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

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river

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wild flowers

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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.

backpacking
32 minutes ago

This is a breathtaking trail! We went 12/31/16-1/1/17. We made the descent to Indian Gardens and camped there for the night. we woke up early the next day to make the rest of the trek before the sun rose. The most memorable sunrise of my life. After you’ve made your descent from the canyon rim it is pretty flat the remainder of the trail from Indian gardens to Plateau Point. If you’re camping it could easily be done in one day, from the rim to the point, then camp and out the next day. Getting back up the switchbacks is quite the trek. When we did it there was snow and slush covering the trail about half way and ice at the top which just required trekking poles and crampons and paying more attention to our foot placement. The way down took a lot longer for us because we were constantly stopping to take in the scenery. We made it out in a crazy 2.5 hours. We stopped twice for no more than 5 mins. It was for speed only, not for enjoyment. I would say to expect to get out in about 4 hours depending on your pack weight and fitness level.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike! Good water stops and it was key! :)

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing. I would rate this as moderate. Not very hard but great day hike. Make sure to bring food.

hiking
18 days ago

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28 days ago

Awesome views at the Point!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago