Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point Trail

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Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point Trail is a 12.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3356 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Plateau Point Trail - Grand Canyon National Park is a 1.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

48 minutes ago

Awesome views at the Point!

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Nice views. Tough way back up. Watch heat. Did it in 4.5 hours with about 45 mins of breaks for pictures and snacks.

hiking
9 days ago

Started at sunrise, which would have been great -- but it was made even better when a boy played a sonata on trumpet as the sun rose over the canyon. Probably not a great idea to try making it down to Plateau Point if you don't get an early start; we did the route in 6 hours, and it was already very difficult because of the heat in the last 3 miles.

hiking
9 days ago

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10 days ago

backpacking
15 days ago

Absolutely stunning!

The descent into the inner canyon was split into roughly 3 sections, based off the rest-houses and layers of rock. It's somewhat steep and can become more difficult to traverse if it has rained recently, so strong shoes are a must.

Past Indian Garden Campground, there's so much open space it's easy to forget you're actually in the canyon. The trail winds around a few low hills, past prickly pear and barrel cacti. The view from Plateau Point is incredible, regardless of weather or if the river's running muddy.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

awesome...love everything in the canyon
want to go back...

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21 days ago

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1 month ago

5h pas trop dur avec un peu d'entraînement au préalable.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Start early to avoid crowds but they thin out the further you hike. Bring lots of water. Was a bit cool in May but still burned through a lot of water. Plateau Point is a great spot to stop and eat lunch. Great views the entire way. Loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Maybe this deserves a 5-star, but I dropped it to four because I lost the fun factor the last mile or so. This was the first time I've hiked down into a canyon and was surprised by how much having the most intense portion at the end of the trek (rather than the usual beginning) affected my performance. The 4.5 mile, 3,500 ft ascent back to the top is no joke, especially after experiencing 110+ degree temperatures on the canyon floor (~25-30 degrees hotter than the top). There's no "out," so be sure you're prepared and physically able to make the return. Many reviewers here warn about bringing enough water -- and they're right. However, there are three rest houses with water, bathrooms, and a covered area along the route: at 1.5-, 3-, and ~4.5 miles from the trailhead. I brought two 1 liter bottles and that was perfect, drinking 1.25 gallons total, but simply refilling at the water stations. Be aware that you are completely exposed with no shade for the 3 mile RT to the Plateau from Indian Garden and there are no services at the Plateau. The views really are stunning, though -- both at the Plateau and during your entire hike down -- and I would do this hike again, but add camping overnight at Indian Garden because it is gorgeous!

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