Bright Angel Trail: South Rim to Phantom Ranch

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Bright Angel Trail: South Rim to Phantom Ranch is a 18 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon Village, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until April.

DISTANCE
18.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4983 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail in February 2015 and it was the perfect time to have cool and comfortable temperatures. It was in the 60's when we started on the rim and it was 78 when we got to the bottom. The first day, we hiked to Indian Gardens Campground and spent the night in our tent. It is a good campground and has pit toilets and water. Very quiet. The next morning, we hiked down to Phantom Ranch. We spent approx. 2 hours resting there and bought more food to eat at the snack bar. We hiked back up that same evening to Indian Gardens and spent another night there. I would recommend, after my own experience being very challenging, that you spent a night at the Phantom Ranch campground or the cabins down there BEFORE heading back up to Indian Gardens. Then spend a night at Indian Gardens and hike out. Bring plenty of light weight snack food, dehydrated hiker meals and a pocket rocket for warming up your water and adding to your dehydrated meal for a light weight, quick meal. It was very helpful that you could fill your water down in the canyon at several water stations. Also, it was great that they had lots of drinks and snacks to purchase at the Phantom Ranch snack bar. You can also pre order a full meal at Phantom Ranch before your trip, if that is what you prefer. This trip is a trip I will never forget. Don't attempt this hike without proper preparation and when it is too hot.

backpacking
7 months ago

2nd trip to the canyon plus a few more miles

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
8 months ago