Bright Angel Trail to Three-Mile Resthouse

MODERATE 135 reviews

Bright Angel Trail to Three-Mile Resthouse is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2076 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

From Grand Canyon village take the Bright Angel trail down to the resthouse.

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8 days ago

Late post. Catching up from 10/17. Great solo hike to 1.5 rest house. I met some fantastic people and was inspired by many who were coming up the finish mile from the rim to rim adventure - particularly an rather senior gentleman and his sons? Dude, if you can do all that then I can certainly survive Kaibob Ooh ah point and this short Bright Angel hike in one day.

12 days ago

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25 days ago

Perfect trail and great views!

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25 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! The views of the canyon are amazing. We hiked the trail in October and the weather was perfect.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This trail is very busy. Bringing a lot of water is no joke. Started around 8:30. Nice mix of sun and shade along the way. Hard to enjoy all of the scenery due to the mule droppings.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hands down the best hike I've ever been on. No matter what point you are on the trail, you're surrounded nearly 360 degrees with gorgeous scenery.

We added on an additional 1.5 miles down to the Indian Garden where the path plateaued slightly (in comparison to the relentless switchbacks), and had the delightful experience of hearing rattlesnakes right off the trail. Even as someone with a severe snake paranoia, this wasn't a deterrent as the scenery was magnificent.

If you have bad knees like I do, I highly recommend using hiking poles right off the bat the entire way down, and KT tape if you're into that. I was stupid and didn't, and was hurting for days as a result.

Don't worry about packing a lot of water, as there are water pumps and bathrooms roughly every 1.5 miles. You'll be set with 1.5-2L of water, and be able to refill at these stations. There are no options for food, however, so make sure you bring enough.

Solid sneakers with 2 pairs of socks and inserts are definitely fine for this trail. It's really well maintained and generally smooth.

We went during the second weekend in October and the weather was still in the 80s, so dress accordingly.

The total time for the 9 miles (4.5 down and 4.5 up) was about 7 hours. Keep in mind that the more strenuous cardiovascular part of the hike is actually at the end, after you've already destroyed your knees going down.

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1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

Simply wonderful!

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2 months ago