food and have no problem taking it. Too crowded for us - might be better at a different time of day but we started about 11 am and it was pretty congested. Pretty much straight down then straight back up as far as elevation goes. But we had no problem and we are in our 60’s.

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8 months ago

This was our first hike in the Canyon. We started later afternoon and it was still warm. Nicely marked and fairly easy to go down. Coming back up was twice as long as going down. Busy but not crowded. Highly recommend doing this one.

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8 months ago

only did around 1/2 mile, easy on the way down, steep and very tiring on the way back. carry plenty of water and snacks

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9 months ago

This is the second of two 3 mile out and back hikes available at the South Rim, the other being South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge. While I did both hikes and they are the same distance I found this to be a little easier, less crowded and had better views. Less crowded because there is less parking available in the village as opposed to the main visitor center parking lot. Make sure to continue a hundred yards or so past the bathrooms at mile 1.5 for a fantastic scenic overlook.

I was dreading this hike as I thought it would be grueling, but it was surprisingly pretty easy. Slow and study back up the hill, but not too difficult.

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10 months ago

Unbelievably stunning.!! Arrived later in afternoon & headed down (about 5pm). Only a few people headed back up on our way down. Some shade due to later in the day made super pleasant.! Descends quickly making pretty steep on way back up. Lots of stopping points to rest on way back up if needed. Bring water!

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11 months ago

We opted for a late start to avoid The midday June sun so down and back between 3pm and 5:30pm much of the time it was shady. The rest house has drinking water and restrooms. The views are spectacular. According to the sign the elevation change is the equivalent of 112 flights of stairs.

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11 months ago

This hike was awesome. Amazing photo opportunities along the way. Well traveled but didn't feel crowded. Don't be fooled by the short distance though. The elevation change is no joke.

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11 months ago

I loved hiking into the Grand Canyon- different views and appreciation. Challenging but enjoyable, even though very crowded. Gorgeous views.

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