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Indian Garden via Bright Angel Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from September until May.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 3,051 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking River Views No dogs
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Gina Noviello
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Compared to south kaibab this was less steep and had more shade. Just as tough on the legs though. Beautiful views. And a little oasis at Indian garden! Lots of water and keep your pack light

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Carly Rusek
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Great canyon hike - beautiful views the entire way down/up. The 2 water refill/restroom stations (at 1.5 and 3 miles from the top) were nice to have. Plenty of people - but crowds thinned out the closer to Indian Garden I got. Started at about 10:30am, finished at 5pm with numerous stops along the way to take pictures and soak it all in. The incline wasn't overly steep and had good footing. Highly recommend.

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Courtney Gaylord
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Very beautiful but difficult trail!

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Mario Oliveira
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Great day for a hike. Very steep and challenging. Lots of friendly hikers. 10 mile round trip to Indian Gardens.

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Randy Pereira
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Vincenzo Infante
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Darcy Copeland
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HikingGreat!

A strenuous trail with incredible views to get you up close and personal with the canyon. It took me and my partner about and a half hours. We got a late start at 6:30am, but I would recommend starting as early as 4 or 5 am if you can manage it to avoid the heat of summers (and crowds—it wasn’t crazy, but for a weekday morning we were passing quite a few people—arriving earlier allows more time in basking in the serenity of the canyon). The way down was easy, the path well maintained (aside from mule droppings), and there are spots to refill water bottles every 1.5 miles. If it weren’t for the refill stations, I definitely wouldn’t have made it back up the 3,000 ft in elevation. Overall it was an amazing experience that granted me a real sense of kinship, appreciation, and deeper sense of awe for the canyon and the tribes who occupied it as a sacred space so long ago.

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Coco La Salle
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Jenna Preston
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Hiked it with my husband and strong 11 year old son. Beautiful views the whole way. The least beautiful was the campsite area in the Indian Garden. If you happen to find a small leather wallet with a military ID in it, my husband would love to get it back again.

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Heather Davis
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This trail starts at the bright angel trailhead. We began at 7 am, the way down was great, beautiful views, and plenty of shade. We made it all the way to the Indian Garden and the campground after in 2 hours and 20 min. There was a small stream we were able to put our feet in. From here it is about 3 more miles to the Colorado river, we didn't go due to the increasing heat of the day. We started back just before 10 am, it was about 82 degrees, but felt like 95. Definitely recommend TONS of water and refilling at each rest house. There was minimal shade on the way back, it took us 3 and a half hours with multiple short breaks. Overall, it was a good hike if you're wanting to see the canyon from below.

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Sarah Guganovic
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Boss ass canyon hike. Seeing the canyon in winter is magical. Slippery and icey at the top, but got to experience four seasons there and back.

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Andy Blackbur
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Took this trail with 7, 8, 10, 11, and 13 year old kids. Super hard on way back up for kids. Pack a lot of food and add 6 more granola bars on top of that! Take a lot of breaks. . Indian Garden is fine, good little shady spots to rest and eat and little creek for kids to put their feet. Overall, really cool hike and awesome experience to do the Grand Canyon.

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Chris Hausman
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This is a great introductory trail to hiking into the canyon if you haven't done so previously, and a good way to test your legs if you aren't 100% sure about hiking all the way to the river & back in the same day. I hiked it on 2/23 and micro spikes were definitely helpful for the first mile or two but then I was able to take them off. Mud was more of an issue than ice. Definitely check out Plateau Point once you reach Indian Garden if you haven't been there before, and take some time to relax & enjoy the wonderful water on tap down at Indian Garden! I brought a book & enjoyed eating my lunch and reading down there.

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Brent Miller
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Took this trail in February down to Phantom Ranch. Trail can be pretty icy in February. I suggest hiking sticks and ice cleats for the beginning of the trail. The first two miles were very icy, but then a great trail with amazing views! I suggest an early start if going to the bottom. Really enjoyed this trail. Most people take this trail up from the bottom, but we wanted to be going against most of the traffic which worked well for us as we did not have to pass anyone going down. We did run into people coming up Bright Angel.

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Kevin Griffiths
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Hiked Thursday, February 6th. The first mile and a half was icy on the switch backs. If you are planning on hiking Bright Angel in the next few days, I would recommend using micro spikes and poles, or consider hiking South Kaibab instead, it had less than one hundred yards of icy sections, when I hiked it on Wednesday.

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Mike Faiella
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Trail itself is gorgeous and the views are incredible, just get out early! The early morning part of the hike was amazing and we were lucky enough to get most of the way back out of the canyon before the tourists who have clearly never hiked hit the trails. Well maintained, easy to hike trail well worth the hike.

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George Vo
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If you don’t have enough time to do the full bright angel trail then go to plateau point and back. The view is great and the easy walk to plateau point makes a good rest before trekking back up. Recommend using crampons during the winter but recent snow fall it wasn’t necessary but still high useful. Great view from plateau point

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Nina Kraustronaut
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great fun!! Spickets/bathrooms every 1.5 m. means you can travel light. we saw mountain goats, which I was not expecting. The trail is super easy to follow and there's lots of alternating shade/sun all the way down. Indian Garden itself isn't that interesting but it's worth it to get a view of the canyon cliffs from so low. Lots of switch backs make the incline easy enough. if you're used to climbing Catskill mountains, this hike is a cake walk since it's about the same amount of climbing, but super easy terrain. I did it during the week and it was still crowded but since the trails were wide, it's really great. if you're huffing and puffing, take a rest and enjoy the views (which are beautiful literally every step of the way down and up.)

