1.5 Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail

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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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wild flowers

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rocky

no shade

no dogs

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12 days 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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24 days 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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30 days 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Wasn’t sure what to expect from this trail, but decided to give it a go as one of our only hikes in the Grand Canyon. We wish we would have done a different hike with such a short amount of time in the canyon for this hike doesn’t give much scope of the canyon— you’re basically just climbing down (and then up) switchbacks that provide the same view of the valley. Would have enjoyed something more diverse better, but it was a great workout.

We had a great time doing this hike, although it was a little bit crowded. It was also faster than I expected. We went down in about an hour and he climbed back up in about an hour with about a half hour sitting at the Overlook that’s just past the 1.5 mile rest house.

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snow
3 months ago

[3/24/19 Sunday] beautiful but crowded hike. Actually very slippery from the ice and snow that my friend and a couple hikers slipped and fell, so be careful and wear tractions if you can. The 1.5 mile hike was actually 1.75 from the top to the view. There are restrooms at 1.5 marker. The view was quite pretty as you can see the valley, and the farther down you go the prettier it gets. But be careful, it’s easy going down, but hard coming back up!

hiking
4 months ago

It's worth going deeper than 1.5 miles, but still beautiful.

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muddy
snow
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Good day hike. Leave enough in the tank for the climb back out!

6 months ago

Great hike if you don’t have all day but still want to feel accomplished. Good workout, average 2-3 hours round trip.

6 months ago

GORGEOUS!

hiking
7 months ago

If a ranger recommends crampons, then bring them! We made it a little way down Bright Angel, but turned back when hikers below us were navigating a turn on their hands and knees! Beautiful views, but just too icy for me even with hiking poles!

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7 months ago

We took all three kids, ages 7, 9, and 11 during November the day after a hail storm had come through. Some portions were icy, but navigable. There were numerous people, and most obeyed trail etiquette. It took us approximately 2 hours to complete the hike. It was just the right amount of challenge for our kids.

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8 months ago

It’s the Grand Canyon, so it has to be 5 stars. This is the easiest trail to do if you want to go “in the canyon”. When we were on it, there were many families, including kids. As stated, it follows the Bright Angel Trail to the 1 1/2 mile house, which is simply a shelter. The trail is generally pretty wide so you never get that “going off the edge” feeling. We did it November, so the heat wasn’t an issue. The elevation loss was about 1,000 feet over the 1.5 miles (666 avg) which is less than ooh ahh point (878 avg) which indicates how much more gradual the decline is. The views were great looking up at the canyon, but looking out not much different than the rim views. The total hike took us about 2 and half hours taking time for photos.

8 months ago

I did this trail on 10/14, great weather, not too warm or cold. It can be crowded, we started early to try to beat a lot of the crowds. You should come prepared with water and maybe a snack. The climb back up can be tough because you gain a good amount of elevation in a short distance, trekking poles helped.

9 months ago

Not the most experienced hikers, so the trek back up was pretty rough. Worth the views. Try to avoid mid-day sun and bring lots of water. You’ll need it on the way back. Beautiful trail, just remember you’ll need to walk all the way back up to the top.....so be cautious not to tire yourself out on the way down!

hiking
10 months ago

I haven't hiked much and was looking for a challenge. This certainly was a challenge on the way back up. Had to take frequent breaks, but I made it.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Good starter hike as intro to the grand canyon. Did in early summer, still very hot. The climb back out can be challenging for some so care should be taken in knowing your ability. A must do.

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