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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.

Length 12.2 mi Elevation gain 3,156 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

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Reviews (438)
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Recordings (269)
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Jeff Baker
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HikingGreat!

hiked down to Plateau Point and it is tough, but the payoff that the bottom was worth it!

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Sarah Townsend
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Hiking

Breath taking views and a very well kept trail. There are bathrooms and water every 1.5 miles which is very convenient. My boyfriend and I started around 5:30 am and it took us 2 hours to reach Plateau Point at a jogging pace. We stopped a few times for water along the way too. On our way back up, it took us about 2.5-3 hours at a steady pace. We made quick stops for water but wanted to beat the heat. There was plenty of shade along the way but you definitely need to bring lots of water. The trek back up is a tough one but the views are completely worth it.

Nicola Gnecco
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Hiking

Trail wasn’t too bad. Started at 4:15 am and took a little over 2 hours to get to the plateau point and just over four hours to get back to the rim. Views were top notch but the donkey dropping ruined parts of the trail. Water was available at all the water stops including at plateau point.

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Zack Quilty
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Hiking

You are allowed to hike the trail at night and boy would I recommend it. Went down 3 hours prior to sunset and got to watch the most sunset I’ve ever seen all by myself. The hike up isn’t bad at all with a single headlamp and you also get to see some of the most clear skies imaginable. Not to mention that most of the heat has passed.

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Michaela Leffingwell
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Hiking

This trail was nothing short of spectacular. Plateau Point is absolutely worth the extra 1.5 miles (3 miles altogether) to hike past Indian Gardens. I’ve never seen a more beautiful spot in my life. We made it down from the rim in 2 hours and it took 2 hours and 40 minutes to get back up. It is definitely challenging but it is way less steep than South Kaibab to Skeleton Point. We started at 2:30pm, ate lunch at Plateau point, and ended just at sunset at 7:40. It was nice and shaded on our way back up and we got caught in pouring rain for twenty minutes, so if you are hiking during the summer, I recommend bringing a waterproof bag for your phone! We saw a family of 9 mountain goats and a family of deer. This was all around the best hike I have been on so far!

Cheyenne Fitzsimons
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HikingNo shade

Great trail and beautiful views on the way and at Plateau Point. We started at 5am and got to plateau point just before 8 which was great it was pleasant going down! The sun broke through the clouds and it started to heat up after we got back to Indian Gardens. It was really hot as we got back up to the 3 mile point, definitely lots of water and gatorade and food. I saw some people recommending starting midday so you’re coming back up as the sun goes behind the wall but I can’t imagine that would cool down much and be better. I was glad we started early morning and got done midday.

Kirstyn Rowen
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Hiking

Took me under 2hrs to get 2.8 mi, starting around 10:30a. The way back up was FAR more difficult and took me over 3 hrs. Gorgeous views, make sure to bring enough water and fill up at the 1.5 mi rest point on the way down AND back!!

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Jack Amory
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning hike. Started at 5:15 AM and the trail was empty. Arrived at Plateau Point by 8:30 and only had to share it with the condors and the rock squirrels. Finished up the hike by 12:15. It was hot on the way back up so plan accordingly and take plenty of breaks if you choose to start in the AM.

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Andrew Peterson
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Hiking

Views were beautiful all the way down. You don’t do the trail justice, if you don’t make it to Plateau Point. Looked at a lot of the Reviews and the most useful was not doing the hike until about 11:30AM-Noon. Leaving later in day allows the sun to go behind the west wall on the extremely strenuous walk back out of the canyon. Water every 1.5 mi which made it bearable in 105 degree weather. Highly recommend.

Adam Bird
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Hiking

Wife and I left the trailhead at 4am. We were in shade all the way to Indian Gardens. With a high today of 98, we decided to turn around at the far end of Indian Gardens by the mule pen. Took us 3 hrs 10 minutes down and 4 hours back up. Beautiful views!

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Shane Grafman
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Took advice from a prior comment and started at 12 the sun was beating on the way down and at plateau point but once we arrived back at the camp ground area the whole hike up was complete shade. It took my wife and I 5:30 of hike time and 6:30 of travel time. Enjoy!

Jae Johnson
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HikingNo shade

Amazing hike! My boyfriend and I are passing through on a cross country road trip and were ill prepared - moderately low cans of sunscreen, a gas station backpack, tuna AND egg salad sandwiches, but we loved this hike and we made it work! Woke up at 5:30 to get into the park by 7 and were hiking by 7:30. Took us 6 hours, the downhill is obviously easiest with the uphill miles 8-12 being the hardest. We are both very athletic but this was a very intense hike coming up at the middle of the afternoon! Stopped at every 1.5 mile rest station to refill our waters - I drank a liter of water at each and refilled for the hike up to the next stop.

Aroura Jackson
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HikingNo shade

One of my favorite trails to hike!! There is little to no shade so I wouldn’t recommend going on a hot summer day. We stopped at Indian Garden to rest on the way down & back up again. We also stayed down at Plateau Point & climbed under the rocks for shade & to rest again. Left at 8:30 am & came back at 6:45 pm. My Apple Watch recorded it to be 12.2 miles altogether!

