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

walking

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.

15 days ago

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

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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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1 month ago

Amazing trail with an amazing view at the plateau in the bottom ;)

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3 months ago

Difficult and satisfying.

3 months ago

Great day/half day hike option at south rim. Nice steep elevation change for first portion then easy flat last quarter. 4.5 hours down and back. Leave early morning or early/mid afternoon to avoid hike backup in full sun.