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Alexia Martínez de Paz
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The views during the hike are absolutely beautiful! We took around 6 h to do it, with a 45 min stop for lunch at Indian Garden and 5 stops in our way up. The hardest part was the last 1.5 mile stretch, pretty steep and full of people. We would do it again!

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James DiGioia
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We loved this hike and have looked back in shock at the fact that we completed it. Bring plenty of snacks, but don't worry about overloading on water. There are 2 fill stations along the way, so save the room. Indian Garden is beautiful and well worth the hike. Make sure you go early enough to get back by sunset (we made it with like 15 minutes to spare). Highly recommend.

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Taylor Jaffe
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do not underestimate getting back out of the canyon! going down is very easy. getting back up, not so much. however, there are water and bathrooms every mile and a half. really fantastic hike. you gain a new appreciation for the canyon going into it.

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Stew Brown
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Simple and fairly quick going down. BUT, coming back up was super challenging! I was tired early on in my ascent back to top. Quickly became very tired. Hat, water and salty snacks absolutely essential!!

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David Schuler
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Don't do this hike if you're in it for the destination Incredible vistas all the way down. Indian Garden is neat but pretty underwhelming, and still tucked too far back into one of the fingers to be a cool perspective on the whole canyon. This hike is much better as a one-nighter in the summer or a day trip in the cooler months so you can make it out to plateau point; the journey aaaand destination will be well worth.

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Eddie Perry
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This was easily one of the most beautiful and brutal hikes I’ve ever done. Get there early to beat the sun on the descent, and make sure you pack plenty of salty snacks because water is not enough. If you’re an experienced hiker, you’ll have a great time and see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. If not, you may end up one of the over 500 people yearly who end up trying to call for a med evac.

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Russ Sulich
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What a awesome hike, its not for the unprepared, take a good look down the switchbacks from 3 mile house and make your best judgement, its not a cakewalk. It does however have water and some shade, if you take advantage of a early start the hike is a epiphany, bring long sleeves and long pants and a head cover the sun is brutal, stop to rest and side step the mule crap.

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Kevin Russell
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Experienced climber and it took 3:45 r/t with a 15 minute stop at Indian Gardens. This is a strenuous down and back hike. Many novice hikers are unprepared for the ascent out of the canyon and the afternoon heat. There are often crowds at the 1.5 and 3.0 mile water areas seeking shade and recovery time. Many people look like they are not accustomed to a mile plus walk on level terrain, never mind a 9.0 mile r/t with big elevation change. Think twice before letting the allure of the Canyon draw you in - it is beautiful but, as they say, descending is optional, ascending is mandatory and no one is going to carry you out!

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Bailey B
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Well maintained, and a beautiful way to experience the Canyon on a day hike. The garden is absolutely stunning and well worth the trek. I have also camped there, and loved the night of rest after climbing up from Phantom Ranch. The trail has clean resthouses and some shade, but make sure to check and see if the water pipe is available. I did not check and discovered water was off at the 1.5 mile resthouse on my way out. Beware of distracted tourists for the last half mile to the top. Many don't move out of the way and can create hazardous conditions. Rangers and volunteers frequent the trail and were very helpful to a few of our group members who needed an extra hand. A few trail angels provided electrolytes and salt to our group and we are forever grateful. Please be prepared for this hike. The garden is alluring and I can see how it distracts hikers and gets them into trouble. Getting down there is easy. Climbing out is no joke. Start early and plan to be out before well before noon, especially in the warm months.

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Laura Sylvester
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Really fantastic! So rewarding to see the canyon from this perspective and the cool Creek in Indian Garden is a welcome relief for rest before you head back up, up up. Hard and potentially crowded on the first 1.5 - think tourist in tennis shoes who don’t all get that you should yield the right of way to weary hikers trying to keep momentum on the way back up. We hiked in May 8am start. My first down then up hike- different for sure! Trekking poles really helped. Weather was cool. Packed lots of water- more than I thought I would need. Excellent rest houses at 1.5 and 3.0 mile marks and of course good facilities at 4.5 mile point at Indian Garden. Use the rest houses to assess how you are doing on way down in case you need to lessen your plan. We walked around IG a bit for lunch so our mileage was longer than stated. On the way up, it was warmer and we strategically stopped every .5 miles for a small rest and drinking. All in finished up around 3:20 pm. Burnt calves for 2 days following. Would do it again for the beauty.

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Elaine Manning
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Great hike! We did this on Sunday. Need plenty, plenty of water. One thing nice is when you get to the garden, there is a water spout to refill. We took camelbacks and honestly I would recommend one that holds a gallon of water. Very easy going downhill, but watch out....,,,coming back up you’ll need to take many, many breaks. This was our first hike of the season and really kicked our butts, but we were glad we did. We’re in our 40s and 50s. Legs ache since you’re having to take long step ups here and there, and unless hiking, you’re not lifting your legs up high. We went a mile or two passed the garden. Took us 7 hours to complete. We started around 8am and finished up around 3pm. Great workout for sure! Burned double the calories. Bring Gatorade or something similar as well! There’s a nice place at the garden to eat your lunch with lots of shade and picnic tables.

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