Borja Ureta
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HikingNo shade
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Wes Casaus
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HikingNo shade

Not the first time going down Bright Angel Trail but this trip down final goal/destination was the Plateau Point. Took some advice from a previous post and headed down Bright Angel Trailhead at high noon on Saturday, June 27. It was a pleasant low 80’s at the top. The return up was in the shade and we didn’t have the sun in our faces most of the trip either. Good suggestion as we originally planned to head down in the early morning. Didn’t see a single mule train the whole day which was nice as there were fewer mule “presents” on the trail. Not a lot of hikers past the 1 1/2 mile house and water station. Water was running here, at 3 mile house, and Indian Gardens. There isn’t any water at Plateau Point!!! Be aware and carry extra water for the 3 mile roundtrip hike out to the Point. It was 110 degrees going out to the Point at 3pm. From Indian Gardens to the Point took about 30 minutes. We spent 30-45 minutes at the Point and came back to IG to rest and soak our feet in the cold creek while we rested up for the ascent. Highly recommend the soak, the cool water was amazing! We headed back up about 6pm and finished at the top at 9pm. The going was great, shaded, not hot, only saw 7 people on the ascent, and the great breeze was cooling. Definitely needed headlamps last mile as it was way too dark to see the trail. 12.2 miles round trip and about 3500’ total elevation change. Time well spent and the view at the Point is awesome!

Kevin Berg
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Hiking

This hike is definitely not for the faint of heart but well worth it! We started around 9:30am and had an overcast breezy day for the whole trip down. On the way up we found the sun to be brutal until it passed over the other ridge giving us shade for the final 3 miles. Like many others have previously stated, try starting around noon so you have shade on your way up. Pack water (although there are several water stations) and lots of food. Mentally prepare yourself for a long hard day, but the views are 100% worth it. Enjoy!

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Pretty brutal hike but well worth it - if you make it to the Plateau that is. The view from there is absolutely amazing. My advice: DO NOT GO AT SUNRISE - the problem with this strategy is that you are in full sun straight in your face at the hottest part of the day for your ENTIRE return trip up. Trust me, you don’t want that. The way back and up is hard enough as it is. Best strategy is to start at 11am or noon, so then once you make your way back, the sun is behind the mountain and you hike up in the shade. And that’s a true game changer. We started at noon, got to the plateau at 3pm (had it to ourselves!!) and all the way back up at 7pm. Enjoy!!

Jonathyn S.
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Hiking

Watch for mule poop. Rest house/toilets at 1.5 miles and 3 miles.

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Hollie Thornton
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Hiking

Lots of work but great trail. Indian garden is great cool down. Remember to not hike at the hottest part of the day. Canyon not shaded until after 3 and makes a huge difference

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Naveen Chowdary
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HikingNo shade

Started at 9 am ... Wanted to visit Colorado River from bright angel trail ...... but had to abort the mission because it’s very difficult even to come down !!! So have to stop at Indian garden(4.5 miles ) and decided not to go down to the river as we can’t make it before 8pm . Average hiker So deviated to left and went to platue trail and it was excellent !! And really under rated trail. After India garden right take hour to Colorado river , but if you take a lefty out will go to plaute trail . Once you reach the end of trail , you will forget the pain that you had suffered . Excellent and must go for all average hikers . You will see the entire south north rims and also the Colorado river view . It’s exactly mid point and you can’t go further . You have to return back in the same route to Indian garden. Don’t carry water as every 1.5 miles you have water . Indian garden has lot of shade but. Plaute trail doesn’t have any shade . It’s very hot too as you will Be exposed to sun while you walk .

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Coulter M
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Hiking

Awesome place to watch the sunset. Please bring a headlamp, even if you start in the morning! Don't be the person that's stumbling up the trail in the dark or with their phone light. 3hr 30min round trip (I ran down)

Kaylee Martz
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Hiking

Too tired to leave a review. Haha. Edited later: this is an intense hike. I am very active and in good shape and it hurt. Down and back took about 7 and a half hours (I stopped and took pictures a good amount). Bring food and water. There is a camping site at the bottom of the canyon that I wish I knew about before because once we got to the bottom and to Plateau Point, the thought of having to go back up was very daunting. It would have been nice to split it up. BUT... you can’t beat the views out at the point... absolutely beautiful.

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Martina Leitz
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Hiking

Even if you think sometimes it’s not so hard, the last mile up is super hard! But worth everything. The view at the plateau is stunning. I recommend to start the hike around sunrise. We were almost by our self the way down and it was an amazing adventure.

Lisbet Padron
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Hiking

Super beautiful trail.. take into account you’ll double the time going up. If you made it down there in 2 hrs, you’ll make it back up in 4. Initially thought to go all the way down the river but time was crucial for a day of hike without camping. There are 2 rest houses with water and the rangers cabin after the garden- 1.5 miles before the plateau. Beautiful views of the Canyon. There’s no shade on the 1.5 mile hike to the plateau.

Kelly A
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Hiking

I had had hiked the Grand Canyon twice before and had never gone out to Plateau Point. It was absolutely worth the added mile in each direction for this gorgeous view. It's an easy walk, no incline. We took a break at Indian Garden and got more water before and after we headed out to the point. There is no shade on this trail.

Udi Katz
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Hiking

Have completed yesterday morning, this incredible hike. Its is actually 15+ miles with 3,350' Lose/Gain. Plateau Point is stunning!!! Will be back

John Dennison
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HikingIcy

Completed 2/15. First 1.5 Mike or so are quite icy and crampons are highly suggested. The views at Plateau Point are fantastic and well worth it. Completed in 6 hours, 5 hours moving.

arrin plowman
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Diane Stoick
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Julia Tang
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Hiking

Definitely worth going 1.5 miles past Indian Garden to Plateau Point. Indian Garden does not offer much in the way of views, but at Plateau Point you get awesome views of the river and different parts of the canyon. It's also mostly flat after Indian Garden, so large rewards for mild extra effort. Microspikes were definitely very useful about halfway to the 1.5 mile resthouse, for the first several switchbacks. and we saw lots of people slipping in the morning without them. The trail is very well maintain, and is a steady incline on the way back up. One drawback is until you pass Indian Gardens, the view of the canyon is pretty much the same. I prefer South Kaibab Trail to this one due to slightly more variety in views, but this is still a really awesome trail.

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