Plateau Point Trail via Bright Angel Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

Plateau Point Trail via Bright Angel Trail is a 12.2 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, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from September until May.

Length12.2 miElevation gain3,156 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingNature tripsRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Grand Canyon National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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Michael maestas
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Case Edmondson
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Sydney Herring
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BEAUTIFUL hike! As of 1/16 there was no snow or ice on the trail. Extremely well marked and wide path. There was three places to stop for water and restrooms throughout the hike (which we didn’t realize but was nice!) Lots of mule poop on the trail but nothing you can’t dodge. We started at 7:30a and ended around 3p with tons of stops for pictures and a long break at the point. We had the trail almost to ourselves the entire first half but later in the day the trail got more crowded (as expected) but especially the last 3 miles closest to the top (since a lot of people just hike the beginning portion). From the Plateau you can see the Colorado River which was a different and cool vantage point! One you hit flat terrain there is NO shade. While it was a nice change of warmth in the winter, the summer would be a totally different story. Highly recommend!! Starting earlier the better (no trouble finding parking, less crowds and the sunrise on the canyon was STUNNING)

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Adam Fierer
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Wonderful trail. Definitely worth the track.

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Jerome Soldo
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HikingGreat!

Our group loved this trail! Beautiful views of the Grand Canyon all the way down, and of course back up. We started around 10am and finished at about 4pm. The top is a bit icy for the first mile, but we managed just fine in hiking boots as long as you’re careful in certain places. Definitely go all the way to the bottom for even deeper views of the canyon and of the Colorado river. The trail is a gradual and not too steep slope down and back up, but of course is challenging due to the incline and length. There’s water from potable pumps every couple of miles so don’t worry too much about that. Save a picnic for the bottom where there are nice flat rocks to sit on and views to enjoy. Have fun!

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Karl Whealton
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Shari Scott-Smith
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Amazing!!

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Kt Brigman
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Megan Nichols
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Incredible! Tough, but totally doable, and absolutely breathtaking. If you’re going to train and prepare for it, do hill repeats and stairs. I didn’t expect as many stairs as there was. The last mile or two was rough and I’m in pretty good shape. We finished in just over 6 hours and stopped a lot for photos and snacks. Seeing the Colorado river put icing on the cake. You have to go the full way to the point! You won’t regret it.

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Tracy Nguyen
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If you had to do only 1 hike, I would recommend this one. You really get to see the beauty of the Grand Canyon with the 360 view once you get in the plateau. I did the South Kaibab trail to skeleton point as well and thought this was by far the better Grand Canyon experience. Get there early to avoid the crowds, we started at 9 and were done around 2 but definitely walked on the faster end. The trail was icy at the top, we didn’t need crampons but wouldn’t hurt for those who are less sure of footing.

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Kendall Baily
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We went today January 2nd. in the morning there was packed snow majority of the first 2 miles, some of it had melted on our way back up. Poles would of been helpful, crampons seem like an overkill. I did it easily in hiking boots. My Apple Watch tracked 13 miles RT. The last 4/4.5 miles are hard, but if you are in pretty good shape, nothing to be concerned about. I could see how it would be dangerous in the summer. Views were great! Start early to avoid the crowds. The view at the end is totally worth the 3 miles. It took us 4 hours 40 min of walking. Definitely wear layers! Enjoy!

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Jamin Etchison
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AJ Wolfe
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Plateau point six miles down from the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. Stunning views inside the canyon in a 360 degree pano. Views of the Colorado river are stunning. There are water sources along the way so no need to haul extra water down and back.

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Saksham Jain
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Total 6 miles downhill first and then 6 miles back uphill. The starting 1.5 miles was covered with snow so crampons are suggested. This trek basically takes you to the middle elevation between top of grand canyon and the colorado river, starting from the top of grand canyon. The view at bottom is nice (You get to actually comprehend how large grand canyons hills are) I started at 9 am and came back at 2.30 pm, though I was walking a bit faster than average. I would say if you start early, this trek is completely doable. It's not tricky trek, just tiring to climb back uphill. The path is well maintained. 1-2 litre of water per person is enough in winter as some rest points have water. You might want to take some food with you.

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Kevin Lawler
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Pretty awesome. Snowed on the way back up, very challenging.

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Sertan Usanmaz
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Did this hike on 12/27, the trail is very well maintained the entire way - just watch out for the pee and poop that mules drop since it’s a shared trail. Most Park Rangers will warn you against hiking down to the Colorado River and back in one day but with enough time and both mental and physical preparation, it’s definitely doable. If you are up for an adventure, this hike is one of the best ways to truly experience the Grand Canyon in all its glory. You will gain a tremendous appreciation for the size and grandeur of this magical place. Make sure you pack lots of water and don’t forget the sunscreen! Feel free to follow my Instagram account @sertanusanmaz for more dope hiking adventures!

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KOHEI SHOJI
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HikingGreat!

Did the trail today. No snow or ice, no crampons necessary, walking stick recommended for the climb. Pretty bland for the first 4 miles or so, incredible views from there. Need to go past Indian garden to be rewarded for your efforts. Did South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back the day before; much easier than that obviously but still a challenging hike. Generally better views on South Kaibab but the view at Plateau Point was amazing. Dress in layers.

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Jason Downie
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Carlyn Arteaga
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This trail was well maintained, straightforward, and easy to follow even in the snow. The difficulty comes completely from the elevation gain and distance. Dress in layers, bring water, mark what time you leave and turn around when you need to based on sunset, and if you’re in decent shape you’ll be fine! We started the hike expecting to make it to the campground if we were lucky but made it to plteau point and back in 5.5 hours with plenty of daylight to spare. The trail is heavily trafficked by overnight backpackers and day hikers and mules and rangers so you never feel too desolate.

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Jimmy Kazantzis
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It was a great alternative to the rim to river hike. Took me 6 hours exactly. Took my time going down and stopped for a beautiful lunch (3.5 hours) and raced the sun on the way back up (2.5 hours) in an effort to not need the headlamp. Going back up, however, was more challenging. Indian garden is a beautiful oasis in the valley, and plateau point was an amazing turn around point highlight with amazing views on the Colorado river.

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Nick Thompson
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don't go too far cause you gotta come back up

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Nazary Nebeluk
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Rob Ticzon
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Great trail. Well maintained and awesome views both ways.

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Stu Keech
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Amazing hike and views! The rim trail just doesn’t do it justice, and you NEED to experience the Grand Canyon from down below. This is not for the feint of heart, bring lots of water (even in the winter).

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Darren Imphean
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One of the most difficult and rewarding hikes of my life

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